For the first time key sculptural works from the RMIT University Art Collection will be displayed at RMIT Gallery in an exhibition that showcases important pieces from the past 50 years and beyond.
Around 40 hidden treasures, many not seen in public for decades, will be unveiled when the exhibition Revelations: Sculpture From The RMIT Art Collection opens on Friday, 23 May.
Featuring Australian and international artists including Inge King, Ah Xian and Lisa Roet, the exhibition will unveil new acquisitions and highlight major works from the long standing collection.
Curator Jon Buckingham said that Revelations would chart the stylistic changes across the last 50 years of sculptural practice in Australia.
“Many of these works test the boundaries of style and form, for instance sound art by American artist Bill Fontana, and neon light work by indigenous artist Reko Rennie,” Mr Buckingham said.
“The RMIT Collection also illustrates the growth of technologies used in contemporary sculpture.
“Colombian-Australian sculptor Maria Fernanda Cardoso’s sculptures of microscopic insect penises embrace evolving technologies such as rapid 3D prototyping, while Sam Jinks’ beguiling human animal hybrid work utilises high quality silicon and human hair.”
Mr Buckingham said that the range of work by artists considered masters of high abstraction, including members of the Centre Five Group, is well represented in the RMIT Art Collection and in the exhibition.
“Many of these sculptors such as Inge King and Vincas Jomantas were immigrants from post-war Europe who creatively influenced the development of modernism in Australia.”
RMIT Gallery Director and Chair of the Art Committee Suzanne Davies said that RMIT has a proud history of teaching sculpture since it began training artists in 1888 as the Working Men’s College.
What: Revelations: Sculpture From The RMIT Art Collection
When: Friday, 23 May – Saturday, 12 July
Where: RMIT Gallery, 344 Swanston St, Melbourne