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Friends of MAG&M and Volunteers’ Preview: Lost in Palm Springs, Collection 100: Gifted & Surface Effect

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Friends of MAG&M and MAG&M volunteers are invited to join us for a curator-led preview of the three new exhibitions.

Lost in Palm Springs is an interdisciplinary exhibition bringing together 14 creative minds – including internationally recognised artists, photographers and thinkers from America and Australia – who respond to, capture, or reimagine the magical qualities of the landscape and the celebrated mid-century modern architecture found in the desert city. Connections between Palm Springs and Australia are remarkably strong, particularly when viewed through the lens of the current renaissance of interest in modernist architecture. Place and home, desert atmospheres, landscapes (real and imagined), and Bauhaus sensibilities inform the works.

2024 marks 100 years of public collecting at MAG&M. To celebrate, we are presenting a series of three focus exhibitions throughout the year. Collection 100: Gifted is the first in the series. The exhibition will celebrate the philanthropists, artists, donors and member groups whose generosity and foresight has grown an impressive art collection that holds 100 years of stories about the cultural life of our region, city, state and nation.

Surface Effect: MAG&M Ceramics Collection Stories

For this exhibition in the Cove Gallery, works have been selected from the MAG&M collection in which the connections between painting, printmaking and ceramics are made visible. Danie Mellor and Noel McKenna have hand-moulded and glazed their clay pieces and created the drawing and paintings on display. Printmakers Belinda Fox and Elisabeth Cummings have collaborated with Neville French and Barbara Rommalis respectively, and Guan Wei has commissioned the large vase upon which he has applied his hand-drawn painting with glaze.

Image detail: Tom Roberts (1856-1931), Christmas Flowers and Christmas Belles (The fowersellers), 1895-99, oil on canvas, 53 x 38cm. MAG&M Collection. Gift of Colonel Alfred Spain 1940

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