Symposium, NGV International

Scientific perspectives and the landscapes of Eugene von Guérard

To coincide with the major exhibition Eugene von Guérard: Nature Revealed.

Reflecting von Guérard’s own engagement with the sciences, this symposium will bring together a range of specialists from different disciplines to discuss von Guérard and the Australian landscape. Specialists in the earth sciences, science historians as well as art historians will present a fascinating array of papers. New material about the artist will also be presented.

Registation from 9.15am

10am Reflections of von Guérard, his patrons and the art market, Dr Gerard Vaughan, Director, NGV

10.20am Eugene von Guérard and the future of landscape painting, Ruth Pullin, Guest Curator, NGV

10.50am Science, art and Humboldtian ambitions in mid-19th-century Australia, Rod Home, Professor Emeritus, History and Philosophy of Science, The University of Melbourne

11.20am Morning tea

11.50am Truth to nature: Understanding the scientific precision in Eugene von Guérard’s artistic practise, Michael Varcoe-Cocks, Conservator of Paintings 1850-1950, NGV

12.20pm Art, science and place, Professor Tim Bonyhady, Director, Centre for Climate Law and Policy, ANU

12.50pm Von Guérard’s volcanic landscapes: their significance for modern-day environmental research, William (Bill) D. Birch, Senior Curator, Geology, Museum Victoria

Date: Sat 30 Apr, 10am-1.30pm

Venue: NGV International 180 St Kilda Road, Clemenger BBDO Auditorium (enter north entrance, via Arts centre forecourt)

Cost: $45 Adult / $40 NGV Member / $42 Concession (includes morning tea, bookings essential)

Information & bookings: Ph +61 3 8662 1555, 10am-5pm daily – Event CodeP1170