Monash University Museum of Art Reopens with Launch Exhibition ‘Change’

Kerstin Thomspon Architects 'MUMA 2010', photo: Trevor Mein.

The Monash Museum of Art has unveiled their new home with an exhibition entitled Change (27 October – 18 December). The new site is at Monash University’s Caulfield campus and includes a range of gallery spaces, a sculpture court, a public sculpture by Callum Morton, and a series of  ‘distinctive threshold spaces’ including the camopy, spine and light-well.

The museum was designed by Kerstin Thompson Architects. The new design provides increased gallery space and will allow the museum to present an expanded program of exhibitions, special projects, education and public programs, as well as displaying works from the Monash University collection, which includes over 1800 works.

The launch exhibition showcases this collection with works from the 1960s to the present day. Artist’s represented include John Brack, Charles Blackman, John Perceval, Gareth Sansom, Howard ArkleyTracey Moffat, Juan Davila, Mike Parr, Susan Norrie, Lydia Galbal Gijnabalyi, Daniel von Sturmer, Raquel Ormella, and many others.

The exhibition was inspired by – and draws it’s title from – a neon work by the late Blair Trethowan. Museum DirectorMax Delany says that “Change challenges us – to change our minds, our thinking, our behaviour, our ways of being, ourselves. This appeal to our senses is amongst the most vital roles contemporary art can play, and a guiding principal of the Monash University Collection since its establishment in 1961.”

The opening also coincides with the construction of Callum Morton’s Silverscreen, The Marc and Eva Besen Commission, a major, architecturally integrated public sculpture by one of Australia’s leading artists.