Melanesian art: redux
17 Nov 2018 – 17 Feb 2019
Location: Lower level 2
Significant works of art from the Gallery’s Pacific collection are on display, some for the first time in four decades.
The first works of Pacific art entered the Gallery’s collection in 1962, at the instigation of the Gallery’s deputy director Tony Tuckson. Four years later the groundbreaking exhibition Melanesian art, curated by Tuckson, opened at the Gallery with 377 works from public and private collections. One of the most comprehensive exhibitions of Pacific art held in an Australian gallery, it featured work from Papua New Guinea, Torres Strait, Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Western New Guinea.
To celebrate Tuckson’s achievement, a selection of works he acquired for the Pacific collection is on display, coinciding with a major exhibition of his own artworks, Tuckson: the abstract sublime.
Image: Iatmul people, Papua New Guinea Gable mask mid 20th century (detail) © Iatmul people, under the endorsement of the Pacific Islands Museums Association’s (PIMA) Code of Ethics