Colonial History Explored at NGV Australia
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.