After Dark: Nocturnes from the Heide Collection

Exhibition and Shows

20 Mar 2018 to 26 Aug 2018

This exhibition takes its inspiration from Albert Tucker’s night images, the earliest of which recorded the mysterious lighting effects of Melbourne’s wartime ‘brown-out’ in the 1940s and the clandestine activities that Tucker witnessed after dark on the city’s shadowy streets.

It includes modern and contemporary works which reveal a varied range of conceptual and aesthetic possibilities within the nocturne theme: from Tucker’s surreal encounters on lamp-lit streets to Charles Blackman’s poetic reflections of moonlight on water, and Peter Booth’s sublime apocalyptic visions. Darkness, often pierced by light, is used in many of the works as a metaphor for diverse aspects of the human condition—including fear, loneliness, solitude, serenity and wonder.

The works in After Dark: Nocturnes from the Heide Collection range in style, mood and intent and are rich in interpretative potential. Some reveal hidden lives behind dark corners, others evoke nostalgia and longing, a few remind us of our nightmares, and others compel us to dream.

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