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Heide Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art is stag­ing “Al­bert Tucker: Aus­tralian Sto­ries”, which ex­plores Tucker’s interest in Aus­tralian myth and iden­tity.

Tucker be­gan paint­ing out­back themes while liv­ing in Italy in the mid-1950s. This ex­hi­bi­tion brings to­gether paint­ings por­tray­ing a cast of leg­endary characters set within a harsh and alien­at­ing Aus­tralian land­scape, among them Ned Kelly and the Wild Colo­nial Boy. De­fy­ing na­tion­al­ist clichés, Tucker de­picts these bushrangers not as heroic fig­ures, but as lurk­ing cen­taurs wait­ing to pounce on their prey.

On­go­ing, Tue–sun 10am–5pm, Heide Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art, 7 Tem­plestowe Road, Bulleen. 9850 1500. heide.com.au

Al­bert Tucker, “Wild Colo­nial Boy 4”, 1968. Syn­thetic poly­mer paint on com­po­si­tion board, 91.3 x 122 cm, Heide Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art, on long-term loan from the Es­tate of Bar­bara Tucker.

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