Colo­nial His­tory Ex­plored at NGV Aus­tralia

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NGV Aus­tralia is host­ing two com­ple­men­tary ex­hi­bi­tions that ex­plore Aus­tralia’s com­plex colo­nial his­tory and the art that emerged dur­ing and in re­sponse to this pe­riod.

Pre­sented con­cur­rently “Colony: Aus­tralia 1770–1861” and “Colony: Fron­tier Wars”, of­fer dif­fer­ing per­spec­tives on the coloni­sa­tion of Aus­tralia. “Colony: Aus­tralia 1770–1861” ex­plores the rich di­ver­sity of art, craft and de­sign pro­duced be­tween 1770, the ar­rival of Lieu­tenant James Cook and the En­deav­our, and 1861, the year the NGV was es­tab­lished.

“Colony: Fron­tier Wars” presents a re­sponse to coloni­sa­tion through a range of his­tor­i­cal and con­tem­po­rary works by Indige­nous and non-indige­nous artists dat­ing from pre-con­tact times to the present day. From nine­teen­th­cen­tury draw­ings by es­teemed Wu­rund­jeri artist and leader, William Barak, to the irides­cent LED light boxes of Jonathan Jones, this ex­hi­bi­tion re­veals how Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple have re­sponded to the ar­rival of Euro­peans. From 15 March, NGV Aus­tralia, Fed­er­a­tion Square, Mel­bourne. 8620 2222. ngv.vic.gov.au

Henry Burn, “Swanston Street from the Bridge”, 1861, oil on can­vas, 71.8 x 92.2cm. Na­tional Gallery of Vic­to­ria, Mel­bourne Gift of John H. Con­nell, 1914.

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