Past Exhibitions



Treasures of the Jewish Ghetto of Venice

Restored by Venetian Heritage
8 December 2014 - 16 March 2015

In 1943 a number of precious silver and bronze objects dating from the 1700s to early 1900s were hidden from the approaching Nazi armies by two Venetian Jewish religious leaders who never returned from the concentration camps. These valuables, which represent traditional Venetian Jewish silversmithing and bronze-casting methods, were forgotten until they were unearthed during the restoration of the Scuola Spagnola (or Ponentina) in the Venetian ghetto a few years ago, and a selection from this collection are on display at AGWA.

Australian Design: Ten years of the Peter Fogarty Fund

16 August 2014 - 9 March 2015

The Peter Fogarty Design Fund was established by Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation Governor Dr Tim Jeffery to support the acquisition of works by Australian designers and craftspeople not yet represented in the Collection.

Australian Design: ten years of the Peter Fogarty Fund presents the exceptional works purchased from the Fund over the last ten years. It includes jewellery by Mari Funaki, Cinnamon Lee, Helena Bogucki, Sally Marsland, furniture by Jon Goulder, Khai Liew, Dinosaur Designs, Korban/Flaubert, Penelope Forlano, Tomek Archer and Christopher Robins, ceramics by Kirsten Coehlo and Robin Best, glass by Jasper Dowding, stationary and vessels by DANIEL.EMMA, knitted backpacks by Allysha Coghlan, As these names attest, the Peter Fogarty Design Fund has been truly transformative of the Collection, and has formed the heart of all the Gallery’s craft and design acquisitions over the last decade.

new passports, new photography
15 November 2014 - 8 February 2015

new passports, new photography is a celebration of the Gallery’s recent acquisitions of contemporary photography around the theme of portraiture. It brings together over one hundred works – the majority of which are yet to be displayed – that explore how photographers use the camera to reflect, construct and challenge identity.

Screen Space - David Rosetzky's Nothing Like This

13 December 2014 - 1 March 2015

A new work is screened every two months in this dedicated space for AGWA’s growing filmic acquisitions. The space debuts with David Rosetzky’s 2007 work Nothing Like This.

The work is largely set by the ocean and follows the almost dream like interactions of a group of young people. Suffused with greens, yellow and refracted light, the film draws on the stylised look of contemporary advertising modes. A tone of slow melancholy builds as the sound track records the imagined monologues of youthful selfdoubt and questioning. Languor and unease pervade this contemplative evocation of life, while the beauty of the unfolding landscape contrasts with the young players’ personal reflections.





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