Archived Exhibitions

2016

Reading Adventures

Noel Shaw Gallery, Baillieu Library, from 16 July 2015 - 21 February 2016

The University Library at the University of Melbourne holds a rich selection of adventure books, from early examples such as Gulliver's travels and Robinson Crusoe, to stories set across Britain's far-flung empire. More

Somewhere in France : Australians on the Western Front

Noel Shaw Gallery, Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne,  11 March – 26 June 2016

This bilingual exhibition is about the lives of young Australians in France and Belgium during World War I. A century after the arrival of Australian troops on the Western Front in March 1916, this exhibition focuses on the experiences of the soldiers in the periods that they spent away from the front line. More

2015

Souvenirs of the Grand Tour: The Vizard Collection of Antiquities

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 28 April to 25 September 2015

Comprising sixty objects, this collection of antiquities was acquired by the Vizard Foundation and now forms an integral part of the Vizard Foundation Art and Antiquities Collection held at the University of Melbourne. This exhibition will present the collection, which includes Acheulian stone tools, ancient bronze weapons and utensils, Egyptian faience figurines, Greek and Cypriot ceramics, Roman glass and Byzantine jewellery, in its entirety for the first time. Supplemented with prints and rare books from the University’s own collections that relate to the Grand Tour, the exhibition will explore the theme of the antiquarian imagination and the historical practice of collecting antiquities. More

Doing the Block: S.T. Gill from Newman College and University of Melbourne Library

Ground floor, Baillieu Library, 23 June to 16 August 2015

The work of S.T. Gill is celebrated for his depiction of life in Victoria during the upheaval of the Gold Rush during the 1850s and beyond. Take this opportunity to see original pen and pencil sketches by Gill from Newman College as well as lithographs of his works appearing in contemporary publications from Rare Books, University Library. Doing the Block is on display as part of the S.T. Gill and the Colonial World conference to be held at the University of Melbourne on Saturday 18 July 2015.

Weird melancholy: The Australian gothic

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 2 April to 9 August 2015

The gothic tradition—dealing with alienation, violence, and a powerful, if imaginary, oppressor—held great appeal for nineteenth century Australian writers wishing to convey their experience of the ‘new world’. The University’s collection of early landscape painting shows that our most celebrated artists were not free of anxieties about the natural environment and the ghosts that haunt it, indeed many could not escape them. Weird melancholy brings together works from the nineteenth century to the contemporary era. The exhibition reveals how artists are attempting to confront the ‘weirdness’ of their home and in doing so engaged tropes of the colonial gothic tradition. More

Brook Andrew. Sanctuary: Tombs of the outcasts

Ian Potter Museum of Art 18 April to 9 August 2015

The world dramatically changed after the outbreak of WWI: Australia was not excluded. Described as the war to end all wars, it would be a mere two decades before Europe was once again plagued by a major conflict. Australia has played its role in both of these wars and many other conflicts since. Important reactions post war, which seem unrelated and incidental, help shape community and nations. Brook Andrew. Sanctuary: Tombs of the outcasts seeks to give voice to aspects of history which have become silent and reveals Australia as a place of sanctuary. It aims to ask questions about what we remember, personal and collective, and how we commemorate. More

Women of the late Renaissance Prints

Third floor, Baillieu Library, 9 June to 2 August 2015

Examples of sixteenth century female engraver Diana Scultori’s (Mantovana) work sit side by side with a selection of prints depicting women by renowned printmakers of the period. Born to a Mantuan printmaker and sculptor, Scultori was fortunate to learn her craft from her father and to later gain a papal privilege to protect her works. She was also uniquely mentioned in Giorgio Vasari’s Lives. Highlighting three of the five Scultori works housed in the Baillieu Library Print Collection, the display also features pieces by Hans Baldung Grien and Agostino Carracci.

From botanical illustrations to research: Watercolours from the University of Melbourne Herbarium

Noel Shaw Gallery, Baillieu Library, 27 March to 28 June 2015

This exhibition will combine intricately rendered watercolours of fungi with actual specimens from the University of Melbourne Herbarium collection. The watercolours, also from the Herbarium, were produced by gifted commercial and natural history artist, Malcolm Howie (1900–1936) in the mid-1930s. He worked in tandem with his brother-in-law Jim Willis, a botanist at the national Herbarium of Victoria, who collected and identified the specimens Howie painted. Their collaboration contributed to a greater understanding of endemic and introduced fungi. Also included in the exhibition are books and manuscripts depicting mushrooms and toadstools from the University of Melbourne's Rare Books Collection including the elegant herbal Hortus sanitatus, printed in Mainz in 1491. More

Japanese wonders: Beautiful items from Rare Books at the University of Melbourne

Ground floor, Baillieu Library, 1 April to 19 June 2015

Japan has long been known for its sense of the aesthetic, as the way things are perceived is part of Japanese everyday life. This exhibition showcases paper, textiles, fan design, matchbox design, woodblock print creation, kimono design, manga and a few other curious items.

Between artefact and text: Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and Rome in the University of Melbourne Classics and Archaeology collections

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 25 October 2014 to 19 April 2015

Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and Rome are all great civilisations of the ancient world: each one imbued with particular linguistic, social, religious and political systems. On one level these different societies are characterised by distinctive cultural developments and unique literary traditions. On another level connections and influences are clearly discernible. Between artefact and text features selected objects from the collections situated against the backdrop of four great literary works from the ancient world: the Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh, the Egyptian Tale of Sinuhe, Homer’s Iliad from Ancient Greece and the Roman Virgil’s Aeneid.

Artist's utopia: Mortimer Menpes in Japan

Grainger Museum, 22 July 2014 to 12 April 2015

This exhibition of prints, paintings and decorative arts tells the story of South Australian-born artist Mortimer Menpes (1855–1938) and his love affair with Japanese culture. Menpes was one of the first western artists to visit Japan and produce artworks of the people and their customs. He saw traditional Japan as a world where art-existed through all levels of society and artists and craftspeople were greatly respected. A very popular and successful artist in Edwardian London, Menpes befriended and promoted the young Australian virtuoso pianist and composer, Percy Grainger. Mortimer Menpes' love of Japanese culture left a lasting impression on Percy and his mother, Rose.

Boisterous Beginnings: doctors in the Port Phillip District

Medical History Museum, 11 October 2014 to 11 April 2015

Surgeon George Bass, Matthew Flinders' close friend, had visited what became Victoria when he landed in Western Port Bay in 1798 but it was not until settlement in the 1830s that doctors began their work in what was then known as the Port Phillip District. The Medical Register was extended from New South Wales to the Port Phillip District in 1838. There were some formidable personalities practising medicine in the area at the time, but they often had other interests and activities that were apparently more important: politics, for example, the acquisition of land and the accumulation of fortune. By 1844, the Medical Board had listed in the Government Gazette 35 "gentlemen [who had] submitted the necessary testimonials of qualification" to practise in the Port Phillip District. But it was two years before 12 of them formed a Port Phillip Medical Association (PPMA). This exhibition examines these early beginnings of a professional association highlighting the key individuals and social values of the day.

Activate, animate, complicate, grow: Recent acquisitions in the University Art Collection

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 27 January to 5 April 2015

The University of Melbourne Art Collection continues to grow through acquisitions and donations ensuring the ongoing documentation of artistic practice. This exhibition presents a number of acquisitions over the last two years in dialogue with existing works from the collection, presented as individual 'case studies' that intend to demonstrate what additions to the Collection can do. The exhibition reveals the commitment of the Potter and the University in maintaining a significant public collection while also demonstrating the continued links between a diverse range of artistic mediums and voices. More

Bea Maddock prints display

Third floor, Baillieu Library, 17 February to 31 March 2015

Bea Maddock is one of Australia’s most significant printmakers. This display, drawn from the Baillieu Library Print Collection,will feature prints primarily from Maddock’s Melbourne series, a collection of works inspired by the artist’s experience living in South Melbourne in 1964. Maddock has used the intimate and expressive technique of drypoint to record her personal impressions of life in the city, revealing herself as a keenly sensitive and discerning observer. Also included in the display will be examples of her later experiments in the medium of photo-etching.

Norman Macgeorge: An unlikely Modernist

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 6 December 2014 to 29 March 2015

While Norman Macgeorge was a great supporter and advocate of Modernism within the realm of public debate, his own artistic practice remained on the conservative side of radical invention. His early works followed the lineage of Australian Impressionism and later, after a trip to Europe, he began to adopt the stylistic and conceptual characteristics of Post Impressionism, especially after the works of Paul Cézanne and Vincent van Gogh. Norman Macgeorge: an unlikely Modernist celebrates Macgeorge as both a great defender of Modernism and reveals his engagement with early European Modernism in his own artistic practice. More

The merchant of print: Celebrating the life and afterlife of Aldus Manutius

Ground floor, Baillieu Library, 6 February to 29 March 2015

Marking the quincentenary of the death of the great printer and publisher Aldus Manutius (c.1451–1515), this display from Special Collections includes a first edition copy of Aldus’ most well-known publication, the Hyperotomachia Poliphili (1499), original examples of his successful hand-held books, and the first edition of Baldassare Castiglione’s Il Cortegiano, published by Aldus' successors in 1528. Based in Venice, the publishing capital of Renaissance Europe, Aldus introduced the first italic type, published many first editions of classical authors, and developed small format books meant to be read like modern paperbacks, which proved highly popular among the literate classes.

Aftershocks: Experiences of Japan's Great Earthquake

Noel Shaw Gallery, Baillieu Library, 1 September 2014 to 1 March 2015

The forthcoming exhibition Aftershocks: Experiences of Japan's Great Earthquake explores the impact of Japan's deadliest natural disaster on everyday lives through objects from the University of Melbourne's East Asian Rare Materials Collection. The Great Kantō Earthquake of 1 September 1923 flattened the city of Tokyo, killed approximately 120,000 people and rendered a further 2.5 million homeless, all in one day. Highlights of this bilingual exhibition include children's drawings in response to the disaster and historical commemorative postcards. The exhibition will be accompanied by a public lecture series. More

2014

Germaine Greer collection at the University of Melbourne Archives

Ground floor, Baillieu Library, 13 November to 16 December 2014

Germaine Greer is one of the iconic figures of the twentieth century and ongoing contributor to current political and social commentary. This display on the ground floor of the Baillieu Library will preview highlights from the extensive Germaine Greer collection at the University of Melbourne Archives acquired in 2013, including notes and drafts for The Female Eunuch, correspondence, diaries, notebooks and photographs.

Rare Maps display of 2014 acquisitions

Fourth floor, Eastern Resource Centre, 5 December 2014

This year the University Library has purchased many rare maps to add to its already considerable collection of rare cartographic material. These new acquisitions are mainly from the 18th and 19th centuries, with a focus on Australian material. In addition, the Library also purchased several complementary early world maps.

For one day only, approximately 50 of these recently acquired maps will be on display in the closed area of the Map Collection.

North South East West: Visions of mid-19th century Victoria from the University of Melbourne Art Collection

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 22 July to 16 November 2014

By the mid-19th century Victoria had become a destination of choice for free settlers. The discovery of gold in 1851 encouraged mass migration which saw the colony grow from 76,000 to 540,000 in a decade and cities such as Melbourne, Bendigo and Ballarat flourished becoming centres of both population and economic power. This exhibition presents visions of the colony in all directions revealing the dynamism and development of the gold rush and coastal regions and the yet unconquered romanticised landscape further afield. More

Interconnections: Books, Text, Art

Ground floor, Baillieu Library, 2 October to 11 November 2014

The book's primacy in the dissemination of information has been challenged by the growth of digital communication. Information and text now exist in a variety of simultaneous physical and digital forms, as digital technology facilitates the independence of text and format. What then of objects whose content is inseparably embedded within their physical formats? This exhibition explores books as objects whose physical form, text, design and aesthetics are essential components of an integrated whole. Whilst texts can be presented in other forms, the physical act of writing or printing by hand using fine materials creates objects that offer information and meanings beyond that of their content.

Epilepsy: Perception, Imagination and Change

Medical History Museum, 16 April to 4 October 2014

Attitudes to epilepsy provide an excellent perspective on the collision between magic and science, the earliest records attempting to distinguish between disease and demonic possession. This interpretation of the origin of seizures has influenced significantly the management of the illness over the ages, and continues to inform popular conceptions. This exhibition brings together past and present attitudes to epilepsy examining impact on individuals, families and communities. 2014 is the fiftieth Anniversary of the Epilepsy Foundation of Victoria.

Reflections: Tales from within the crystal

Ground floor, School of Chemistry, University of Melbourne, 26 July to 30 September 2014

Crystals have long captivated mankind, from ancient healing remedies and myth and legend, to modern fashion trends and industrial applications. Scientific interest in crystals was piqued over 400 years ago by Johann Kepler who detailed the beautiful symmetry of ice crystals. By the 20th century, scientists discovered that X-rays could be used to determine the arrangement of the atoms which comprise the crystal, creating the field of Crystallography. This exhibition celebrates the International Year of Crystallography bringing together crystal specimens, models and instruments used throughout history to solve the mysteries that lie within the crystal.

‘Some are born great...’: Celebrating Shakespeare's 450th Birthday

Ground floor, Baillieu Library, 1 August 2014 to 26 September 2014

To celebrate the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare's birth the University of Melbourne Library will be displaying a selection of early modern drama in the Baillieu Library. Highlights will include a 1632 Shakespeare 2nd edition folio from the University Library's Special Collections as well as a 1607 edition of Ben Jonson's Volpone or The foxe from the State Library of Victoria. Dr David McInnis, lecturer in English and Theatre Studies at the University of Melbourne, has curated this wonderful celebration of the bard.

The less there is to see the more important it is to look

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 4 June to 21 September 2014

Drawn predominately from the University of Melbourne Art Collection The less there is to see the more important it is to look aims to address some of the questions that abstraction raises. Beginning with three early Australian modernist abstraction works and then presenting the diversity of the movement from the late 20th and early 21st centuries, the exhibition aims to reposition the narrative of abstractionism, urging the viewer to ask questions about the accepted linear history. The exhibition also promotes a closer reading of the works, encouraging the viewer to find meaning and reference in non-figurative artistic practice. More

The genesis of prints

Third floor, Baillieu Library, 10 June to 17 August 2014

Some of the earliest prints created in Europe were from the region we know as present day Germany. Such works printed before 1500 occupy a special place in printing history as they tell us about developments in technology, social history and artistic expression. Many early prints were typically woodcuts of devotional images or those made for playing cards. Due to their ephemeral nature very few of these works of art have survived. This small display showcases rare examples from this early period of print making.

Radicals, slayers and villains

Noel Shaw Gallery, Baillieu Library 31 March to 17 August 2014

Radicals, slayers and villains shows controversial figures from history that have challenged the status-quo and helped shape our world. The striking imagery of these works is captured by seminal artists including Dürer, Goya and Rembrandt. The artists in the exhibition have been instrumental in the development of Western art and the universal theme of the individual and his or her role in society is illustrated through these extraordinarily powerful works. The exhibition has wide appeal through its representation of themes, such as the place and role of the individual in society, the depiction of the human figure, the impact of violence, and death. The often violent imagery depicted in the 'slayers' component of the exhibition presented great appeal to artists working from the Renaissance onwards, and inherent in these images is their capacity to shock and inspire awe in contemporary audiences with their lethal armoury of brutal and savage capabilities. The depiction of the human figure is equally arresting in the group of works categorised as 'villains', which shows supernatural skeletons bringing death, hybrid fiends, demons, criminals and evil animals all conspiring to throw our existence into turmoil. More

Sidelights and cross-references: 75 years of the Grainger Museum

Grainger Museum, 27 March 2013 to 29 June 2014

When the Museum opened on 13 December 1938, it contained an intensely personal and largely unedited collection reflective of Grainger's interests across time, place, disciplines, cultures and musical styles. Several years later, Grainger encapsulated his collecting tastes and principles in an observation that 'Most museums, most cultural endeavours, suffer from being subjected to TOO MUCH TASTE... TOO MUCH SELECTION, TOO MUCH SPECIALISATION! What we want ... is ALL-SIDEDNESS, side-lights, cross-references.' The Grainger collection has continued to grow in ways consistent with its founder's legacy and, 75 years on, it is this 'all-sidedness' that is celebrated here in an eclectic selection of objects, each of which has a story to tell.

Muses: music for queens, princesses and royal mistresses of the Ancien Régime:

A display of items from the Louise Hanson-Dyer Music Library, University of Melbourne

Ground floor, Baillieu Library 21 May to 29 June 2014

From the extravagant wedding festivities of the Balet comique de la royne in 1581 to Marie-Antoinette sponsoring operas (and singing in private performances) two centuries later, the ladies of the French court inspired, patronised and participated in an impressive array of musical activities. Among the ladies featured in this display from the Louise Hanson-Dyer Music Library Rare Collections' holdings of scores, libretti, manuscripts and engravings are the queens Marie Leszczyńska and Marie Antoinette, and royal mistresses Mesdames Pompadour and du Barry; among the composers are Lully, Couperin, Rameau and Rousseau.

The Piranesi effect

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 20 February to 25 May 2014

This is an exhibition based on collisions and correspondences rather than direct influence. The 21st century artists jolt the viewer into seeing Piranesi in a new way and Piranesi enriches our reaction to the contemporary works. The Piranesi effect includes objects from the Classics and Archaeology Collection and prints and folios from the Baillieu Library Print Collection together with works from the University Art Collection and private lenders. The exhibition is a companion show to Rome: Piranesi’s vision being held at the State Library of Victoria until 6 July 2014. More

Ad astra: popular astronomy from the 16th to 21st centuries

Ground floor, Baillieu Library, 1 April to 18 May 2014

Astronomy is among one of the oldest sciences. It is also perhaps one of the most diverse, spanning disciplines of mathematics, physics, chemistry, geology, and philosophy. It is, at the deepest level, a science that is at the very core of our existence. The science in astronomy has historically been the domain of a privileged few. Those with access to education and technology have largely been responsible for most of the major discoveries of our epoch. Luminaries like Ptolemy, Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, and Newton, alongside others, have made astronomy what it is today. Much of what they found has gone relatively unknown by a public who have neither the time nor training to fully appreciate the scientific discoveries of the cosmos.  However, throughout history scientists, philosophers, teachers, and writers have sought to transmit these high ideas to the non-scientist public so that they may explore and enjoy the wonders of the universe. Many of their works have inspired generations of people and have instilled in them, if not a deep understanding, then a deep appreciation of the cosmos. This display highlights the University of Melbourne’s small but important collection of popular astronomy works and celebrates the curiosity that these texts inspire.

Jericho to Jerusalem

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 23 October 2013 to 6 April 2014

The Classics and Archaeology Collection at the University of Melbourne includes an important collection of Bronze and Iron Age pottery from the excavations of Dame Kathleen Kenyon (1906–1978) at Jericho and Jerusalem. Kathleen Kenyon was arguably the most influential woman archaeologist of the twentieth century who made particularly significant contributions in the field of excavation techniques and ceramic methodology. In the 1950s, the University of Melbourne received a small Middle Bronze Age pottery corpus from Tomb A136 at Jericho and a portion of a large Iron Age (II) deposit from Cave 1 in Jerusalem, excavated by Kenyon from 1952 to 1954 and 1961 to 1967 respectively. This exhibition presents over 100 remarkable early ceramics from these famous excavations and tells the story of Kathleen Kenyon’s contribution to archaeology. More

Strength of Mind: 125 years of Women in Medicine

Medical History Museum, 13 September 2013 to 5 April 2014

Women were admitted to Melbourne Medical School in 1887, 25 years after the course had commenced but 21 years before women were entitled to vote in Victoria. These first seven female medical students were tenacious, resilient, and visionary; challenging the social values of their day and making major contributions to public health in Victoria. Led by Constance Stone the first woman to register as a doctor in Victoria in 1890 (she had undertaken her medical education in Canada) they went on to establish the Queen Victoria Hospital in 1896. The first hospital established in Australia for the care of women that was managed and staffed by women and one of three internationally. These attributes have been the qualities of many women in medicine over the last 125 years as they have contributed to all aspects of medical practice and research. Women now comprise over 50% of medical graduates. This exhibition celebrates their achievements from 1887 to now.

Asian arts and scripts: Rare and special items from the Asian collections of Melbourne and Monash University Libraries

Ground & third floor, Baillieu Library, 10 February to 30 March 2014

Asian Libraries in Melbourne (ALIM) is a collaborative venture between Monash University and the University of Melbourne libraries. By sharing resources and expertise, ALIM provides an enhanced service to researchers and students. This exhibition showcases the combined collections of these two Asian Libraries under the broad theme of Asian arts and scripts. Highlights of the Ground floor display will include, from Monash, items in Japanese, Chinese, Indonesian and Korean, focussing on textiles, visual arts, the art of Tibetan Buddhism and rare colonial-era Indonesian books. From Melbourne a selection of Chinese New Year prints will be on display along with a number of rare Japanese woodblock printed books. The third floor display will concentrate on Asian scripts with examples of Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Korean, Indonesian and Chinese books

Transformations: early bark paintings from Arnhem Land

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 14 November to 23 February 2014

The remarkable bark paintings presented in this exhibition date from 1935 to early 1950. Collected by Professor Donald Thomson in the mid-1930s and early 1940s, and by Dr Leonhard Adam in the early 1950s from Central and Eastern Arnhem Land, Caledon Bay and Groote Eylandt in the Northern Territory, these extraordinary works of art are first representations on bark of important ancestral beings, sacred clan designs and totemic animals made in the region specifically for outsiders. They represent some of the earliest translations onto bark of designs and motifs painted on bodies, sacred objects and rock surfaces. The University’s Donald Thomson Collection and Leonhard Adam Collection of International Indigenous Culture are renowned early collections of Indigenous material culture of national significance. More

Designing 'The Shop': the Parkville campus past and future

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 22 October 2013 to 9 February 2014

The physical space of the University of Melbourne is integral to its position in Melbourne’s collective psyche, and the architecture of its buildings tells a story of a community’s embrace of higher education and intellectual development; from the first foundation stone laid in 1854 to the cutting-edge creativity conceptualised in architecture planned for the future. This exhibition explores the idea of the campus past and present. Images and objects drawn from the vast spectrum of the University’s cultural collections will focus on the University’s architectural presence, its buildings, environs and psychogeography. More

Cultivating Modernism: reading the modern garden 1917–1971

Ground floor, Baillieu Library, 14 October 2013 to 31 January 2014

The exhibition Cultivating Modernism: reading the modern garden 1917–1971 showcases Australian garden design during a turbulent period. Displaying original books, journals, prints, and ephemera, the exhibition takes a global view of modernism seen from an Australian perspective. The University of Melbourne Library holds most of the books on display and these chart garden design from the end of the World War One until the dawn of environmentalism in the 1960s and 1970s. In between the shift from Europe to America around the pivotal period of World War Two can be traced, with a shift from European functionalism to a more relaxed Californian modernism. This exhibition coincided with the release of the book Cultivating Modernism: reading the modern garden 1917–71 by curator and author Richard Aitken.

2013

Becoming Wagnerites: Richard Wagner (1813–1883) and Australia

Louise Hanson-Dyer Music Library, 7 October to 19 December 2013

This exhibition explores aspects of the Australian experience of the music of Richard Wagner. It embraces both an early performance history of Wagner’s music in Australia, especially Melbourne, and some of the Australian musicians, primarily singers, in whose international careers the music of Richard Wagner resonated. At the centre of the exhibition is a handwritten letter from Richard Wagner (October 1877) to a German-born Melbourne resident admirer, in which he recommends performance in translation for English-speaking audiences. Selections from the early imprints of Wagner scores found in the rare collections of the Louise Hanson-Dyer Music Library also feature, as do concert and theatre programs, art works and photographs.

Japanese rare books new acquisitions

Third floor, Baillieu Library, 5 September to 23 November 2013

Recent acquisitions to the East Asian Collection have brought colour across a range of subject areas. Most important are items such as a fold-out map of two of the main five travel routes in Edo period Japan, the Tokaido and the Kisokaido (approx. 1750) and a cookery book from the Meiji Era (1868–1912). The cookery book deals mainly with vegetable and fish dishes, and is a reprint of an earlier (early 1800s) book. Other colourful acquisitions include advertising items such as hikifuda, or fliers, which advertise kimono and a two-volume set 'Picture book of a prosperous household' (Ehon Sakaegusa) from the early 1800s.

John Hugh Sutton Collection

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 17 April to 13 October 2013

This antiquities collection was established in 1925 in memory of John Hugh Sutton, an outstanding Classics student and resident of Trinity College. The exhibition features a wide variety of classical coins, vases, terracotta artefacts and bronzes acquired in the late 1920s through auction rooms and antiquities dealers in Britain, and the excavation sites of Greece. More

Philanthropy: the intelligent use of money

Ground floor, Baillieu Library, 4 July to 29 September 2013

Since the establishment of the Hugh Williamson Foundation in 1986, funding has been distributed to over 400 diverse projects across Victoria, including 36 at the University of Melbourne. This exhibition, largely drawn from the Foundation’s records held by the University of Melbourne Archives, provides an insight into the workings of the Foundation.

Creativity and Correspondence: The George Paton Gallery Archive 1971 - 1990

George Paton Gallery, Union House, University of Melbourne, 11 September to 27 September 2013

The University of Melbourne’s Ewing and George Paton Gallery was at the forefront of modern art experimentation in Melbourne from the 1970s. The George Paton Gallery Archive, held at University of Melbourne Archives, contains a wealth of material which reveals much about the establishment and the operations of the gallery. This exhibition explores and highlights key relationships between artists and directors and the creative process, featuring original archival material including correspondence, photographs, slides, catalogues, early video art and posters.

Heat in the eyes: new acquisitions 2010–2013

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 1 June to 22 September 2013

This exhibition presents more than fifty works recently acquired through purchase and donation. Many of the works are being shown for the first time, providing audiences with the opportunity to experience a dynamic selection of Australian contemporary art. New acquisitions reveals the generosity of benefactors while offering insights into how the collection is being developed by curators today. More

Libri: six centuries of Italian books from the Baillieu Library's Special Collections

Leigh Scott Gallery, Baillieu Library, 17 June to 15 September 2013

Libri showcases books by or about Italians and Italy, highlighting the University Library's exciting new purchase of Aldus Manutius's Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, printed in Venice in 1499. Other highlights include a fourteenth century musical manuscript, and books focusing on important figures or movements, including Machiavelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Vasari, Palladio and futurism, as well as modern day books by Italians now living in Australia.

Highlights from the R.F. Price Collection

East Asian Collection: Rare books
Third floor, Baillieu Library, 1 July to 1 September 2013

Dr Ronald Francis Price is a renowned scholar of comparative education who has written widely on education in China. The R.F. Price Collection consists of 1268 Chinese printed items published in China from the 1960s to 1980s amassed by Dr Price during his distinguished career. Presented to the University Library by Dr Price in 2007, the collection is unique in western libraries, with its strong focus on school textbooks, children books and books associated with education in China published during the Cultural Revolution period. This display will profile a selection of significant items from the collection.

Venom: Fear, Fascination and Discovery

Medical History Museum, 15 March to 24 August 2013

Human fascination with the power of venom, and the quest for a universal antidote against this most feared of poisons, is deeply woven into the history of medicine. Colonial Australia reflected this fear and fascination. The first exhibits at the Melbourne Zoological Gardens were snakes to warn the local population of their danger. From the first Dean of Medicine, George Britton Halford, the University of Melbourne has been part of the global debate on the nature of venom. Halford commanded international attention in the 1860s for his controversial, and eventually debunked, 'germ theory' of snake poisoning. After this controversial beginning, Melbourne saw a succession of internationally significant venom researchers, notably CJ Martin Neil Hamilton Fairley, Charles Kellaway, Saul Wiener and Struan Sutherland. Contributions were made through collaboration between major research and cultural institutions, The Melbourne Zoo, the Museum of Victoria, Healesville Sanctuary, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI) and CSL. Numerous CSL researchers, led by Frederick Morgan were instrumental in the successful production of antivenoms. The first Commonwealth grant for medical research, in 1927, for venom research at WEHI set a precedent that eventually led to the formation of the NH&MRC. Struan Sutherland founded the Australian Venom Research Unit (AVRU), in the Department of Pharmacology, upon the privatization of CSL LTD, in 1994. The AVRU builds on more than 80 years of expertise at CSL, as well as 150 years of venom research at the University of Melbourne. Cartoons, posters, photographs, research papers, specimens and snake bite kits from collections and archives of the University and associated institutions, such as the WEHI, Museum Victoria, the State Library, Royal Society of Victoria, National Film and Sound Archive and CSL will tell the story of the development and use of antivenom in Australia from colonial times to now.

Raphael’s Dream

Baillieu Library Print Collection
Third floor, Baillieu Library, 17 June to 11 August 2013

Giorgio Ghisi’s extraordinary 1561 engraving, originally titled Raphael’s Dream, is currently on display outside the Cultural Collections Reading Room on the third floor of the Baillieu Library. Later retitled by scholars to Allegory of Life to reflect its enigmatic qualities, it remains better known by its original name. The Latin inscription at the lower left of the image translates as ‘Raphael of Urbino invented it. Philippus Datus commissioned it for the good of his soul.’ The engraving, which was donated by Dr J. Orde Poynton in 1959, has been recently conserved with the generous support of the Sir Russell and Lady Mabel Grimwade Bequest, through the Miegunyah Fund.

Far-famed city of Melbourne

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 5 March to 4 August 2013

The exhibition takes viewers on a journey through Melbourne that encompasses the technical, pictorial and imaginative aspects of representing its topography, whether through panoramic mapping, tropes of the picturesque and pastoral, or nostalgic attempts to reconstruct past urban landscapes. More

Sport in Japan during the early 20th century

Third floor, Baillieu Library, 7 May to 26 June 2013

Featuring some of the less commonly seen items from the Japanese rare book collection, this display focuses on sporting activities from the early 20th century. Sport in Japan has historically had religious or occupational connections. Sumo, for example, still displays many Shinto aspects such as scattering salt for purification, and it is believed that some of the rituals of sumo are connected with offerings to the gods or divination. Since the increasing openness to Western influence from 1868, foreign visitors to Japan have brought their favourite sports with them. Some of these sports have stayed and become locally popular.

Sports participation is also highly encouraged at school, with sport being a part of the curriculum all through primary, secondary and even on to tertiary education. Most children are encouraged to join an after school sports club, if only to balance out the long hours spent sitting in class during the day and then studying in the evening. The belief is held that the discipline of regular training and practice are good for a growing mind and body, and therefore sport was considered an important part of the curriculum when the education system was being developed during the early 20th century.

Highlights on display include a monograph on physical education in schools from the first decade of the century, showing hand coloured illustrations of children's games and scenes from a school Sports Day, and items about the Meiji Jingu Games, a national sporting event held between the 1920s and early 1940s.

Evidence of a fruitful life: Redmond Barry and the University of Melbourne

Ground floor, Baillieu Library, 4 June to 10 June 2013

As a founding father and first Chancellor, Sir Redmond Barry looms large in the history of the University of Melbourne. Barry stamped his personality on all aspects of the early University from the curriculum to its infrastructure. Evidence of a fruitful life will explore Barry's role in the founding of the University and the great influence he was to exert over its development during his quarter century tenure as Chancellor.

Maps of Asia Minor

Ground floor, Baillieu Library, 9 April to 3 June 2013

The Ronald and Pamela Walker collection of maps of Asia Minor printed between 1511 and 1774 are of international significance. Highlights of the collection, including works by some of the finest cartographers of Renaissance Europe, will be on display.

Protest! Archives from the University of Melbourne

Leigh Scott Gallery, Baillieu Library, 20 February to 2 June 2013

From the 1960s, the growth of the social movements internationally and the public profile of student activism brought campuses to the very centre of protest. Immigration reform, draft resistance and the peace movement against the Vietnam War, Indigenous rights, women’s rights, gay and lesbian liberation and the voicing of environmental concerns were all invigorated by people and societies on campus. As an educator, the University was also an incubator of student activism and was challenged by new forms of debate and democracy. This exhibition explores the acts, events, and personalities of the University Melbourne in a wider landscape of protest from the 1960s to the 1980s.

Seeing the natural world: birds, animals and plants of Australia

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 20 March to 2 June 2013

This exhibition considers afresh Aboriginal and European cultural ways of seeing the natural world in Australia. Featuring bark paintings, nineteenth-century natural history illustrations of birds and animals, and contemporary botanical illustrations, it also includes a carved wooden parrying shield that communicates the changing world of nineteenth-century Aboriginal Victoria and a selection of nineteenth-century books, including Australia’s first illustrated book. More

Polish poster art 1952–84

Ian Potter Museum of Art 26 January to 26 May 2013

Widely recognised as one of the most experimental graphic design genres, the Polish Poster School was at its most vital during the years of Soviet-era Poland. This exhibition is the first to showcase a major component of the 400-plus Polish posters held in the Gerard Herbst Poster Collection, one of the most significant poster collections in Australia. Selected works date from 1952 to the mid-1980s and announce films, theatre, opera and circus performances. More

Highlights of the Harry Felix Simon Collection

East Asian Collection: Rare books
Third floor, Baillieu Library, 1 March to 4 May 2013

Now part of the University's East Asian Rare Books collection, the Harry Felix Simon Collection consists of 1022 books published in classical Chinese c.1880s–c.1980s, which originally formed the private research library of Professor Emeritus Harry Felix Simon. An eminent linguist, Simon was appointed Foundation Professor of Oriental Studies at the University of Melbourne in 1961. During his time at the University Simon played an important role in the establishment of teaching and research in the discipline of Oriental Studies (later known as East Asian Studies), including the teaching of Chinese and Japanese languages. The collection was presented to the University Library by the University of Melbourne's Asia Institute in 2009. Highlights on display include rare copies of works on Chinese drama, opera, archaeology and postcards.

The Leonhard Adam Collection of International Indigenous Culture

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 15 November 2012 to 24 February 2013

The Leonhard Adam Collection of International Indigenous Culture was formed from 1942 to 1960 by Dr Leonhard Adam, a distinguished scholar and lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Melbourne. This exhibition is the second in recent years to present to the public rarely seen objects from the indigenous cultures of North and South America, Africa, Melanesia, Asia and Australia held in the collection.

A priority is to reconnect these important holdings with contemporary communities and individuals for whom they have multi-layered cultural meanings. Our goal is to invite engagement with these beautifully crafted and culturally significant items and incorporate both past and current indigenous perspectives into our custodianship, interpretation and presentation of the collection. More

The Loves, Rages and Jealousies of Juno

Ground Floor, Baillieu library, 4 December 2012 - 31 January 2013

This exhibition displays prints about the Roman goddess Juno. Included are tales of her philandering husband, Jupiter; her forays into the Underworld; and her role in the Trojan War. Curated by Meg Sheehan.

2012

Meanjin

Ground Floor, Baillieu library, 15 October to 30 November 2012

This exhibition is based around a series of linocut blocks that represent portraits by Louis Kahan, beginning in 1955 and ending in 1974, of Australian literary and cultural figures that blew through the doors of the Meanjin literary journal. These drawings became accompaniments to the stories, fiction, poetry, and criticism published in Meanjin, and give shape to the long and tumultuous history of one of Australia’s longest running literary journals. Kahan’s portraits gave image to text, and faces to writers, leaving us with an almost mythic reflection of Australian cultural life of the period. The exhibition was curated by Sally Heath and Anna Heyward.

Ceramic art of ancient Cyprus

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 21 April to 7 October 2012

The University of Melbourne has one of the most important collections of Cypriot antiquities in Australia. The collection is representative of the human history of this strategically important island, and includes a wide range of Bronze and Iron Age artefacts that were brought to Australia by the late Professor JR Stewart from the 1930s until the early 1960s. Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean and is renowned as the island of Aphrodite. The exhibition will feature significant ceramic assemblages recovered from Bronze Age tombs at Vounous from 1937 to 1938, and the Bronze Age cemeteries at Karmi in 1961. More

The University of Melbourne Art Collection

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 1 September to 30 September 2012

This selection of works from the University of Melbourne Art Collection and the Vizard Foundation Art Collection of the 1990s, on loan to the Potter, features an important new acquisition by artist Robert MacPherson titled National art—a simplistic view—the untitled Tasmanian paintings (1977–79). It also includes major works by Kerrie Poliness, Rose Nolan and Robert Rooney. The exhibition presents Macpherson’s work for the first time, displaying 320 of the 800 sheets that comprise this major late 1970s ink on paper drawing. More

Knowledge Through Print: A Melbourne Perspective

Leigh Scott Gallery, Baillieu Library, 12 June to 2 September 2012

To coincide with the Cultural Treasures Festival, the University Library’s Special Collections will curate an exhibition which re-visits the renowned Printing and the Mind of Man exhibition, which was held in London in 1963. The exhibition will showcase a selection of items from the 1963 exhibition from Special Collections and feature some items which perhaps should have been included in that exhibition. The exhibition will complement the 2012 ANZAAB Australian Antiquarian Book Fair which is being held in the University of Melbourne’s splendid Wilson Hall. The exhibition will run from 12 June to 2 September 2012.

Exhibition catalogue available

Visions past and present: celebrating forty years

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 18 February to 26 August 2012

Since 1972, the University of Melbourne has supported an art gallery dedicated to innovative exhibitions, public programs, publications and events. During its history, the museum has presented over 450 exhibitions ranging from classical antiquities to contemporary international projects and important surveys of the work of Australian artists. Celebrating 40 years since the establishment of a university art gallery at Parkville, this exhibition presents a selection of the best known and most important highlights of the University of Melbourne Art Collection, revealing both the quality and the character of the collection. More

A Med Student's Life

Medical History Museum, 20 March to 24 August 2012

Memories, ephemera and photographs of student days collected from Melbourne medical graduates from the 1860s to today. This exhibition brings together the key elements of student life; the teachers, the study and the camaraderie.

A Wealth of Details: The University of Melbourne Archives' architectural collections

Ground floor, Baillieu Library, 26 June to 12 August 2012

To complement the Open House Melbourne program, and as part of the University’s Cultural Treasures Festival the University of Melbourne Archives has prepared A Wealth of Details, showing plans, photographs and documents to give further insight into the City Baths and other buildings that are featured in the Open House festival, including the Scots Church, The Shrine of Remembrance, The Myer Music Bowl and more.

Wilson Hall: Centre and Symbol of the University

University Hall, Old Quad, 28 to 29 July 2012

Wilson Hall: Centre and Symbol of the University is an exhibition that will highlight the place of Wilson Hall within the history and minds of the University of Melbourne community. Since the 1880s Wilson Hall has been the ceremonial heart of the University, serving as a venue for significant University occasions, including commencements, examinations and graduations. The exhibition traces the Hall's past, starting from its conception and the subsequent construction of the original gothic building in 1878–1882 with funds donated by Sir Samuel Wilson.

Wilson Hall quickly achieved iconic status and inspired artists to portray the building's majestic visage, which dominated the campus grounds until it was destroyed by fire in 1952. The exhibition records this tragedy and the ensuing community response to the Wilson Hall Appeal Fund, demonstrating the emotional attachment people had formed with the building. This led to strong opinions in the debate of whether to restore the gothic ruins or rebuild in modern style. It is here that the story of the 'New Wilson Hall' begins and the exhibition will explore this through the narrative of its plan, construction and opening in 1956.

The exhibition will draw upon the cultural collections of the University of Melbourne to provide a rich display of original architectural drawings, artworks, photographs and artefacts associated with the Hall. A highlight of the exhibition will be the display of the original silver ceremonial trowel used by Sir Samuel Wilson to lay the Hall's memorial stone in 1879, which was recently purchased by the University Library.

A publication based on the exhibition, Architectural ornament: The history and art of Wilson Hall at the University of Melbourne, is now available to purchase for $19.95 from Co-op Bookshop, Baillieu Library Building, University of Melbourne.

Visions: selected landscapes from the Russell and Mab Grimwade 'Miegunyah' Collection

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 14 April to 26 July 2012

This intimately-scaled exhibition displays a selection of paintings, watercolours and prints drawn from the Grimwade collection by artists including William Strutt, John Skinner Prout, Louis Buvelot and Arthur Boyd. A special feature is a suite of fourteen engravings from Absalom West's 1812–14 publication Views in New South Wales. These rare prints show detailed views of the environment around Sydney during European settlement. More

Face to face: portraits of artists

Ground Floor, Baillieu Library, 12 April to 9 June 2012

Exhibitions which explore portraiture are currently featuring across the University at the Ian Potter Museum of Art and the Dax Centre. The Baillieu Library Print Collection also contains a variety of portraits depicting famous faces, mainly European, from the 15th century onwards; a number of these are artists. The prints on view are often after paintings and many are self-portraits. These images convey the face the artist wished to present to the world. They are faces which represent some extraordinary stories.

Adventure & Art: the fine press book from 1450 to 2011

Leigh Scott Gallery, Baillieu Library, 1 March to 27 May 2012

Adventure & Art, curated by poet and fine press printer Alan Loney, is about the printer’s craft, evidenced from the first printed books in the 15th century, and given a hugely influential impetus by William Morris and the Arts & Craft movement at the end of the 19th. This exhibition shows how a number of technologies that are obsolete in commercial terms are still current in creative & craft terms in the 21st century. Exhibited are books from the Baillieu Special Collections from Europe, North America, New Zealand and Australia.

A Symposium discussing fine press books was held from 2-5pm on March 9th 2012 in the Leigh Scott Room in the Baillieu Library. Speakers at the Symposium were Alan Loney, Andrew Schuller, Peter Vangioni, Chris Wallace-Crabbe, Carolyn Fraser and Caren Florance.

La Mama

Ground Floor, Baillieu Library, 14 February to 10 April 2012

La Mama, named after the off-Broadway theatre in New York, was established in Carlton, Melbourne by Betty Burstall in 1967. La Mama was established as a venue for avant-garde theatre, music, poetry readings, improvisations and screenings of new films. Liz Jones has been artistic director and administrator of the theatre since 1977. The display of items from the La Mama Collection, held at the University of Melbourne Archives, showcased the unique place La Mama holds in Australian theatre. The vital energy both on stage and behind the scenes was seen in correspondence, play appraisals, and photographs relating to performances by Cate Blanchett and Stelarc, the scripts of David Williamson, and linocut posters by Tim Burstall.

500 years on: Machiavelli’s ‘The Prince’ and political thought in Renaissance Italy

Ground Floor, Baillieu Library, 7 January to 2 April 2013

Includes works from the Raab collection in the Baillieu Library’s Special Collections by Machiavelli and other Renaissance authors.

Life Under a Shadow: John Harry Grainger, Architect and Civil Engineer

Grainger Museum, 8 March 2012 to 1 April 2013

The Grainger Museum at the University of Melbourne is presenting an exhibition that investigates the many achievements of John Harry Grainger, the gifted architect and engineer whose life was largely overshadowed by that of his son, composer and performer Percy Aldridge Grainger. This exhibition includes a selection of artefacts from the Grainger Museum Collection which show aspects of Grainger's life, as well as photographs, architectural and engineering drawings and artworks. The displays include correspondence and ephemera relating to his relationship with his son Percy. It will give Museum visitors a more detailed understanding of Percy Grainger's early family life and the often forgotten influences of his father. More

Wolfgang Sievers: images of the University of Melbourne 1956–76

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 29 October 2011 to 25 March 2012

Wolfgang Sievers (1913–2007) was one of the finest architectural and industrial photographers working in Australia in the second half of the twentieth century. In 1995, through the Ian Potter Museum of Art, the University of Melbourne purchased from Wolfgang Sievers 141 photographs with accompanying negatives. The fifty-seven black and white exterior and interior views of buildings in this exhibition were taken between 1956 and 1976, a period of great development at the University of Melbourne’s Parkville campus. More

The Art of Teaching: Clinical Schools

Medical History Museum, 13 September 2012 to 3 March 2013

This exhibition examines these historic connections and traces the beginnings of some of Victoria’s major hospitals in the nineteenth-century and their relationships with the University of Melbourne through art works, documents and objects from the hospitals’ archives. Clinical schools have always been an intrinsic part of the teaching of doctors. Photographs, artworks, objects and documents from the archives of St Vincent’s Hospital, The Alfred Hospital, Austin Health, The Royal Children’s Hospital, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, The Royal Women’s Hospital, Southern Health, The Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital, Western Health and the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) reveal the early beginnings, students and major figures in the life of the clinical schools.

Highlights of the University of Melbourne Art Collection

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 1 October 2011 to 12 February 2012

This exhibition showcases the University of Melbourne Art Collection. The Grimwade Gallery displays for the first time Mervyn Napier Waller’s outstanding mural (c.1940), which was originally commissioned for the Royal Insurance Company building located at 414 Collins Street, Melbourne. The mural was recently removed from its long-term location in the University of Melbourne’s Architecture Library, and conserved. The large-scale figurative mural is displayed alongside other works by the artist, in addition to works by Mervyn Napier Waller's wife, Christian Waller, artist-colleague Norman Macgeorge, and Rupert Bunny. Included in this exhibition is the rarely seen study for the Ian Potter Museum of Art’s iconic stained glass Leckie window. More

Building Rural Success: the early years of Dookie Agricultural College

Leigh Scott Gallery, Baillieu Library, 4 November 2011 to 11 February 2012

For 125 years, the curriculum at Dookie Agricultural College has reflected the developments in farming technologies, agricultural production and education in Australia. Today Dookie Agricultural College is known as the Dookie Campus of the Melbourne School of Land and Environment at the University of Melbourne and combines its teaching and research programs with the resources of the working farm. The campus is home to the Dookie Campus Historical Collection, which traces the development of agricultural industry, education, farming methods and land use at Dookie since its early days.

This exhibition commemorated the 125th anniversary of the founding of Dookie, and celebrated the culture and history of Dookie, its personalities and its role as an educational facility and operational farm. It explored the broader historical contexts and social histories of the period, such as the impacts of the first and second world wars and the Soldier Settlement Scheme, the changing role of women, Dookie’s sporting prowess and its identity within the regional community. The experiences of those who lived and studied at Dookie dominate the collection’s subject matter. The items displayed in this exhibition provided an insight into what everyday life was like for the students, staff and families who called Dookie Agricultural College home.

Appeals to a Child’s Imagination: The Morgan Collection of Children’s Books, Special Collections

Ground Floor, Baillieu Library, 30 November 2011 to 11 February 2012

This display from Special Collections highlighted the Morgan Collection of Children’s Books. This collection is based upon a generous donation to the Library in 1954 by the British antiquarian Frederick Charles (F.C.) Morgan (1878–1978). As a result of his generosity, the University acquired one of Australia’s foremost collections of children’s book and a significant collection in world terms.

One of the many highlights of the Morgan collection is its wealth of lavishly-illustrated books. The display celebrated the colour illustrations by the prominent nineteenth-century children’s book illustrators Walter Crane, Randolph Caldecott and Kate Greenaway. Additionally, the collection contains not only books, but also various toys and games enjoyed by children of the Victorian era. As was shown by the display, the collection includes a mid-nineteenth-century cube block puzzle, a portable folding globe c.1866, paper doll story books and a child’s magic set. Through its rich array of items, the Morgan Collection offers staff, students and the wider community the opportunity to engage with the social milieu of a past age through treasured childhood stories and playthings, some of which are still familiar today.

The Art of Teaching: Models and Methods

Leigh Scott Gallery, Baillieu Library, 13 September 2012 to 1 February 2013

Encompassing models, moulages, notebooks, photographs and illustrations—items from the extensive collections of the Harry Brookes Allen Museum of Anatomy and Pathology, the Henry Forman Atkinson Dental Museum, the Medical History Museum, and other University collections—this exhibition will highlight the fascinating objects and materials used in the teaching of medicine and dentistry at the University of Melbourne.

Blood

Medical History Museum, 20 June 2011 to 31 January 2012

The Medical History Museum’s exhibition, Blood, showcased items from the Museum’s collection alongside artworks, rare books and teaching models from seven other University of Melbourne collections and some private lenders. The exhibition illustrated strengths of the Medical History Museum’s collection, particularly items relating to the history of blood transfusion and the recording of blood pressure. A number of these items were from the collection of the Australian Medical Association, recently donated to the museum. Sir Macfarlane Burnet’s microscope and that acquired by the University for Professor G.B. Halford upon the establishment of the Medical School in 1862 were also significant inclusions. More

2011

Highlights of the University of Melbourne Art Collection

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 20 August to 27 November 2011

This exhibition showcases the University of Melbourne Art Collection and presents a selection of work related to artists’ use of motifs and iconography from the past. The exhibition includes southern Italian vases and pots from the Classics and Archaeology Collection, nineteenth-century life drawings by William Strutt, a mid-twentieth century work by Sidney Nolan, and a broad selection of contemporary art by Australian artists. More

Modern Medieval Manuscripts: The Baillieu Library's Facsimile Collection

Ground Floor, Baillieu Library, 26 September to 27 November 2011

The Baillieu Library’s Special Collections includes over 250 manuscript facsimiles – modern editions that painstakingly reproduce every detail of the originals using high-quality photographic and print technology. From early Christian Ireland to the courtly splendour of the high Middle Ages, Modern Medieval Manuscripts illuminates our ongoing love for the written word, and the technology that helps us preserve this heritage.

Write of Fancy: The Golden Cockerel Press

Leigh Scott Gallery, Baillieu Library, 8 August to 27 October 2011

The exhibition ran between 8 August and 27 October in the Leigh Scott Gallery (Level 1, Baillieu Library), as part of the Month of Print. It showcased the Library’s exceptional collection of Golden Cockerel books from this English fine press. The Golden Cockerel Press, which operated between 1920 and 1960, was one of the longest running private presses, surviving major historical events such as the Depression and World War 2. One of the reasons for its longevity was the vision of its three owners, each of whom had a distinctive influence, which is evidenced through the eclectic range of 211 books produced. With an example of at least one binding of all of the books produced by the Press, the collection of Golden Cockerel Press books at the Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne is probably the only complete set to be found in Australia.

Casts and copies: Ancient and classical reproductions

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 16 April to 16 October 2011

Most of the objects in this exhibition were acquired by the Classics and Middle Eastern Studies departments of the University of Melbourne in the 1920s, 1930s and 1950s to enhance teaching and research. Many of the certified casts were obtained from the prestigious international institutions which housed the originals, including the Louvre, the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Archaeological Museum in Athens. Remarkable in their own right, key works include the Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III, the Mesha Stele and the Acropolis kore. The exhibition included significant plaster casts of Near Eastern, Egyptian, Greek and Roman originals that date from the 4th millennium BCE to the 2nd century CE. More

See: Katrina Raymond, 'Reproducing the ancient world', Voice, vol. 7, no. 4, 10 April-8 May 2011, p. 7.

Experimental gentlemen

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 19 March to 25 September 2011

Imagine the shock of first setting eyes upon a new world. From the voyages of Cook to the arrival of modernism, Experimental Gentlemen chronicled a changing vision and understanding of Australia. Bold and irreverent, it was an attempt to reinstate the sense of awe and wonderment that inspired early explorers to risk their lives in the pursuit of new sights and experiences. The exhibition investigated changing attitudes to the Australian landscape and its inhabitants, revealing how the narratives of nationhood are shaped by our desires, perspectives and beliefs. Featuring works by Australia's leading colonial artists, including William Strutt, John Glover, Eugene von Guerard and Augustus Earle, along with rarely seen archival material and illustrated books, all drawn from the university's Sir Russell and Mab Grimwade Collection, Experimental Gentlemen took us on a voyage of discovery, to see the imagined landscape of our nation anew. More

See: Katrina Raymond, 'Experimental gentlemen', Voice, vol. 7, no. 3, 14 March-10 April 2011, p. 7.

Trademarks: International indigenous culture from the Leonhard Adam Collection

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 9 March to 24 July 2011

The Leonhard Adam Collection was formed by Dr Leonhard Adam, a distinguished scholar and lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Melbourne from 1942 to 1957. Culturally significant and visually spectacular objects from the indigenous cultures of North and South America, Africa, Asia, Papua New Guinea and Australia were collected in the 1940s and 1950s by Dr Leonhard Adam, a distinguished scholar at the university and one of the first in Australia to promote the artistic value of indigenous material culture. This exhibition focused on the international content of the collection. Key works included an elaborate ceremonial flute figural carving from the Biwat people in the Middle Sepik region of Papua New Guinea; a Hamatsa raven mask from the Kwakwaka'wakw nations of the north-west coast of British Columbia, Canada; baskets woven by Native American Indians from tribes in present-day California; and Anindilyakwa bark paintings from Groote Eylandt in the Gulf of Carpentaria. More

See: Katrina Raymond, 'Trademarks: international indigenous culture', Voice, vol. 7, no. 4, 10 April-8 May 2011, p. 7.

The Graphic Wit of Roland Topor: Posters from the Gerard Herbst Poster Collection

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 23 February to 15 May 2011

The Gerard Herbst Poster Collection includes more than 2000 individual posters donated to the university in 1996 by Gerard Herbst (born Paris 1938 - died Paris 1997).  It is a significant record of poster design, representing many international schools, designers and periods collected across a span of 40 years of practice in Europe, with a smaller number from the USA, Japan, Asia and Australia. Twenty-two posters by influential Parisian artist, filmmaker and novelist Roland Topor are presented in this exhibition. From 1990 to 1996 Topor was commissioned by Münchner Kammerspiele (Munich Studio Theatre) manager Dieter Dorn to create posters to promote theatre productions. Each poster usually lists season dates, the title of the play and its author, the director, set and costume designer and sometimes the starring actors. Roland Topor, an influential figure in French art, design, film, theatre, television and literature depicts absurdities and impossibilities in his art. Influenced by Surrealism as a young teenager, Topor believed drawing should be communicated directly from the unconscious. More

Ancient Coins: Heads and Tales from Antique Lands

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 26 October 2010 to 10 April 2011

The University of Melbourne has one of the largest collections of ancient Greek and Roman coins in Australia. In antiquity, coins were an ideal way of disseminating information about an event or political message and were increasingly used for propaganda purposes. This display featured selected coins from the empires of the Greco-Roman world which reveal fascinating insights into the history and society of the time. More

Also see: Katrina Raymond, 'Heads and tales from antique lands', Voice, vol. 6, no. 11, 8 November-12 December 2010, p.7.

Highlights of the University of Melbourne Art Collection

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 25 September 2010 to 13 March 2011

This exhibition is comprised of a selection of works in the University of Melbourne Art Collection by artists who have each made strong contributions to the development of Australian art. More

The Collection of Dr Samuel Arthur Ewing

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 13 November 2010 to 27 February 2011

Presented to the University of Melbourne Union in 1938, the Ewing Collection comprises fifty-six paintings, prints and drawings by major nineteenth- and early twentieth-century artists. By donating the collection to the University, it was Ewing's intention that these works instruct Australians in a love of their country.

The themes of nationhood and identity remain central to Australian visual culture today and this exhibition provided an opportunity to consider the changing values in the interpretation of Australian art. The collection includes work by Arthur Streeton, Max Meldrum, Nicholas Chevalier, Rupert Bunny, Hans Heysen, JJ Hilder and Harold Herbert. More

Also see: 'Ewing Collection on show at the Potter', MUSSE Newsletter, issue 50, December 2010.

Primary Sources, University of Melbourne Archives

Baillieu Library, 8 December 2010 to 25 February 2011

Displayed over the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Floors of the Circular stairs in the Baillieu Library this exhibition featured items, panels and stories showcasing some of the collections held at UMA. A major component of the display was a frieze made from a selection of business letterheads. The frieze recalls schema for wall decoration in Victorian and Edwardian times and features plumbing, printing, undergarments, machinery, factories and a union, grocers, a fishmonger and biscuit makers, purveyors of household goods, musical instruments and bicycles from Melbourne and regional Victoria.

2010

The Physick Gardener: Aspects of the apothecary's world from the collections of the University of Melbourne

Medical History Museum, 28 April to 30 November 2010

The first medical students at the University of Melbourne in the 1860s were taught botany and were required to learn about plants and their medicinal applications. In The Physick Gardener we witnessed the intersection of botany and medicine through the practice and tools of the apothecary.

The core of the exhibition was the ceramic drug jars, the glass specie jars which were to become the symbol of the pharmacist in the 19th century and the copper alloy mortars and pestles, all from the collection of the Medical History Museum. Also included were items from five other cultural collections of the University, including 16th-century herbals and pharmacopoeias from Special Collections in the Baillieu Library, works of art from the Ian Potter Museum of Art and botanical models and specimens of medicinal plants from the University of Melbourne Herbarium. It is a remarkable tribute to the University's cultural acumen that the exhibition was curated entirely from six of its own collections on the historic Parkville campus.

The Physick Gardener also celebrated the recent donation of the Graham Roseby collection of pharmaceutical antiques, including many of the drug jars and mortars and re-contextualises the Museum's Savory and Moore Pharmacy, a re-constructed 1840s pharmacy from Belgravia, London, which is a hallmark of the Medical History Museum's collection. Conservation of a number of the drug jars was made possible by the Russell and Mab Grimwade Miegunyah Fund, while the publication accompanying the exhibition was produced with support from the University's Cultural and Community Relations Advisory Group.

Catalogue available

Cavities, keys and camels: Early dentistry in Victoria

Leigh Scott Gallery, Baillieu Library, 9 September to 28 November 2010

In the early days of Victoria, dentistry was carried out by a range of people including jewellers blacksmiths, chemists and doctors. Extractions were the main treatment for dental pain and anaesthetics were not yet in common usage. By the mid-1880s, however, following the formation of the Odontological Society of Victoria (1884), movement was afoot for the establishment of a dental act, a hospital for the treatment of the poor and a college for the formal training of dentists.

Cavities, keys and camels: Early dentistry in Victoria explored the social history, technical developments and professional foundation of dentistry in Victoria. The exhibition drew upon the extensive collection of the Henry Forman Atkinson Dental Museum at the University of Melbourne and other cultural collections of the University of Melbourne including the Ian Potter Museum of Art, Special Collections in the Baillieu Library, the Medical History Museum, the University of Melbourne Herbarium and the University of Melbourne Archives to present the story of dentistry in Victoria from the early days of European settlement and establishment, to the beginning of the 20th century and the emergence of an organised, qualified dental profession.

Catalogue available

See: New exhibition explores early dentistry in Victoria, MUSSE Newsletter, issue 48, 3 November 2010.
Shane Cahill, 'A visit to the dentist', Voice, vol. 6, no. 11, 8 November-12 December 2010, p.7.

Devotion and Ritual

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 17 April to 17 October 2010

The terms 'devotion' and 'ritual' evoke practices that are followed piously, in a prescribed order, often involving the performance of rites or ceremonies that are regularly and routinely observed. In the ancient and tribal worlds, devotional and ritualistic acts are remarkably varied and complex. Within different regions, societies developed specific mythologies and belief systems unique to that locality. Different groups produced devotional objects - some for ritual use - that are the hallmarks of their cultures and civilisations. The objects in this exhibition spoke not of one codified or universal belief system, but of many different customs and traditions. Selected artefacts from the Mediterranean, African, Meso-American and Oceanic regions represented unique examples of relics associated with ceremonial practices, belief systems and sacred customs of the ancient and tribal worlds. More

Early Dental X-ray Equipment: A display from the Henry Forman Atkinson Dental Museum

5th floor, Melbourne School of Dentistry, September 2010

The discovery of the x-ray by Willem Conrad Roentgen, Professor of Physics at the Royal University of Wurzburg, Germany, in 1895 proved to be of enormous benefit to dentistry in the diagnosis and treatment of dental disease. This small exhibition showcases the type of equipment used in dental radiography in Melbourne from the early 1900s through to the 1950s. Items on display include a Coolidge type dental x-ray tube, a Philips Oralix compact x-ray machine head, a portable darkroom and an early Lubel-Flaresheim Co. timer. Keen to explore the application of radiography to dentistry, students at the Australian College of Dentistry in Spring Street raised their own funds to purchase an x-ray machine and dedicated the installation of the apparatus to the ‘memory of those students who fell in the Great War 1914–1919’. The plaque acknowledging their acquisition in 1923 is also on display.

The University of Melbourne Art Collection

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 23 January to 19 September 2010

This exhibition continues the Potter’s recent exploratory approaches to the long-term display of the University of Melbourne Art Collection. Rather than a selection based on theme, collection or historical period, this exhibition will include key artworks considered by curators as the most impressive and valuable. The exhibition includes works by George Bell, Peter Booth, Rupert Bunny, William Dobell, Brent Harris, E Phillips Fox, Hugh Ramsay, Gareth Sansom, Constance Stokes, Arthur Streeton and Fred Williams, among others. More

Banned Books in Australia

Baillieu Library, 7 June to late August 2010

Melbourne has a long history of banning books (both Australian and imported; past and modern) that reflects the transience of social norms and community values. The exhibition highlighted the complexity of the state’s role in policing the boundaries of acceptable and unacceptable publications and how Australian publishers have deliberately challenged the authorities. The exhibition incorporated books from the University of Melbourne collections and private collections as well as artists' representations of this theme. This exhibition coincided with the Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand’s Annual Conference for 2010 titled To Deprave and Corrupt: Forbidden, Hidden and Censored Texts held at the State Library of Victoria.

New Acquisitions from the University of Melbourne Art Collection 2007–10

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 20 March to 1 August 2010

Recent additions to the University of Melbourne Art Collection. Included works by Benjamin Armstrong, Leonard Brown, Destiny Deacon, Vivienne Shark LeWitt and Peter Tyndall, plus a suite of early drawings by Jon Cattapan and a major group of 1980s drawings by John Nixon. More

Wilson Hall: Centre and Symbol of the University

Leigh Scott Gallery, Baillieu Library, 15 March to 23 May 2010

Wilson Hall: Centre and Symbol of the University was an exhibition that highlighted the place of Wilson Hall within the history and minds of the University of Melbourne community. Since the 1880s Wilson Hall has been the ceremonial heart of the University, serving as a venue for significant University occasions, including commencements, examinations and graduations. The exhibition traced the Hall’s past, starting from its conception and the subsequent construction of the original gothic building in 1878–1882 with funds donated by Sir Samuel Wilson.

Wilson Hall quickly achieved iconic status and inspired artists to portray the building’s majestic visage, which dominated the campus grounds until it was destroyed by fire in 1952. The exhibition recorded this tragedy and the ensuing community response to the Wilson Hall Appeal Fund, demonstrating the emotional attachment people had formed with the building. This led to strong opinions in the debate of whether to restore the gothic ruins or rebuild in modern style. It is here that the story of the ‘New Wilson Hall’ begins and the exhibition explored this through the narrative of its plan, construction and opening in 1956. The exhibition drew upon the cultural collections of the University of Melbourne to provide a rich display of original architectural drawings, artworks, photographs and artefacts associated with the Hall.

Text and Textiles

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 18 October 2009 to 18 April 2010

Egyptian hieroglyphs, Mesopotamian clay tablets, ancient Greek papyrus, fragments of woven linen Pharaonic tunics and woollen Coptic shawls feature in this exhibition that explores how texts and textiles were produced and used in antiquity. Highlights include papyrus fragments from a book by Thucydides found at Oxyrhyncus, faience shawabti figurines inscribed with lines of hieroglyphs known as Spell Six of the Book of the Dead and part of a Coptic tunic (or possible wall hanging) made from linen and wool with elaborate embroidered patterns. This exhibition offers a view into the lives of elite as well as average citizens from the great river valleys of the Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilisations through the texts and textiles that they read and wore. More

The Wonder of Don Quixote

Leigh Scott Gallery, Baillieu Library, 8 December 2009 to 5 March 2010

Many of us are familiar with Don Quixote as an opera or a ballet production. The characters and narrative are so appealing that they continue to evoke a response today, some four centuries after the story first appeared, in a novel by Miguel Cervantes (1547–1616). El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha (The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote of La Mancha) was published in 1605 and before Cervantes published the second book which completed the novel in 1615, a spurious version had already appeared. Don Quixote is one of the world’s most widely translated, sold and illustrated books, and the narrative is frequently adapted and performed, signifying its universal fascination. Drawing upon the diverse collections within the University of Melbourne, this exhibition displayed just some of the many interpretations and versions of this wondrous narrative and its characters. It explored such themes as Don Quixote’s Spain, Don Quixote in print, the inspiration of Don Quixote and Don Quixote for children.

Journeys and Places: Landscape Etchings by Jan van de Velde II

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 5 September 2009 to 17 January 2010

This intimate one-room exhibition demonstrates the importance of the artist Jan van de Velde II (1593–1641) in the context of the Dutch Baroque landscape tradition. Jan van de Velde II is considered one of the most noteworthy Dutch etchers of the first part of the seventeenth century. The exhibition includes over fifty prints that are held in the John Orde Poynton Collection at the Baillieu Library, the most comprehensive collection of van de Velde’s series of landscapes in any Australian public collection. Journeys and Places provides a rare opportunity for contemporary audiences to consider the technical innovations of this body of work as well as the symbolic meaning of the landscape in Dutch art of the period. More

Highlights from the University of Melbourne Art Collection, part 2

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 5 September 2009 to 17 January 2010

Since the University’s inception in 1853, thousands of rare and invaluable pieces have been collected. Shaped over more than 150 years by the many individuals who have donated, acquired and commissioned artworks, the collection comprises fascinating items of diverse cultural significance. This exhibition includes key paintings, works on paper, sculpture and decorative arts from the University of Melbourne Art Collection. More

2009

Reframing Darwin: Evolution and Art in Australia

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 12 August to 1 November 2009

Darwin: Evolution and Art in Australia was a major exhibition celebrating the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his landmark text Origin of Species. Bringing together artworks from public and private collections around Australia, the exhibition highlighted Charles Darwin's visit to Australia and explored the diverse ways in which Darwinian idea of evolution, natural selection and scientific thinking have influenced various artistic practices. More

Selected artefacts from the David and Marion Adams Collection

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 15 April to 11 October 2009

Dr Marion Adams (1932–1995) was dean of the Faculty of Arts from 1988 to 1993. Throughout her life she acquired an impressive collection of artefacts from the ancient Near and Far East, Egypt, Greece and Rome, Africa and the Americas. Marion Adams’s husband, David Adams, has continued to add to this collection in her memory, and has generously donated selected items from the collection to the University of Melbourne. This fascinating exhibition featured Classical works from the Adams Collection including a marble torso of the Roman god Sylvanus, an Italo-Corinthian buff ware chalice from the 8th–9th century BCE, and a 3rd-century marble sarcophagus bas-relief fragment. More

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Highlights from the University of Melbourne Art Collection, part 1

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 23 April to 30 August 2009

Since the university’s inception in 1853, thousands of rare and invaluable pieces have been collected. Shaped over more than 150 years by the many individuals who have donated, acquired and commissioned artworks, the collection comprises fascinating items of diverse cultural significance. This exhibition included key paintings, works on paper, sculpture and decorative arts from the University of Melbourne Art Collection. More

Ancestral power and the aesthetic: Arnhem Land paintings and objects from the Donald Thomson Collection

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 2 June to 23 August 2009

This exhibition presented bark paintings and other painted objects collected in eastern Arnhem Land by anthropologist, the late Professor Donald Thomson (1901–1970). The exhibition features around a third of an extraordinary collection of some seventy bark paintings in the Donald Thomson Collection. This powerful visual suite embodies the essence of many of the major ancestors who created the landscape and gave life and meaning to the people of Arnhem Land, such as the Wagilag Sisters and the Djankawu Sisters. More

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Everybody loves a road trip!

Leigh Scott Gallery, Baillieu Library, 27 May to 7 August 2009

This exhibition showcased the collection of Shell Company of Australia, which the company donated to the University of Melbourne Archives (UMA) in 2008, in addition to other UMA collections and items on loan from the RACV Heritage Collection. From early in the 20th century the Shell Company of Australia placed a great deal of emphasis on community relations and how the general public perceived its products and the company itself. In Australia there has been a long tradition of exploration of our environment and journeys over vast distances. After World War II this tradition was further reinforced by the growing popularity of motor vehicle ownership and the family road trip. The displays included project albums (to house collections of promotional cards) and other merchandise, posters, advertisements, photographs, documents, calendars, touring maps (including a Braille map of Australia) and tips for drivers. The exhibition was curated by Melinda Barrie, Senior Archivist, Rio Tinto and Business, University of Melbourne Archives.

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A Storehouse of Wisdom: Celebrating 50 years of the Baillieu Library

Baillieu Library, 20 March to 17 May 2009

The exhibition was a celebration of the Baillieu Library's history, its collections and treasures as well as its impact on and inspiration for its community of students and staff, past and present. The exhibition brought together photographs (past and present), realia, newspaper articles, prints, paintings, books and film drawn from various University of Melbourne collections such as Archives, East Asian, Rare Books, Special Collections and works from private collections. Highlights of the exhibition were the screening of the original footage from the official opening of the Baillieu Library in March 1959 and the recreation of the foyer display cabinet as it was originally intended. The exhibition marked the beginning of a series of events throughout 2009 designed to celebrate the Baillieu Library’s 50th anniversary. Curators: Jacquie Barnett, Morfia Grondas, Andrea Hurt, Stephanie Jaehrling, Pam Pryde, Kerrianne Stone. More

Intelligentsia: Louis Kahan's Portraits of Writers

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 22 January to 19 April 2009

This exhibition brings together Louis Kahan’s remarkable portraits of writers for the provocative literary and cultural journal Meanjin from 1955 to 1974. With Kahan’s inspired contributions, Meanjin became, in Geoffrey Blainey’s words ‘an illuminating mirror of Australian cultural life’. Louis Kahan AO (1905–2002) had a magical ability to depict the facial idiosyncrasies of his subjects and the physiognomic traits of the thinking, working mind. Drawn from the University of Melbourne’s collections, the exhibition includes over fifty drawings of writers, poets and intellectuals including Patrick White, Christina Stead, Miles Franklin and Geoffrey Blainey. More

Greek Vases

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 20 September 2008 to 5 April 2009

Some of the most important pottery producing centres of the Greek world are represented in this exhibition drawn from the University of Melbourne Classics and Archaeology Collection: Athens, Corinth, east Greece and south Italy. This important collection covers the period from the thirteenth to the fourth centuries BCE and is one of the most highly regarded collections of classical antiquities in Australia.

Microsurgical Innovation: Ophthalmic Instrumentation

Medical History Museum, 28 July 2008 to April 2009

This exhibition is a celebration of the life and work of the late Professor Emeritus Gerard William Crock, AO MB BS FRCS FRACS FRACP FRACO (1929-2007), a graduate of the Melbourne Medical School who became the head of the first ophthalmic academic department in Australia, and the Foundation Professor of Ophthalmology in May 1963. He was a brilliant and innovative surgeon and clinician, whose research in microsurgical instrumentation revolutionised ocular surgery. He introduced techniques and procedures that are now seen as the standard of care and he was a world leader and specialist in retina, cornea and glaucoma and the first to perform cataract microsurgery. The exhibition is based on the collection of over 1,000 photographs, documents, design drawings and instruments that Professor Crock donated to the Medical History Museum. The John Reid Charitable Trusts provided a generous grant for the collection to be sorted, identified, catalogued and preserved, and for this exhibition to be displayed.

Keeping scores: 100 years of the Music Library

Leigh Scott Gallery, Baillieu Library, 1 December 2008 to 1 March 2009

The history of what is now the Louise Hanson-Dyer Music Library at the University of Melbourne is also the history of orchestral music performance in early 20th-century Victoria. The music library has existed almost as long as the Music Faculty, with orchestral music being purchased since at least 1903. A crucial development came in 1908 with the generous donation of 1,000 pounds to the Professor from Mr A.E.J. Lee "to use as he saw fit for orchestral work”. Conductors G.W.L. Marshall-Hall, Sir Bernard Heinze and John Hopkins have all had a significant influence on the music acquired by the library and heard by the concert-going public.

The library collections have since grown and diversified to include music manuscripts, chamber music scores, collected editions and Monumenta, books, periodicals, instruments, furniture, sound recordings, photographs, original art works and concert programs.

Among items to be displayed will be original works ranging from a 13th-century illuminated manuscript to the latest arrangement of the ABC news theme by Richard Mills, musical instruments purchased by Nellie Melba for use by Conservatorium students, a historic ledger detailing the activities of orchestras including the Newcastle Symphony Orchestra and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and a 1956 Olympic Games concert program which included works by Australian composers Dorian le Gallienne and Margaret Sutherland.

Unusual, unique and interesting objects will showcase the diversity of holdings and demonstrate the important place of the Music Library in providing social and cultural opportunities to Melburnians for more than a century.

The exhibition is curated by Evelyn Portek and Kerrianne Stone with the assistance of Richard Excell.

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Highlights from the Sir Russell and Lady Grimwade Bequest

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 4 September 2008 to 18 January 2009

The Sir Russell and Lady Grimwade Bequest is an extensive collection of cultural material comprising artworks, photographs, decorative arts, furniture, rare books, historical documents and other memorabilia that provides a perspective on the visual history of Australia from the time of European discovery to the 1950s. The dominant themes of the collection reflect Sir Russell Grimwade’s desire to document the exploration, settlement and development of Australia as a nation and the growth of Melbourne as a city. More

2008

Sowing a seed: Art inspired by the Herbarium

Leigh Scott Gallery, Baillieu Library, 15 September to 23 November 2008

Artists in many media - painters, botanical illustrators, textile designers, printmakers, scrapbook compilers, even handbag makers - have found inspiration in the scientific plant specimens found in the collection of the University of Melbourne Herbarium. Although originally collected for teaching and research purposes, and still regularly used by students and staff, these taxonomic treasures have also been the source of ideas for many creative artists.

Sowing a seed included recent photographic work by Andrew Seward, Kyatt Dixon and Trisha Downing; fabric designs by Nicola Cerini; the work of gumleaf painters from today and the 1880s; earlier 19th-century scrapbooks comprising artistically arranged collections of flowers, algae and ferns; botanical illustrations by Thelma Daniell, Dorothy Derwent Dixon and Harry Swart; and May Gibbs' charming illustrations for her early 20th-century children's books. Together with these were displayed dried or pressed specimens of the fungi, flowers, algae, ferns and other plants that have inspired their work and which are beautiful objects in their own right. Also featured were some of the remarkable magnified plant models made in the early 20th century for teaching plant biology. These intricately crafted and hand-painted models were mostly made in Germany and were used in universities and museums across the globe until microscopy became more easily accessible to the average student.

Sowing a seed was curated by Nicole Middleton, Collections Manager of the University of Melbourne Herbarium. It drew on the collections of the Herbarium, Special Collections of the Baillieu Library, the Grainger Museum and a number of artists and private collectors.

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Sport and performance in twentieth-century posters and prints

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 1 August to 19 October 2008

Drawn from the University of Melbourne Art Collection, this small-scale focus exhibition included works of art that portray theatrical or artistic representations of human movement and sport. Comprising posters and the graphic arts, a special feature of the exhibition was a set of seven works by French artist Marie Laurencin, who was an important figure of the Parisian avant-garde during the early years of the twentieth century. More

Write of fancy: The Golden Cockerel Press

Ground floor, Baillieu Library, 17 August to 26 September 2008

The exhibition Write of fancy, curated by Kerrianne Stone, explored the hearts and minds of the inventors, writers and artists of this British press which operated between 1920 and 1960. It showcased examples from the Baillieu Library’s exceptional collection of Golden Cockerel books, comprising the gifts of various individual donors and the Friends of the Baillieu Library. Examples included Eric Gill and Robert Gibbings’ collaboration on The four Gospels (1931), John Buckland Wright’s illustration of Endymion (1947), and maritime history books. Golden Cockerel books achieved a visual harmony between content, typography and illustration. The exhibition was a chance to discover how this private press from its inception was a flight of fancy, and how through its words and images it became a ‘write of fancy’.

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Australian Archaeologists at Pella

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 10 April to 14 September 2008

This exhibition looked at the ancient city of Pella in the North Jordan Valley and told the story of technology, trade and daily life over many centuries. It also described the significant discoveries Australian archaeologists have made in Jordan for over fifty years. Excavations have revealed Pella as one of the most important ancient cities in Jordan, with a pattern of continuous human settlement stretching back to Neolithic times (c. 6500 BCE). Objects in the exhibition were drawn from the National Gallery of Australia’s collection, currently on long-term loan to the University of Sydney’s Nicholson Museum, augmented by artefacts held in the University of Melbourne's Classics and Archaeology Collection. More

Murderous Melbourne: A Celebration of Australian Crime Fiction and Place

Leigh Scott Gallery, Baillieu Library, 10 June to 7 September 2008

Australia has nurtured many fine crime fiction writers over the years, starting with Mary Fortune and Fergus Hume in the late 1800s. However, the post-World War 2 years represent crime fiction’s ‘golden age’ in this country. The ranks of Australian crime fiction writers from this period include Carter Brown, S.H. Courtier, Geoff de Fraga, Charlotte Jay (inaugural winner of the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for Best Novel in 1954), Helen Mace, A.E. Martin, Margot Neville, Eric North, James Preston, Elizabeth Salter, Arthur Upfield and June Wright — to name but a few. More recently, Marshall Browne, Peter Corris, Kerry Greenwood, Barry Maitland, Shane Maloney and Peter Temple (winner of the UK Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger Award in 2007) have been widely acclaimed for their crime fiction writing.

The exhibition Murderous Melbourne featured items from the University of Melbourne’s extensive collection of Australian crime fiction. It also showcased work by third-year students of architecture and Master’s students of landscape architecture from the University of Melbourne, who have used Australian crime fiction as a tool for stretching the boundaries of creativity and design. The architecture students have designed a Centre for Australian Crime Fiction, to be located on the car park adjacent to the north court of the Union building. A major influence on their designs was June Wright’s 1961 crime novel Faculty of Murder, set in the University of Melbourne. The landscape architecture students have designed stage props for S.H. Courtier’s crime novels See Who’s Dying (1967) and Murder’s Burning (1967), both set in the Australian outback.

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Ludwig Hirschfeld Mack

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 15 May to 31 August 2008

Ludwig Hirschfeld Mack is a key figure within Victoria’s cultural history. A master of the legendary German Bauhaus design school, Hirschfeld Mack emigrated to Australia in 1941 and taught at Geelong Grammar School. He experimented with colour theory, materials and techniques to create paintings, prints and drawings that harnessed the dynamic and rhythmic qualities of colours and shapes. This exhibition investigates the experimental aspects of Mack’s practice through a display of over sixty artworks and visual tools such as colour charts.

One World One Dream: Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Souvenirs and Chinese Books

Third floor, Baillieu Library, August 2008

To celebrate the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, the East Asian Collection has created a display of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games souvenirs and books. The exhibit comprises a variety of interesting items such as children's comic books, rhymes, coins, countdown badges, cups, fans, Fuwa (mascots), postcards, posters, stamps and T-shirts. Chinese books on display cover a variety of subjects including stadium design and architecture, manners, pollution, marketing, history and Beijing Olympic Games research materials.

Cambridge Collected: The Pierre Gorman Story

A Baillieu Library Special Collections exhibition

Leigh Scott Gallery, Baillieu Library, 20 March to 30 May 2008

Comprising close to 3000 items dating from 1568 to the present, the collection of books and prints at the University of Melbourne relating to Cambridge – the University and the town – may well be the most extensive outside Cambridge itself. The University of Melbourne since its establishment in 1853 has had strong links with Cambridge University and collected books on all aspects of Cambridge. The acquisition of Pierre Gorman’s collection in 1994 was therefore a valuable addition to the University’s material and the additions since that time, mostly donated by Pierre Gorman, has made the University of Melbourne collection of Cambridge books and prints truly world class. Amongst the particular strengths of the Cambridge Collection are the guide books and the histories of the university and colleges, many of them illustrated by the foremost artists of their day. There are important black and white or colour illustrations in various sizes by notable artists including Loggan, the Harradens, the Storers, Mason, Dyer, among many others. The University of Melbourne Library is the only Australian library to possess the rare Loggan 1st edition (1690) and the even rarer 2nd edition (1715). A highlight of the collection is a splendidly illuminated 1662 heraldic manuscript depicting the arms of the Earls of Cambridge, the Chancellors of Cambridge University and the colleges of Cambridge University.

Dr Pierre Patrick Gorman (1924–2006)

Pierre Gorman was born in Melbourne as the only child of Sir Eugene and Marthe Gorman. After graduating from Melbourne Grammar and then from the University of Melbourne with a BAgSci in 1949 and a BEd in 1951, Pierre went on to study at Cambridge University, from where in 1960 he became the first deaf person to take out a PhD. Pierre was totally deaf from birth but, through the dedication of his parents and teachers as well as his own willpower and intelligence, he learnt to master the spoken language and became an expert lip reader. Pierre had a long and distinguished career in England and Australia as educator of the deaf and a tireless advocate against discrimination towards people with disabilities. After retirement from the Faculty of Education at Monash in 1983 he offered his large collections of books and prints relating to Cambridge to the University of Melbourne where they were acquired in 1994 and 1995 respectively. Perhaps because he did not have a sense of hearing, Pierre came to be particularly interested in the visual arts. He collected in great depth all aspects of the history of the University and town of Cambridge, but especially prints and books relating to his beloved Corpus Christi College. The books and prints in the Gorman Cambridge Collection at the University of Melbourne were collected over a lifetime and to the end of his life Pierre continued to collect Cambridge books and donate them to the University. He documented the Gorman Cambridge collection in an exhaustive bibliography which also includes books on Cambridge found in other parts of the University of Melbourne collections. This bibliography was published in 2008 and can be downloaded. For his services to the University of Melbourne Pierre was awarded an LLD honoris causa in 2000.

Madhubani Paintings

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 24 January to 11 May 2008

The University of Melbourne holds a collection of thirty vibrant and unusual Madhubani paintings on paper from North India. Originally acquired in 1982 as an aid in teaching Hindu mythology by the then-Department of Indian Studies, the collection reflects the strong connections between the University’s cultural collections and its teaching programs. More

Cypriot Antiquities

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 5 September 2007 to 30 March 2008

The University of Melbourne’s Art Collection includes Cypriot antiquities that are representative of the human history of Cyprus, a strategically important island in the Mediterranean Sea. The Cypriot antiquities include a wide range of Bronze and Iron Age artefacts that were brought to Australia by the late JR Stewart from the 1930s until the early 1960s. Cyprus played an important regional role and developed a unique and distinctive culture. Situated at the eastern end of the Mediterranean, the island was a meeting place for the major civilisations of the ancient world: Mesopotamia, Assyria and Persia to the east, Anatolia to the north, Egypt to the south, and Greece and Rome to the west. More

The Engraver's Hand in the Medical Text

Medical History Museum, 11 March to 28 March 2008

The Engraver’s Hand in the Medical Text explored illustrations appearing in medical texts that are significance in the history of medicine and for the quality of their illustrations, which were works of art in their own right. The books feature intricate engravings of anatomical drawings and exquisite hand-painted prints of medicinal plants frequently used as herbal remedies and were often executed by leading artists and engravers of the time. Many of the illustrated books on anatomy were published not only for the instruction of medical professionals but also for artists, who were equally interested in the structure of the human body. Texts in the exhibition include De Arte Gymnastica by Hieronymi Mercurialis, 1577, showing the ideal sports and exercises for the human body and Morbid Anatomy of some of the most important parts of the human body by Matthew Baillie, 1799, a unique and personal copy which belonged to the artist, with his original drawings inserted. It also includes three hand-painted volumes of Medical Botany by William Woodville, 1797.

Joe Burke's Legacy: The History of Art History in Melbourne

Leigh Scott Gallery, Baillieu Library, 15 January to 7 March 2008

Coinciding with the 32nd Congress of the International Committee on Art History, Crossing cultures: Conflict, migration, convergence, held at the University in January, an exhibition on art history teaching and research at the University of Melbourne was staged in the Baillieu Library. Curated by PhD student Ben Thomas, the exhibition drew upon the papers of such seminal figures as Joseph Burke (the first Herald Professor of Fine Arts), Ursula Hoff, Margaret Manion, Franz Philipp, Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack and Leonhard Adam, all held at the University of Melbourne Archives, as well as works from the University Art Collection, including the Leonhard Adam Collection of international Indigenous Culture.

Curator Ben Thomas presented a seminar for the History of the University Unit on 4 March in the Leigh Scott Room, Baillieu Library. Sir Andrew Grimwade's speech opening the exhibition

Silvia Dropulich, 'Art as History', The Voice, vol. 2, no. 2, 8 February-3 March 2008, p. 8.

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Facing Percy Grainger

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 25 October 2007 to 3 February 2008

Originally presented in 2006 by the National Library of Australia in association with the Grainger Museum, Facing Percy Grainger is a major exhibition that explores the life, artistic world and musical achievements of this unique Australian. Forever associated, perhaps to his detriment, with the tuneful 'Country Gardens', Percy Grainger (1882-1961) was a celebrated pianist and composer, a pioneering folklore collector, musical inventor, social commentator and archivist.

Percy Grainger was an obsessive autoarchivist who left the University of Melbourne a diverse and internationally recognised archive and artefact collection numbering over 100,000 items.  His collection reflects his many enthusiasms and parallel interests including his experience as a virtuosic concert pianist, his career as a composer and arranger, and ‘free music’ experimenter, his pioneering work in folk song collecting and his untiring voice as a social commentator.

This colourful and thought-provoking exhibition will be on display at the Ian Potter Museum of Art at the University of Melbourne Parkville campus from 25 October until 3 February 2008. More

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From Nature: John Gould and Margaret Stones

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 6 September 2007 to 20 January 2008

Drawn from the University of Melbourne Art Collection, this exhibition features 17 hand-coloured lithographs, mostly from John Gould's famous publication The birds of Australia (1840-48) and completed by artists Elizabeth Gould, Henry Constantine Richter and William Hart, alongside more than 30 botanical illustrations in watercolour and ink by Australian artist Margaret Stones, dating from the early 1940s to the late 1970s. More

John Harry Grainger: Architect and Civil Engineer

Leigh Scott Gallery, Baillieu Library, 22 October 2007 to 7 January 2008

An exhibition that investigates the life and works of John Harry Grainger, father of Percy Grainger. The exhibition highlights the extraordinary achievements of this gifted architect and engineer who has been largely overlooked by history.  Grainger’s most complex engineering project in Australia was the design for Princes Bridge over the Yarra River in Melbourne.  He also designed an innovative swing bridge over the Latrobe River near Sale in Gippsland. Grainger worked as an architect in a number of lucrative partnerships winning prestigious design prizes which included the ‘Georges’ building in Melbourne’s Collins Street, the northern wing to Melbourne Town Hall as well as the impressive French Renaissance revival style art gallery and library in Auckland, New Zealand. Grainger also held the post of principal architect in the Public Works Department in Perth Western Australia.  By the end of his relatively short working life he had designed buildings in all states of Australia as well as in New Zealand and Colombo. The majority of items displayed in this exhibition are drawn from the Grainger Museum collection. A substantial catalogue of essays published by the University of Melbourne will accompany the exhibition. Curators: Brian Allison and Astrid Britt Krautschneider

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Major Kenneth Russell, pioneer dental surgeon, WWI 1914–1918

A display from the collection of the Henry Forman Atkinson Dental Museum, School of Dental Science.

This small but intriguing display looked at the work of Major Kenneth Russell D.D.Sc (1885–1945) during World War I.  After serving with the AIF as a dental officer in Egypt and France, Russell was transferred in 1917 to the special face and jaw hospital in Sidcup, Kent, England. He cared for patients with jaw and facial injuries and trained dental officers in the special methods of treatment used at that time. He also made collections of teaching models and appliances for the Universities of Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. The display was part of the original Melbourne collection that was housed in the museum of the Australian College of Dentistry. Now part of the Henry Forman Atkinson Dental Museum, the collection is possibly the only remaining example of treatment techniques from this period.

2007

Missionaries of Civilisation: The Commercial Travellers' Association of Victoria

Leigh Scott Gallery, Baillieu Library, 18 June to 5 October 2007

Before the development of retail chains, commercial travellers rode the nation’s back roads, dusting off their sample kits in front of the keen eyes of storekeepers. Many would spend weeks away from their families living in hotels, mixing with other commercial travellers and drinking with locals. In addition to their valued merchandise they were carriers of gossip and conveyers of news from town to town. Commercial Travellers’ Associations sprung up in each Australian state in the second half of the nineteenth century. These influential bodies created support networks for the often isolated traveller. An exhibition highlighting the Commercial Travellers’ Association of Victoria, the show draws from the University of Melbourne Archives Collection. Curators: Brian Allison and Loretta Shepherd, in association with Helen McLaughlin.

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Received with thanks: New acquisitions 2001–2007

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 19 May to 5 August 2007

Recent additions to the University of Melbourne Art Collection. Included works by Fred Cress, Brent Harris, Tim McMonagle, Rose Nolan, Rusty Peters, Margaret Preston, Hugh Ramsay and Gareth Sansom. More

Discovering Egypt

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 31 March to 26 August 2007

The Egyptians are one of the most fascinating peoples of the ancient world. This exhibition in the Ian Potter Museum included artefacts drawn from University of Melbourne and Queen's College collections. More

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Needles and Syringe Cultures Exhibition

Level 1, Alan Gilbert Building, The University of Melbourne, 18 to 28 July 2007

This exhibition, curated by Associate Professor John Fitzgerald, VicHealth Senior Research Fellow in the School of Population Health, provides a broad and fascinating perspective on the syringe, organised thematically around the strongly emotional attitudes which syringes evoke. Each attitude is explored through a series of video stories. The exhibition also includes items from two of the University of Melbourne's Cultural Collections: the Medical History Museum and the Henry Forman Atkinson Dental Museum, both in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

Tea: The Global Infusion - A Cultural Collections Exhibition

Baillieu Library, 20 March to 15 June 2007

An exhibition in the Baillieu Library planned to coincide with the 2007 Melbourne Wine and Food Festival, Tea: The Global Infusion draws from the local and wider community.  A range of Cultural Collections items are on display, along with art works created especially for the exhibition.  A number of aspects of this everyday pleasure are explored, including the history of tea, its social importance, medicinal uses, tea growing, tea trade and tea merchants.

Attention please! Posters from the Gerard Herbst Collection

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 25 January to 6 May 2007

This exhibition of striking posters by leading European, English and Australian designers revealed stylistic and conceptual shifts in graphic design over four decades. More

The academy: Portraits of a Parkville community

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 10 February to 22 April 2007

This exhibition of portraits and busts drawn from the University of Melbourne Art Collection, have been selected on the premise that a great portrait is less about achieving a likeness and more about the artistry involved in making a work. This exhibition presents a cross-section of styles, and explores developments in portraiture from the late nineteenth to the late twentieth centuries. More

Populous: Of a body of people

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 10 February to 22 April 2007

A wide-ranging selection of paintings, sculpture and works on paper not bound by media, date or artist, from the University of Melbourne Art Collection. More

Illuminations: Middle Eastern Manuscripts

An exhibition at the of manuscripts from the Special Collections of the Baillieu Library

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 2 September to 26 March 2007

Intricate hand embossing, gold inlays, and exquisite colourful illuminations of plants and animals, feature in irreplaceable Middle Eastern texts dating from the 1500s. These treasured manuscripts, from the Special Collections of the Baillieu Library (the University of Melbourne) detail plans and pilgrimages, Sufi poems and ancient prayers, astrological insights, and weaponry. More

Romance or Pulp Fiction? It’s Your Choice

Ground floor, Baillieu Library, 14 February to 9 March 2007

The Baillieu Library Romance Fiction Collection is a comprehensive collection of paper-back fiction by Australian and New Zealand as well as British and American romance novelists published from the 1960s up until the present by publishers such as Mills and Boon, Silhouette and the Women’s Weekly Library. The Douglas Taylor Collection of pulp and popular fiction is a collection of nearly five thousand paperbacks and pulp digests published in Australia between the 1940s and the 1980s. The collection ranges across all genres of popular fiction and sensationalised non-fiction, including crime, war, science fiction, westerns, romance and erotica.

The Facsimile and the Manuscript

Leigh Scott Gallery, Baillieu Library, 1 February to 9 March 2007

This exhibition showcases a selection of the Baillieu Library’s extensive collection of manuscript facsimiles. The selection displays copies of a range of manuscripts of various genres, dating from the 5th century through to the early 16th century. It incorporates biblical texts such as the early medieval Vienna Genesis, the 9th century Book of Kells and two 13th century Apocalypse manuscripts.

Strange spectacle: Christmas cards by Eric Thake and selected companion works from the University of Melbourne Art Collection

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 11 November 2006 to 4 February 2007

The wonderfully wry work of Eric Thake and his perceptive visual and verbal puns in the popular Christmas card series were featured alongside companion works from the collection. More

From Canton Club to Melbourne Cricket Club: The Architecture of Arthur Purnell

Baillieu Library, 4 October 2006 to 30 January 2007

Arthur William Purnell (1878-1964) was born into a family of architect/builders based in Geelong, Victoria. He studied Architecture at Gordon College (now Deakin University) before joining the family business Purnell & Sons. Following a world study tour in 1899, he settled in China for a decade where he established a lucrative business designing buildings on Shameen (now Shamian), a small island set aside by the Chinese government in Canton (now Guangzhou) for foreigners to work and live.

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Creation Tracks and Trade Winds: Groote Eylandt Bark Paintings from the University of Melbourne Art Collection

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 23 September 2006 to 21 January 2007

The University of Melbourne is the custodian of a rare collection of thirty-six bark paintings made by the Aboriginal people of Groote Eylandt, an island off the east coast of Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. Produced during the 1940s, the bark paintings are among the earliest representations of the painting style of the Anindilyakwa people. More

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Pastoral landscapes by Norman Macgeorge

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 23 September 2006 to 21 January 2007

This exhibition is comprised of a selection of landscape paintings by Norman Macgeorge (1872–1952), which are an excellent representation of his oeuvre. The landscapes are lyrical, contemplative, small to medium sized works that portray life in rural settings, open sunlit skys, and treed fields. More

2006

Casting the Ancient World

Level 1, Old Arts Building, 2006

This small exhibition celebrated a fascinating group of plaster cast objects from the University's Classics and Archaeology Collection.  The casts were reproductions of Near Eastern, Egyptian, Minoan and Greek originals dating from the 4th millennium BCE to the 2nd century CE, largely acquired by the Classical Studies and Middle Eastern Studies departments in the 1920s, 1930s and the 1950s. Many of the Classical casts were obtained by Professor Jessie Webb (a lecturer at the University from 1908 to 1944) for display in the Old Arts Building. The reproductions presented offered an opportunity to study objects from the ancient world which would not generally be seen in Australia. The display discussed the variety of roles that plaster casts can play within museums, concentrating on their use for the study and interpretation of languages, literary sources, cultural and religious practices, government and administrative systems, as well as artistic styles and techniques. The exhibition was curated by students Liz Cohen and Kerrianne Stone as part of the Student Projects Program (Cultural Collections) in 2006.

Facing Percy Grainger

An exhibition held at the National Library of Australia, Canberra in association with the Grainger Museum, 6 July to 15 October 2006, view online

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Bowerbird to Lyrebird: The Louise Hanson-Dyer Music Collection

Baillieu Library, 3 August to 24 September 2006

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Under the Burning Sun of the Colony: The Eight-hour Day Movement

Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the gain of the eight-hour day in Victoria

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 17 June to 17 September 2006

Under the burning sun of the colony commemorates the 150th anniversary of the achievement of the eight-hour day in Victoria. This victory was the first of its kind both in Australia and internationally, marking a pivotal stage in the development of the labour movement. Drawing from the Trade Union collections in the University of Melbourne Archives, the exhibition acknowledges the multiple histories that underwrite this historical achievement, the force of which highlight the struggle for workers to achieve fair conditions in working life today. More

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The ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece and Rome: Selected works from the Classics and Archaeology Collection

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 25 February to 27 August 2006

The University of Melbourne’s Classics and Archaeology Collection began in 1901 and is one of the oldest and most important collections of antiquities in Australia. Many of the 2500 items in the collection come from, or reflect the cultural traditions of, the ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece and Rome. More

Art Bound: A Selection of Artists' Books

An Art in the Library project

Baillieu Library, May to July 2006

Selected works from the collection of Dr Samuel Arthur Ewing

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 11 March to 11 June 2006

Presented to the University of Melbourne Union in 1938, the Ewing Collection comprises fifty-six paintings, prints and drawings by major nineteenth- and early twentieth-century artists. By donating the collection to the University, it was Ewing’s intention that these works instruct Australians in a love of their country. More

Speak out! Social change through community activism in the arts: a photographic exhibition by John Ellis

Works from the John Ellis Collection, University of Melbourne Archives

Counihan Gallery, Brunswick, 21 April to 14 May 2006

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Notabilia & curiosa: Recent acquisitions and discoveries: A Cultural Collections exhibition

Baillieu Library, 20 February to 5 May 2006

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Leisure times: Selected works from the University of Melbourne Art Collection

Ian Potter Museum of Art 19 November 2005 to 12 March 2006

Works by George Bell, Rupert Bunny, E Phillips Fox, Roy de Maistre and Ada May Plante. Drawing on the University of Melbourne Art Collection, this exhibition brought together artworks on the theme of leisure and recreation. More

Norman Lindsay: Selected works from the University of Melbourne Art Collection

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 19 November 2005 to 12 March 2006

Norman Lindsay is one of Australia’s most notorious and prolific artists. Born in Creswick, Victoria, in 1879, he was an illustrator, cartoonist, writer, sculptor and painter, famous equally for his classic children’s book The magic pudding (1918) as for his erotic depictions of the female nude.  The University of Melbourne holds an important group of works that were donated by the artist in 1969, including major works such as Homage to Venus and Crete, the largest painting Lindsay ever made. More

2005

Kelmscott: A Medieval Adventure in the Age of the Machine

Baillieu Library, 7 June to 23 December 2005

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A study in rhythm and design: Edith Alsop (1871–1958)

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 6 August to 13 November 2005

Drawing extensively from the University’s Edith Alsop Study Collection, this exhibition introduced the work of a relatively unknown Melbourne artist. Through early book illustrations, finished drawings, sketches and prints, the exhibition reflected the development of Alsop’s career, her European studies and commitment to modern art in the 1930s. More

Utopian visions: Ludwig Hirschfeld Mack and Percy Grainger

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 6 August to 30 October 2005

Percy Grainger (1882–1961) and Ludwig Hirschfeld Mack (1893–1965) are key figures within Victoria’s cultural history. The Grainger Museum at the University holds an outstanding collection of items by Percy Grainger, a world pioneer of experimental music, including a number of terry-towelling costumes. The design of the costumes can be traced to the dominant modernist concerns of the early twentieth century. Similarly, paintings, prints and drawings by Bauhaus-trained artist Ludwig Hirschfeld Mack provide insights into the European modernist tradition. Drawing strong visual links between the patterning and colour of the towelling clothes and the colour theories of the Bauhaus, this display offered viewers opportunities to connect with contemporary music and colour theory and gain insight into Hirschfeld Mack’s and Grainger’s individual quests for utopian ideals. More

Madhubani paintings from the collection and selected companion works

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 6 August to 30 October 2005

The University of Melbourne’s collection of 30 vibrant and unusual Madhubani paintings on paper from North India was given its first dedicated display at the Museum. Originally acquired in 1982 as an aid in teaching Hindu mythology by the then-Department of Indian Studies, the collection reflects the strong connections between the University’s cultural collections and its teaching programs. Companion works included Melbourne artist Louise Paramor's series of luminous head-and-shoulder portraits, with simply inscribed first names, depicting Indian artists she met during a three-month Asialink residency in 1995 at the Bharat Bhavan Multi-Arts Complex in Bhopal. More

Highlights from the University of Melbourne Art Collection

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 6 August to 16 October 2005

The University of Melbourne Art Collection has a history that spans more than 150 years. Shaped by the various individuals who have donated, acquired and commissioned artworks over this time, the collection comprises a broad and fascinating range of items of diverse cultural significance. Largely composed of Australian art, the collection also incorporates other key areas of representation including antiquities, international indigenous culture, decorative arts and twentieth-century poster designs. For the first exhibition in a series that reintroduced the collection after the Ian Potter Museum of Art’s 18-month closure, this selection included the work of more than forty artists including Lina Bryans, John Brack, Nicholas Chevalier, Murray Griffin, Joy Hester, Linda Marrinon, Max Meldrum, Gareth Sansom and William Strutt. More

Peregrinations in Asia Minor: European Description and Cartography in the 16th and 17th Centuries

Baillieu Library, 7 February to 1 April 2005

Treason, Tichborne and Tait: Trials from the Legal Resource Centre and the University of Melbourne Archives

Legal Resource Centre, University of Melbourne, 2005

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2004

From life: Works by early generations of students at the National Gallery Art School

Exhibition of works from the VCA Art Collection

Victorian College of the Arts, 28 October to 13 November 2004

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Rush to rebellion: Victorian gold rushes 1851–1854: A Baillieu Library exhibition commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Eureka Rebellion

Drawing on the Baillieu Library Special Collections and the University of Melbourne Archives

Baillieu Library, 1 November to 10 December 2004

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Mad Monks, Sham Ruins and Damsels in Distress: Aspects of Medievalism from the University of Melbourne Collections

Baillieu Library, August to October 2004

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Performing Revolution: France 1789–1945

Drawing on material from the Robert Brécy Collection, Special Collections

Baillieu Library, 7 June to 30 July 2004

Held to coincide with the XIVth George Rudé Seminar of French History

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Treating the Past: How Medical Melbourne Came of Age

Medical History Museum, May to September 2004

In the privacy of their own Holmes: An exhibition of private press and limited edition Sherlockiana

Baillieu Library, 5 April to 28 May 2004

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Burning clouds & leaping glaciers: An exhibition on volcanoes

Drawing on the Rare Books collection of the Earth Sciences Library and the Baillieu Library Special Collections

Baillieu Library, 16 February to 26 March, 2004

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The faculty reflects: 150 years of medical history

Medical History Museum, 2003–2004

2003

The Grimwade effect

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 22 October to 14 December 2003

Exhibition catalogue available

Curiosity: 150 Years of Collecting at the University of Melbourne

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 20 May to 27 July 2003

The baker of Maldon: A Baillieu Library exhibition commemorating the centenary of the George McArthur Bequest, 1903

Baillieu Library, 22 September to 7 November 2003

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Nature's instrument: 150 years of amateur choral music in Melbourne: Royal Melbourne Philharmonic and Royal Victorian Liedertafel

A Grainger Museum exhibition

Baillieu Library, June to July 2003

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Selected works from the University of Melbourne Art Collection

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 22 May to 22 July 2003

A selection of works drawn from the University of Melbourne Art Collection including contemporary Australian artists Matthys Gerber, James Gleeson, Ian Howard, Stieg Persson, Gareth Sansom and Vivienne Shark LeWitt.

Selected works from the University of Melbourne Art Collection

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 1 May to 20 July 2003

A selection of works drawn from the University of Melbourne Art Collection including artists Ralph Balson, Peter

Booth, Ian Fairweather, Ludwig Hirschfeld Mack, Roger Kemp, Godfrey Miller, John Olsen, Mike Parr, John Passmore and Tony Tuckson.

What a Place for an Education!: 1853 to 2003 - the University of Melbourne

A Baillieu Library exhibition celebrating the University's 150th anniversary

Leigh Scott Gallery, Baillieu Library, 25 March to 31 May 2003

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Selected works from the University of Melbourne Art Collection

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 27 February to 18 May 2003

This selection of works from the University of Melbourne Art Collection focussed on artists’ depictions of work-orientated environments and experiences. Images of people at work presented a counterpoint to the depiction of people engaged in leisure pursuits, which was a popular subject for artists in the early part of the twentieth century. Artists included Edith Alsop, Muirhead Bone, Rupert Bunny, Murray Griffin, George Lambert, Norman Macgeorge, Max Middleton, Jan Senbergs, Lesbia Thorpe and James Wigley

From Bologna to Melbourne: Universities and the World of Learning

Baillieu Library, 5 February to 14 March 2003

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Eric Thake: 'Christmas greetings from Thake's Flat'

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 19 December 2002 to 23 Mar 2003

From 1941 to 1975 Australian artist Eric Thake produced 36 different linocut designs for personal Christmas cards to send to family and friends. From relatively humble and thrifty beginnings, these cards quickly became collectors items and are now considered unique examples of Thake’s artistic skill, quick eye and clever wit.  The University’s collection of Christmas cards shows compositions with clean lines and silhouetted forms, demonstrating Thake’s training as a graphic designer.

Selected works from the University of Melbourne Art Collection

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 26 November 2002 to 26 February 2003

Works by Norman Lindsay, one of Australia’s most notorious and prolific artists. Born in Creswick, Victoria, in 1879, he was an illustrator, cartoonist, writer, sculptor and painter, famous equally for his classic children’s book The magic pudding as for his erotic depictions of the female nude.

Electrifying the Past, Engineering the Future

An Exhibition by the University of Melbourne Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, 2003

2002

A consummate collector: The botanical passions of Russell Grimwade

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 26 September to 15 December 2002

The Grimwade Collection was bequeathed to the University of Melbourne in Sir Russell Grimwade's will of 1949 and presented to the University after the death of Lady Grimwade in 1972. Russell Grimwade was a person of diverse interests; the subject of botany was to hold lifelong appeal for him. His activities in this area encompassed patron and collector of art and books, chemist and author. This exhibition brought together works of diverse media including paintings, watercolours, books and furniture that highlight Russell Grimwade’s botanical interests.

‘Daring depredations on the St Kilda and Brighton Road’: William Strutt’s 'Bushrangers, Victoria, Australia' 1852 (1887)

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 12 September to 1 December 2002

Works by William Strutt, Nicholas Chevalier, De Gruchy & Leigh, Robert Havell and Robert Dale, Arthur Essam, Samuel Gill, Goodman Teal, Nathaniel Whitlock. William Strutt’s Bushrangers, Victoria, Australia, 1852 is one of the most significant works in the University of Melbourne Art Collection. This exhibition aimed to provide a context for the painting by displaying colonial works showing artists' interpretations of the social, political and environmental concerns of the time. The display also included infra-red research and three studies for Bushrangers that show the complexities of picture-making.

The Full Majesty of Nature: The Collection of Dr Samuel Arthur Ewing

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 21 September to 24 November 2002

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Judging by their covers: A Baillieu Library exhibition of fine bindings from the 16th century to the present in the Special Collections

Baillieu Library, 19 August to 4 October 2002

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The Accidental Wunderkammer: Decorative Arts and Curiosities from the Grainger Collection

Grainger Museum, April to October 2002

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Selected works from the University of Melbourne Art Collection

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 6 July to 8 September 2002

A selection of works focusing on the theme of landscape painting and the work of abstract artist Ludwig Hirschfeld Mack. Artists included Sidney Nolan, Joseph Brown, Danila Vassilieff and Norman Macgeorge, among others.

Inscribing the Daily: An exhibition of and about diaries

A University of Melbourne Archives exhibition

Baillieu Library, 24 June to 9 August 2002

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Selected works from the University of Melbourne Art Collection

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 18 April to 4 August 2002

A selection that provided a generational context for the work of Australian artist Peter Kennedy. Artists included contemporaries such as Mike Parr, Robert Rooney, Ian Howard and Gareth Sansom.

Bounty of the sea: Selected works from the Leonhard Adam collection of international indigenous culture

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 4 May to 7 July 2002

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The Waverley operas: Musical adaptations of Sir Walter Scott

Baillieu Library, 1 May to 14 June 2002

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Selected works from the University of Melbourne Art Collection

Ian Potter Museum of Art,10 February to 28 April 2002

A selection of works from the late 19th century through to the 1950s which illustrated the range of the University’s holdings of Australian art. Artists included John Ford Patterson, Roi de Maistre, George Lambert, Lina Bryans and Ralph Balson, among others.

Fashion: The cultural imagery of clothing

Baillieu Library, March to April 2002

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Perspectives: Conservation and the Art of Investigation

The Materials and Techniques of E. Phillips Fox

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 24 November to 27 February 2002

Through lens and speculum: Views of medical student life, exhibition

Medical History Museum, 2002

'Don't spit!' The control of TB in Victoria

Medical History Museum, 2001–2002

2001

Norman Macgeorge: Man of art

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 22 September to 25 November 2001

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The Macgeorge Bequest: Artists-in-residence: Selected works from the University of Melbourne Art Collection

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 23 August to 18 November 2001

This exhibition drew on extensive research by Macgeorge Fellow Dr John Pigot to present an important, but overlooked, period in Melbourne’s cultural history - the 1920s and 1930s. The development of Norman Macgeorge’s artistic practice was examined as was the modern design of Macgeorge’s home, ‘Ballangeich’ at Fairy Hills (Ivanhoe), designed by architect Harold Desbrowe-Annear in 1911. A unique feature of the exhibition was the reconstruction of a 1920s exhibition room featuring works from major collections across Australia by contemporaries such as Penleigh Boyd, George Lambert and Mervyn Napier Waller.

Half a painter's nature: Percy Grainger as designer

A Grainger Museum exhibition

Baillieu Library, September to November 2001

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Classical influences: Selected works from the University of Melbourne Art Collection

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 16 August to 30 September 2001

Coinciding with the opening of the new Classics and Archaeology Gallery, this display from the University of Melbourne Art Collection highlighted the depiction of classical motifs and mythological themes in Australian art. Artists included Napier Waller, William Strutt, Rupert Bunny, Norman Lindsay and Thea Proctor.

Bon voyage: Selected works from the Gerard Herbst Poster Collection

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 9 August to 16 September 2001

The posters in the exhibition were selected from the many travel posters held in the Gerard Herbst Poster Collection within the University of Melbourne Art Collection. They are evidence of the immense growth of tourism and air travel after World War II, but also of the persistence of 19th-century colonialism and romanticism within the mentality of the tourist.

Selected works from the University of Melbourne Art Collection

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 24 May to 19 August 2001

This display focused on the theme of abstraction, highlighting the development of non-figurative representation within Australian art practice from the mid-1940s to the late 1990s. Artists included Ralph Balson, John Passmore, Ludwig Hirschfeld Mack, Lesley Dumbrell, Robert Hunter and Robert Jacks among others.

Sanctity and mystery: The symbolist art of Rupert Bunny

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 2 June to 29 July 2001

Guest curator Barbara Kane presented a re-assessment of this popular artist’s work, focusing on the little known literary, religious and mystical themes of his symbolist period. Based on extensive research undertaken in the University of Melbourne’s considerable holdings, this exhibition paired preparatory drawings with major paintings on loan from public and private collections, allowing viewers to trace the development of Bunny’s symbolic language.

Victorian gold: The gold rush and its impact on cultural life

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 28 April to 24 June 2001

This exhibition celebrated the 150th anniversary of gold discovery in Victoria. Through the work of key artists of the goldfields, the exhibition focused on this significant period in our State’s history as well as exploring the impact of gold discovery on the growth of Melbourne from town to major city. The exhibition drew extensively from the University of Melbourne Art Collection and included works from the private collections of Denis Joachim, many of which were exhibited in Australia for the first time.

Secret Passages: Moriarty in the Baillieu: An exhibition of student work from the Faculty of Architecture, Building & Planning together with sundry objects

Baillieu Library, 9 April to 25 May 2001

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The Director’s choice: Selected works from the University of Melbourne Art Collection

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 1 February to 20 May 2001

A selected rotation of the earlier Director’s Choice subtly reoriented the themes and mood of the room. New works explored the artist’s studio, with paintings of the working space in which art is made. A particular aspect of the artist’s labour - observation - was shown in the works focusing on people observed by artists. Artists included Dale Hickey, Ralph Balson, Hugh Ramsay, Jon Campbell and Stephen Bush, among others.

Australian life in the Federation years, 1890–1914: A University of Melbourne Library exhibition

Drawing on the Baillieu Library Special Collections and the University of Melbourne Archives

Baillieu Library, 2001

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The rise of technology in the practice of medicine

Medical History Museum, 2001

Mercury rising: Thermal themes from the University of Melbourne Art Collection

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 16 December 2000 to 11 February 2001

From old master prints to 20th-century painting, this exhibition traversed the many senses of heat: summer beaches, the fires of hell, intense passion and blazing colour. Artists included Tim Jones, Peter Booth, Murray Griffin, William Strutt and E Phillips Fox, among others.

John Brack: Art in focus

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 12 December 2000 to 04 February 2001

Presented as an adjunct to the exhibition John Brack: Inside and Outside, this display featured paintings, prints and drawings by John Brack from the University of Melbourne Art Collection.

2000 x Christmas: A University of Melbourne Library exhibition

Baillieu Library, 10 November 2000 to 5 January 2001

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The Director’s choice: Selected works from the University of Melbourne Art Collection

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 1 October 2000 to 28 January 2001

This exhibition presented groupings of paintings that featured urbanism, abstraction and body imagery. How do triggers such as style, practice and period frame our interpretation of artworks?

2000

A collection and a cottage

Selected works from the Russell and Mab Grimwade Bequest, The University of Melbourne

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 23 September to 3 December 2000

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Significant others: The representation of women in early printed books

Baillieu Library, 8 September to 31 October 2000

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Selected works from the University of Melbourne Art Collection: Founding Donors exhibition

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 6 July to 24 September 2000

This exhibition drew on works from two of the University of Melbourne’s most significant art collections, the Grimwade and Ewing Collections. The paintings and works on paper were selected around the themes of landscape and domestic interiors. Works by Louis Buvelot, Frederick McCubbin and Rupert Bunny were some of the artists included in this display.

Sensational tales: Australian popular publishing 1890s–1990s

Baillieu Library, 27 January to 24 March 2000

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Other healers: 150 years of complementary medicine in Victoria

Medical History Museum, 2000

Not gone but forgotten: Poliomyelitis in Victoria

Medical History Museum, 1999–2000

1999-1995

1999

Aubrey Beardsley and the 1890s: A tribute: An exhibition from the collections of the University of Melbourne Library

Baillieu Library, 20 September to 22 December 1999

Your Greatest Challenge: An Exhibition Marking the 60th Anniversary of the Outbreak of Second World War

A University of Melbourne Archives exhibition

Baillieu Library, 16 August to 16 September 1999

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Chinese maps and regional resources: An exhibition of selected books and maps from the University of Melbourne Library and the private collection of Professor David Holm

Baillieu Library, 24 May to 10 July 1999

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Images of chivalry: Richard the Lionheart, 1157–1199

Baillieu Library, 7 April to 16 May 1999

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Male order: Addressing menswear

An exhibition based on clothing from the Grainger Museum Collection

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 16 February to 4 April 1999

Introducing the Baillieu Library: A 40th birthday celebration

Baillieu Library, 24 February to 1 April 1999

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A closed world: The asylum system in Victoria 1848 to 1920

Medical History Museum, 1999 (toured to Darebin and West Gippsland Arts Centres)

1998

From the Granta to the Yarra: Cambridge in books

Baillieu Library, 19 October to 18 December 1998

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Feminine Industry: Nursing Work at the Bedside and Beyond

Medical History Museum, June to November 1998

Mallarmé and Australia

Baillieu Library, 7 September to 9 October 1998

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Percy Grainger: From meat-shun-ment to cut-cure-craft

Grainger Museum, July 1998

A display celebrating the 7th International Music Medicine Symposium, held at the University of Melbourne's Faculty of Music, from 12-15 July, 1998

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Mapping the bourgeois mind & la Chanson de la rue

Baillieu Library, 4 May to 24 July 1998

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From research to career: 50 years of PhD Programs at the University of Melbourne

Baillieu Library, 18 February to 24 April 1998

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Electric-eye, a 60th anniversary celebration of sonic and visual experiments in the spirit of Percy Grainger

An exhibition proudly presented by the University of Melbourne's Grainger Museum in association with the Melbourne Festival

Grainger Museum, 1998

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Percy Grainger and the sea: From water, wind and the sea evolved the soundscapes of Percy Grainger's mind

Grainger Museum, 1998

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From rise to boom to fall: A survey of etching

Exhibition of fifty-four etchings from the collection of the Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne

Baillieu Library and Gippsland Art Gallery, 1998

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Viewing the invisible: An installation by Fred Wilson

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 1998

Exhibition included objects from the Medical History Museum, the University of Melbourne Anatomy Museum (now the Harry Brookes Allen Museum of Anatomy and Pathology), and the University of Melbourne Art Collection, as well as several regional art galleries and the State Library of NSW.

1997

To all the little masters and to all the little misses: Early English books for children in the Morgan Collection of children's books

An exhibition from the collections of the University of Melbourne

Baillieu Library, 20 October to 19 December 1997

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Quacks, Eccentrics & Alternative Therapies: Tales of Colonial Medicine

Medical History Museum, 6 August to 10 December 1997

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Jane Austen and the romance of the regency

An exhibition of material from The University of Melbourne Library

Baillieu Library, 4 August to 26 September, 1997

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'Gentlemen, the ladies are going to publish': Books by women graduates of the University of Melbourne from the Baillieu Library collections

Baillieu Library, 2 June to 25 July 1997

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Life and death in Georgian England

Baillieu Library, 2 April to 23 May 1997

An exhibition centred around a copy of William Cowper's The anatomy of humane bodies (Oxford: Smith and Walford, 1698) held in the Baillieu Library

Exhibition catalogue available

Views and landscapes: A topographical journey through the collections of the Baillieu Library

Baillieu Library, 27 January to 21 March 1997

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Percy Grainger 1882–1961: artist and art collector

Grainger Museum, 1997

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The Pacific in maps: an exhibition from the Map Section

Baillieu Library, 4 November 1996 to 31 January 1997

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Art, industry and science: The Grimwade legacy: Works of art from the Russell and Mab Grimwade bequest

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 1997

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1996

Books by women graduates of the University of Melbourne

An exhibition for the University of Melbourne Alumni Fest

Baillieu Library, 25 to 27 October 1996

Exhibition catalogue available

William Morris: Romantic to Revolutionary 1834–1896

University of Melbourne Museum of Art, 2 September to 11 October 1996

Exhibition catalogue available

Boats II: From the Print Collection

Leigh Scott Room, Baillieu Library, 8 August to 29 October 1996

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South Africa: A changing society

An exhibition from the University of Melbourne Library

Baillieu Library, 8 August to 22 October 1996

Exhibition catalogue available

Henry Lawson: Examples of Lawsoniana from the McLaren Collection

Baillieu Library, 8 May to 31 July 1996

Exhibition catalogue available

The Iliad and the Odyssey: Homeric Prints from the Collection of the University of Melbourne Library

Leigh Scott Room, Baillieu Library, 8 May to 31 July 1996

The age of ex libris: Bookplates from the Library's collection

Leigh Scott Room, Baillieu Library, 6 February to 30 April

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For Percy Grainger (1882–1961) the band plays on, and on, and on, and on

Grainger Museum, 1996

An exhibition of original arrangements, compositions, costumes and memorabilia relating to Percy Grainger's service in the U.S. Army during World War I, through to his conducting bands during the 1950s

Exhibition catalogue available

1995

The art of William Palmer Robins: Selected from the Print Collection of the Baillieu Library

Leigh Scott Room, Baillieu Library, 7 November to 5 December 1995

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Turbulence: An interactive museum of unnatural history

Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne Museum of Art, 12 October to 4 November 1995

Exhibition of combined works by computer artist Jon McCormack with specimens from the Tiegs Zoology Museum, University of Melbourne

Exhibition catalogue available

The art of war: Interpretations in prints from several centuries

Leigh Scott Room, Baillieu Library, 2 August to 20 October 1995

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Preserving the past: Disasters!: Abused art works from the print collection of the University of Melbourne Library

Leigh Scott Room, Baillieu Library, 1 June to 26 July 1995

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Australian women artists and the illustrated book: An exhibition from the Library’s Special Collections

Baillieu Library, 6 March to 26 May 1995

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Australian women printmakers

Leigh Scott Room, Baillieu Library, 24 February to 26 May 1995

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Australians at war: An exhibition selected from resources of the University of Melbourne Archives

University of Melbourne Archives, 6 March to 26 May 1995

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Percy Grainger's gift to the land of his birth: A strange heterogeneous treasure hoard-house

An exhibition to celebrate the University of Melbourne Faculty of Music centennial 1995

Grainger Museum, 1995

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The lure of the Pacific

An exhibition from the Special Collections

Baillieu Library, 6 October 1994 to 31 January 1995

Exhibition catalogue available

1994-1990

1994

Fifteenth & sixteenth century illustrated books

An exhibition from the Rare Books Collection

Baillieu Library, 21 July to 30 September 1994

Exhibition catalogue available

The influence of Albrecht Dürer: An exhibition of prints by Dürer’s contemporaries

Baillieu Library, 21 July to 30 September 1994

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Lives in Isolation: Australian pioneer women of the bush and outback

Baillieu Library, 5 May to 5 July 1994

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Zen made in Australia

Ian Potter Gallery, University of Melbourne Museum of Art, 18 May to 18 June 1994

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Gardens of the mind: French, English and Australian garden books from the 17th to the 20th century

Baillieu Library, 9 March to 29 April 1994

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Still life - living images: Wood engravings by Lionel Lindsay

Special Collections, Baillieu Library and Arts Victoria, February 1994

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The Studio Magazine: A Centenary Celebration Exhibition

Baillieu Library, 12 October 1993 to 31 January 1994

Percy Grainger's paradoxical quest for 'world music': Free music & free music machines

Grainger Museum, 1994

Exhibition catalogue available

1993

Ruskin and 19th century book illustration: Prints from the collection of the Baillieu Library

Baillieu Library, October to November 1993

Exhibition catalogue available

The City: Urban scenes and views interpreted in prints from the 16th to the 20th centuries

Leigh Scott Room, Baillieu Library, 1 August to 30 October 1993

Illustrated Books from the Medical Rare Books Collection

Baillieu Library, 4 August to 30 September 1993

Facsimiles of Illuminated Medieval Manuscripts

Baillieu Library, 4 June to 31 July 1993

Exhibition catalogue available

Victorian Aerial Photographs 1945–1993

Leigh Scott Room, Baillieu Library, 4 June to 30 July 1993

Images of the European Landscape: Landscape as portrayed by printmakers from 1553 to 1928

A joint exhibition between the Print Collection, Baillieu Library and the Hamilton Art Gallery

University of Melbourne Museum of Art, 5 May to 30 June 1993

Exhibition catalogue available

A vision splendid: Illustrated books of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries depicting the natural history and topography of Australia

Baillieu Library, 21 April to 28 May 1993

Exhibition catalogue available

The Nordic inspiration: Percy Grainger, 1882–1961 and Edvard Grieg, 1843-1907: An exhibition to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Grieg

Grainger Museum, 1993

Exhibition catalogue available

1992

A pretty fardel of books: Five centuries of books and prints from the Poynton Collection

Baillieu Library, 2 June to 18 July 1992

Exhibition catalogue available

'First you catch your ...': An exhibition of cookery books from the University of Melbourne Library collection

Baillieu Library, 10 December 1991 to January 1992

Exhibition catalogue available

Percy Grainger: The noble savage: Featuring original costumes, photographs, memorabilia, ethnographic artefacts and music

Grainger Museum, 1992

Exhibition catalogue available

An exhibition of exquisite rare maps of Asia Minor from the Ronald and Pamela Walker Collection

Rare Map Collection, 1992

1991

Formative years of Percy Grainger: Baby and child

Grainger Museum, 1991

Exhibition catalogue available

Man of science: Michael Faraday, 1791–1867: An exhibition of selected sources in Baillieu Library's collection

Baillieu Library, 1991

Exhibition catalogue available

A selection from the University Art Collection

University of Melbourne Museum of Art, 1991

Including bark paintings from Groote Eylandt; coins of the Roman Republic; Greek vases; paintings, monoprints and drawings by Rupert Bunny; and some recent Australian art. Guest curator Peter Timms

Exhibition catalogue available

1990

Percy Grainger's 'Nordic princess': Courtesan and 20th century woman

Exhibition on Ella Viola Bandelius Ström Grainger

Grainger Museum, 1990

Exhibition catalogue available

Brave sons of the Empire: Imperialism and juvenile literature, 1870–1914

Baillieu Library, 199-

Exhibition catalogue available

1989-1985

1989

Works of art from the Russell and Mab Grimwade bequest: the University of Melbourne Art Collection

University of Melbourne Museum of Art, 1989

Exhibition catalogue available

'Liberty or death'!: Voices from a stormy decade: The French Revolution, 1789–1799

Baillieu Library 24 July to 29 September 1989

Exhibition catalogue available

1988

The Leonhard Adam Collection

University of Melbourne Museum of Art, 7 September to 21 October, 1988

Exhibition catalogue available

The Rose Grainger costume collection

Grainger Museum, 1988

Exhibition catalogue available

1987

The Grimwade collection: A selection of works from the bequest of Sir Russell and Lady Grimwade

University of Melbourne Museum of Art, 22 July to 4 September 1987

Exhibition catalogue available

The art of Lucas van Leyden: Prints from the Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne

Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne and City of Hamilton Art Gallery, 1987

Exhibition catalogue available

1985

The library of a Victorian pioneer, George McArthur, 1842–1903: An exhibition of books from his bequest to the University of Melbourne

Baillieu Library, 5 September to 10 October 1985

Exhibition catalogue available

The University of Melbourne art collection: 1855–1985

University of Melbourne Museum of Art, 26 June to 2 August 1985

Exhibition catalogue available

The three faces of Percy Grainger - a Grainger Museum exhibition

Performing Arts Museum, Victorian Arts Centre, 29 July to 29 September 1985

Exhibition catalogue available

1984-1980

1984

The Fabian Society centenary, 1884–1984: An exhibition of books by Fabians from the University of Melbourne Library's collection

Baillieu Library, 18 June to 31 July 1984

Exhibition catalogue available

1983

The eighteenth century book: An exhibition of examples from the University of Melbourne Library's collection

Baillieu Library, 29 August to 15 November 1983

Exhibition catalogue available

Mortuary objects from North East Arnhem Land and Cape York Peninsula: The Donald Thomson Collection

University Art Gallery, 3 August to 16 September 1983

Exhibition catalogue available

Women artists: Works from the permanent collection

University Art Gallery, 26 July to 30 August 1983

Exhibition catalogue available

Percy Grainger

Newcastle Regional Gallery, 1983

1981

The Ewing collection

Ewing Gallery, Melbourne University Union, 1981

Exhibition catalogue available

Date Unknown

Novel débuts: Serial fiction in Victorian periodicals: An exhibition of selected sources in the Baillieu Library's collection

Baillieu Library, 4th July - 21st September 198-

Exhibition catalogue available

The wayfarers: Women travellers and their world

Baillieu Library, 9 October to 15 December 198-

Exhibition catalogue available

1979-1966

1979

Percy Grainger & the arts of the Pacific

CBA Bank, Collins Street, Melbourne, 24 September to 5 October 1979

Exhibition to celebrate the 18th General Assembly, International Music Council (UNESCO), presented by the Grainger Museum at the CBA Bank, Collins Street, Melbourne.

Exhibition catalogue available

Norman Lindsay: Catalogue of the centenary exhibition from the University of Melbourne collection

University Art Gallery, 5 May to 10 June 1987

Exhibition catalogue available

Exhibition of maps of India, chiefly from the 18th to the 20th century

Print Room, Baillieu Library, February 1979

1978

Objects, documents and pictures to reflect upon, selected from the Grainger Museum and the Archives Collections of the University of Melbourne

University Art Gallery, February to April 1978

Exhibition catalogue available

Exhibition of mapping by Commonwealth Government Authorities

Leigh Scott Room, Baillieu Library, October to November 1978

Exhibition originally displayed at State Library of Victoria, supplemented at the University of Melbourne by examples of early Commonwealth mapping from the Baillieu Library's map collection.

Resources of the Map Section

March to May 1978

1977

Exhibition of early Australian thematic maps

September 1976 to January 1977

1976

Types of mapping

March to May 1976

1975

Cartography in Switzerland

Leigh Scott Room, Baillieu Library, 25 August to 5 September 1975

Exhibition on the historical development of mapping, presented by the University of Melbourne Library and the Australian Map Curators' Circle

Margaret Stones: Retrospective

University Art Gallery, 1975

Exhibition catalogue available

Victoria in maps

February to April 1975

1973

The Leonhard Adam Ethnological Collection

University Art Gallery, 28 June to August 1973

Exhibition catalogue available

1966

An exhibition of rare books illustrative of Russian history and literature, with a special section on Australian associations, selected mainly from the C. M. Hotimsky collection recently acquired by the Baillieu library

Baillieu Library, 1966

Exhibition catalogue available