In the Japanese Manner: Australian prints 1900-1940
A National Gallery of Australia touring exhibition
In the Japanese manner highlights the work of Australian artists inspired by the traditional Japanese woodblock printing art of ukiyo-e. This exhibition presents a rare opportunity to observe how Australian artists adapted the style and technique of Japanese woodblock printing to form a distinctly Australian aesthetic. The influences of Japanese art initially came to prominence in Europe in the 1850s through woodblock prints. Their radical forms, cropped figures, flat colours and unique compositions transformed the art world at the time and by the 1900s this influence had spread to Australia. Its effect on the art world was revolutionary.
The artists selected for In the Japanese manner represent some of the most well known in Australian art including Paul Haefliger, Margaret Preston, Thea Proctor, Ethel Spowers, Lionel Lindsay, Violet Teague and Napier Waller.
2010 Beleura National Works on Paper An MPRG exhibition
The 2010 Beleura National Works on Paper is an acquisitive exhibition that brings together contemporary works on paper from across the nation.
The curatorial theme for this year’s exhibition is ‘Contemporary Portraiture’. The exhibition will showcase the way artists are using the nature of paper – its materiality – to examine themes of personal, community, national and trans-national identity in a time when the borders between public and private, fictitious and real are continually being challenged and redefined. Traditional approaches to both portraiture and working with paper will be explored in the exhibition along with works that use new technological mediums – displaying the ways in which these mediums are prompting new explorations of portraiture and working with paper.
Judges for the 2010 Beleura National Works on Paper comprise: Jane Alexander, Director, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery; Alisa Bunbury, Curator, Prints & Drawings, National Gallery of Victoria and Jon Cattapan, artist.
Exhibitions Open Saturday September 11 @ 4pm-6pm
Brunch with Simon Sunday September 12 Join Simon Elliott for brunch and a walk through the current NGA touring exhibition, In the Japanese Manner: Australia prints 1900-1940
Young at Art Tuesday September 14 and October 12 These popular interactive sessions with storyteller, Mattaeo are designed for 0-5 year olds to engage with the Gallery and other children.
Beauty & Desire: Japanese prints Thursday October 14 Australia’s sole authroity on the art of the Japanese Edo period (1600-1868), Dr Gary Hickey, will talk about this artform and how it inspired Western artists.
Shockwaves Thursday October 7 Join Elizabeth Butel as she reveals and explores the images and influences that shaped iconic Australian artist Margaret Preston.
Meet the artists Several finalists in the 2010 Beleura National Works on Paper exhibition will be at the Gallery on Sunday October 10 to discuss their work with visitors.
Get Into Art Day Sunday October 17 Participate in the all ages special events program at the Gallery
Mornington Food, Wine and Performing Arts Festival Sunday October 17 Visit the Gallery’s marquee in Main Street, Mornington
Day trip Travel with a small group to the Australian Print Workshop in Fitzroy. See the latest exhibition and see printers at work in their studios. Stroll around vibrant Gertrude Street and savour the special ambiance of this creative precinct.
for full program details go to the Gallery’s website http://mprg.mornpen.vic.gov.au or call the Gallery on 5975 4395 Bookings are essential and charges apply