11 Jan 2018 to 29 Jul 2018
The National Picture exhibition examines one of the most remarkable and contentious expressions of Australian colonial art. It will shine a light on two enthralling yet under-examined figures in Australian history: colonial artist Benjamin Duterrau and the ‘Conciliator’ George Augustus Robinson. Drawing key loans from national and international collections, including for the first time ever all seven known ‘proclamation boards’.
The National Picture exhibition presents work of colonial artists from the declaration of martial law in Van Diemen’s Land in 1828 and the beginnings of George Augustus Robinson’s ill-fated ‘Friendly Mission’ through to Duterrau’s death in 1851.
The exhibition will also include a group of works dating from the 1920s to the present day that reference and respond to the many confronting issues that continue to arise from Tasmania’s complex past.
Curated by Professor Tim Bonyhady, working in partnership with Dr Greg Lehman, The National Picture embodies the NGA’s ongoing commitment to using its impressive resources to contribute insightfully to Australia’s evolving national narrative.
On show at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra until 29 July