#ma2015Syd conference Blog

Tackling a thorny topic

Stephen Fry has written about them. Geoffrey Robertson and Amal Clooney have been to court about them. The debate continues about the Elgin Marbles. The National Gallery of Australia’s dancing Shiva was the object of our local reflections. At the Museums Australia national conference, panellists Michaela Boland from The Australian and respected academics Robyn Sloggett from the University of Melbourne and Donna West Brett from the University of Sydney will explore the thorny issue of provenance in the session Deciding What Should Happen with the Elgin Marbles is Simple, Right?

Revisiting the Garden Palace and other conference topics

Sydney-based Aboriginal artist Jonathan Jones will kick off the conference with a keynote address that extracts fresh interpretation from Sydney’s historic domed Garden Palace, which burnt down in 1882 causing the massive loss of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal material on display. In re-imagining the site, Jonathan he will explore the “power of cultural erasure and the significance of memory”, drawing on his winning Kaldor Publc Art Projects Your Very Good Idea commission, barrangal dyara (skin and bones). There will also be presentations on the birth of the Indigenous art industry, social inclusion through art and museums, collecting art in history museums, and art in performing arts centres, among other topics.

Macquarie Bank art collection

You might be interested in the Macquarie Bank art collection tour we are organising for Friday 22 May. More details to come.

Other shows to see

If you have a spare day why not fit into your schedule a visit to the major public galleries? The Art Gallery of NSW has Matisse and the Moderns, the debut presentation of Jazz by Henry Matisse, with a selection of related works by other European modernists. At Circular Quay, the Museum of Contemporary Art will be presenting the blockbuster exhibition Light Show, which attracted outstanding reviews when it opened at London’s Hayward Gallery last year and drew record attendances at the at the Auckland Art Gallery. 

And you might also be tempted by the private galleries at East Sydney, within easy walking distance of the main conference venue. Watters Gallery is showing works by Bryan King, Evan Salmon and Tony Tuckson until Saturday 23rd May. King St Gallery will be exhibiting works by William Leo Robba. And the Stanley St Gallery, next door to a string of East Sydney restaurants, has an exhibition of Jill Crossley photographs. Further details: http://stanleystreetgallery.com.au/sydney-east-art-walk-map-februar... and http://spectrumnow.com.au/events/sydney-east-art-walk/.

Museums Australia National Conference, Sydney, 21-25 May 2015,
For more information and to register visit http://www.ma2015.org.au/

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