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Pacific artworks on display for first time

In Uncategorized on November 18, 2007 at 9:49 am

Posted Wed Jul 18, 2007 1:29pm AEST

A new permanent display of art from the Pacific region opens today at the National Gallery of Australia, with most of the works appearing publicly for the first time.

Gallery director Ron Radford says the collection is drawn from countries such as Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu.

“We’re very much giving priority to Australian art, to South East Asian art and Indian art, and our own Pacific art,” he said.

“These are our strengths.”

“These complement what’s not being emphasised in the state galleries.”

The gallery’s curator of Pacific art, Crispin Howarth, says his hardest job was choosing 40 items from several thousand in the vaults.

“That was the delicious thing,” he said.

“I had the choice of so many beautiful objects which were just lying dormant, just waiting to speak.

“Some objects do communicate, have a beautiful visual force and vibrancy, so it was a very tough choice.

“I did spend quite a while enjoying looking at so many works.”…


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