National Gallery of Victoria Presents 10 ways to look at the past

The National Gallery of Victoria presents 10 ways to look at the past on view 23 July 2011–19 February 2012.

As part of the contemporary art program, the National Gallery of Victoria presents 10 ways to look at the past, an exhibition exploring artists’ fascination with the passing of time.

This exhibition features works by 10 Australian artists, including new acquisitions by David Noonan, Tom Nicholson and Richard Lewer, which are on display at the NGV for the first time.

Drawn entirely from the NGV Collection, 10 ways to look at the past explores how the concepts of history and memory have been observed, challenged and reinvented through a diverse range of works.

Jane Devery, Assistant Curator, Contemporary Art, NGV said the concept of the past has been used to introduce different ideas relating to the passing of time, both real and imagined, that connect the works in this exhibition.

“Some artists draw on personal histories, while others explore the past through collective or cultural memories. Some test notions of truth and fiction while others delve into the past through imaginary realms,” said Ms Devery.

On display for the first time is the powerful installation, Untitled 2009 by David Noonan. Featuring five larger than life-size figures, this work forms a mysterious procession of dark, hooded characters, monstrous puppets and children parading banners.

The NGV today also unveiled a recent acquisition by Tom Nicholson. Documents from a banner marching project, 2004–2007 is an installation based on a series of banners from marches organised by Nicholson in 2004–05. The artist used the outline of various national boundaries established since 1901 to generate the route the marches followed, creating a memorial to the legacy of the 20th century.

The third new acquisition, The Sound of your own breathing by Richard Lewer is an animation centred around three characters who each reveal an unsettling chapter from their past.

Frances Lindsay, Deputy Director, NGV said: “In the NGV’s 150th year we are delighted to have acquired these works by three significant Australian artists. This is a wonderful opportunity for Victorians to see exciting new additions to the NGV Collection in the context of the other contemporary works in this exhibition.”

10 ways to look at the past features works by Tom Nicholson, David Noonan, Ricky Swallow, Narelle Jubelin, Emily Floyd, Brook Andrew, Peter Kennedy, Tracey Moffatt, Richard Lewer and Martyn Jolly.

10 ways to look at the past is on display from 23 July 2011 – 5 February 2012 at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Federation Square. Open Tues–Sun. 10am–5pm. Entry is free.

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