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10 ways to look at the past

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© Courtesy of NGV (National Gallery Victoria) The Ian Potter Centre
10 ways to look at the past

Federation Square Cnr Russell & Flinders Sts
Melbourne
Victoria
Australia
July 23rd, 2011 - February 5th, 2012

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/
COUNTRY:  
Australia
PHONE:  
03 8620 2222
OPEN HOURS:  
Open 10am–5pm Closed Mondays

DESCRIPTION

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.