La Trobe's art on display at gallery

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 15-Jun-2017

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MORE than 100 artworks are on display at the Bendigo Art Gallery in a new exhibit entitled Revealing Identity: The Collections of La Trobe University.


 La Trobe Art Institute’s Kent Wilson and his team had the daunting task of sifting through the core collection of some 8000 works, selecting works from a variety of media.

Visitors to Melbourne’s National Gallery of Victoria will be familiar with the spectacular stained glass ceiling by Australian artist Leonard French, but many of his other works are just as iconic.

They include the seven-panel series The Legend of Sinbad the Sailor, which was intially commissioned for the famed Legend Cafe in Melbourne in the 1950s.

The panels were later donated to La Trobe University, adding to the vast and diverse art collection spread across the university’s campuses.

Now these panels, along with more than 100 other artworks are on display at the Bendigo Art Gallery, in a new exhibition entitled Revealing Identity: The Collections of La Trobe University. 

La Trobe Art Institute senior curator Kent Wilson and his team had the daunting task of sifting through the core collection of some 8000 works, selecting works from a variety of media including photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, print, ceramics and across different periods and movements in Australian art.

“Popular works on show are from such artists as Dale Hickey, Charles Blackman, Grace Cossington Smith and Fred Williams, but the diversity of the collection also includes aboriginal bark paintings right through to Chinese and Soviet propaganda posters,” Dr Wilson said.

“The students in Bendigo even passed a bucket around to help purchase another Len French piece for the collection,” Dr Wilson said.

Revealing Identity: The Collections of La Trobe University will run at the Bendigo Art Gallery from June 24 to September 3. 

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