10 ways to look at the past features works by ten contemporary Australian artists that demonstrate a fascination with the passing of time. Drawn from the NGV’s permanent collection of contemporary art, the exhibition traces a range of artists’ approaches to the past whether nostalgic, introspective, playful or critical.
Some draw on personal histories, while others explore the past through collective or cultural memories. Some test notions of truth and fiction in an examination of repressed or contested histories. Others delve into the past via imaginary realms or personal recollections. Including several new major acquisitions, works in the exhibition range from large scale installations, sculptures and video art, to photographs, prints and watercolours.
Encompassing a range of artistic practices and attitudes, this exhibition explores some of the ways in which the themes of history, memory and the passing of time have been transformed in contemporary art.