TarraWarra Museum of Art

current exhibitions

Patricia Piccinini & Joy Hester
Saturday, 24 November, 2018 to Monday, 11 March, 2019

Patricia Piccinini
Kindred 2018 (detail)
silicone, fibreglass, hair
103 x 95 x 128 cm
The Michael and Janet Buxton Collection, Melbourne
Courtesy the artist, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.

Love and intimacy are the focus of this major exhibition that pairs the work of globally renowned artist Patricia Piccinini with that of important Australian modernist Joy Hester.

Patricia Piccinini and Joy Hester: Through love … will present more than 50 works, including a major new sculpture by Piccinini and rarely-seen works by Hester, that show the incredible spectrum of human and non-human relationships, from romantic love and maternal devotion through to the connections formed between humans and animals, and animate and inanimate objects.

Melbourne-based artist Piccinini is known for her large-scale, life-like sculptures of hybrid forms that often fuse together human and animal characteristics to examine the increasingly blurred boundary between the artificial and natural worlds. Her early practice was profoundly influenced by the work of Hester (1920-60), a member of Melbourne’s ‘Heide circle’ who was acclaimed for highly personal brush and ink drawings that evoked emotional extremes from passion to loneliness.

In a world first, Through love … will exhibit Hester’s ink and paper works as touchstones for Piccinini’s extraordinary sculptures, photography, video works and drawings. Alongside a new work developed especially for TarraWarra Museum of Art, Piccinini will be represented by some of her most important sculptures including The Young Family 2002; Nest 2006; Doubting Thomas 2008; The Lovers 2011; Kindred 2018; and TarraWarra Museum of Art collection work Thicker Than Water 2007.

Through love… will draw upon Hester’s famous series Love 1949, and Lovers 1955-56, which portray intimacy in the form of couples joined together (so much so that their faces often share an eye), including key loans from the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Heide Museum of Modern Art, private collections and seminal works from the Museum’s own collection.

In the lead up to the exhibition, Piccinini’s iconic, infrequently-seen 34m-long hot air balloon Skywhale, originally created for the Centenary of Canberra in 2013, will visit the Yarra Valley and take flight. Further details to be released soon.

Coinciding with TarraWarra Museum of Art’s 15th anniversary, Through love … continues the Museum’s aim of connecting with the history of modernism through the filter of contemporary art. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue and diverse range of public programs. Exhibition admission fees apply: $12.00 Adults; $10.00 Seniors; $8.00 Pensioners and Students; Children 12 and under free.

Through love … is only possible thanks to the generous support of major exhibition partner, The Balnaves Foundation, whose ongoing partnership has enabled TarraWarra Museum of Art to present ambitious summer exhibitions over the past three years.