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New Histories

13 April – 29 July 2018

In New Histories contemporary artists reimagine ten historic works from the 19th and early 20th century Australian and European collection of Bendigo Art Gallery. Informed by technological, social, environmental, political and historical events that have occurred since the original work’s creation, artists in the exhibition revisit interpretations of Australian and European histories through the lens of contemporary culture.

Working across mediums of performance, sound, film, painting and textiles, historic and contemporary artworks will be reframed in a series of installations throughout the contemporary and heritage courts of the Gallery. New Histories challenges the nature of art as historic record and the role of the artist and the museum as documenter, and commentator of the world.

Denis Chapman
Seecum Cheung, Maike Hemmers, Pilar Mata Dupont, Isabelle Sully, and Flora Woudstra
Gabrielle de Vietri
FAMILY FIRST! (Devon Ackermann & Paul Yore)
Juan Ford
Andrew Goodman
Bridie Lunney
Phuong Ngo
Jacques Soddell
Christian Thompson

Jessica Bridgfoot


Public Program

Bridie Lunney
Always Radiant

Always Radiant will feature durational performances by Lily Paskis
Saturday May 5 10.30am – 12.30pm
Wed July 4 10.30am – 12.30pm as well as an artist talk by Bridie Lunney presented as part of a free day of artist forums with Latrobe Art Institute.



Gabrielle de Vietri
Letters to the Living

Letters read by contributors will be broadcast on ABC Radio Central Victoria for the duration of the exhibition.



Image: Edward Hopley, A Primrose from England (detail) c 1855, oil on canvas, Gift of Mr & Mrs Leonard V Lansell 1964 Collection of Bendigo Art Gallery