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21 October 2017
Today
Until 28 Jan
Romancing the Skull
Art Gallery of Ballarat
14 Oct 2017 – 28 Jan 2018
Romancing the Skull

Rona Green, Sergey, 2008. Linocut and intaglio, 76 x 56 cm, courtesy Rona Green and Australian Galleries.

Works from MADA Senior Lecturer Dr Michael Vale, PhD candidate Kate Beynon, Master of Fine Art graduate Rona Green, and others have been selected for exhibition in Romancing the Skull – a look at the depiction of the skull in art and examines why we continue to be so enamoured with this iconic symbol.

Exhibition: 14 October 2017 – 28 January 2018

Art Gallery of Ballarat
40 Lydiard St North
Ballarat VIC 3350
https://artgalleryofballarat.com.au/gallery_exhibitions/romancing-the-skull/


The exhibition explores a range of themes including the skull as a reminder of our mortality, the use of the skull in addressing social and political issues, and the skull and crossbones as a symbol of piracy and rebellion.

Romancing the skull will also look at the way in which the skull has been embraced as an important symbol in Mexican Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations. Prints by Mexican artists José Guadalupe Posada (1852–1913) have become synonymous with Day of the Dead and his Calaveras (skull figures) are now firmly embedded in Mexican popular culture. More than twenty of his iconic prints will be introduced to Australian audiences for the first time.

Other highlights of the exhibition include a Nuremberg Chronicle dating from 1493 depicting one of the earliest Danse Macabre (Dance of Death) images, and Australian artist Shaun Gladwell’s Virtual Reality work Orbital Vanitas 2016, which debuted at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. It will also include works by contemporary Australian artists Sam Jinks, Rona Green and Ben Quilty and specially commissioned works by Fiona Hall, Reko Rennie and Sally Smart.

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