To coincide with the 250th Anniversary of Cook’s first voyage to Australia, the Embassy of Sweden in Canberra, together with the Australian National Botanic Gardens presents ‘Paradise Lost: Daniel Solander’s Legacy’.
The exhibition commemorates the legacy of the Swedish botanist Daniel Solander and the first encounter between Sweden and the Pacific Region, New Zealand and Australia.
The ten artists selected each bring a unique vision to this historical event and collectively put flesh to many of Daniel Solander’s facets, not least of which are his scientific credentials in botany, his cross-cultural awareness and his enthusiasm for the preservation of the unique species of the natural world.
Participating artists are, John Pusateri (Auckland), Alexis Neal (Auckland) Dagmar Dyck (Auckland), John McLean (New Plymouth), Tabatha Forbes (New Plymouth), Michel Tuffery (Wellington), Sharnae Beardsley (Christchurch), Jo Ogier (Christchurch), Lynn Taylor (Dunedin) and Jenna Packer (Dunedin).
Paradise Lost has toured New Zealand in 2019 and the Embassy of Sweden together with Solander Gallery in Wellington are delighted to bring the exhibition to Australia in 2020.