Cultural Collections

Current Exhibitions

Epilepsy: Perception, Imagination and Change

Medical History Museum, 16 April - 20 September 2014

Attitudes to epilepsy provide an excellent perspective on the collision between magic and science, the earliest records attempting to distinguish between disease and demonic possession. This interpretation of the origin of seizures has influenced significantly the management of the illness over the ages, and continues to inform popular conceptions. This exhibition brings together past and present attitudes to epilepsy examining impact on individuals, families and communities. 2014 is the fiftieth Anniversary of the Epilepsy Foundation of Victoria.


Radicals, slayers and villains

Noel Shaw Gallery, Baillieu Library 31 March - 3 August 2014

Radicals, slayers and villains will be a major attraction at the University's biennial Cultural Treasures Festival in July 2014. It is on display in the Noel Shaw Gallery, Baillieu Library until 3 August 2014. The exhibition will then travel to Art Gallery of Ballarat, Hamilton Art Gallery and Latrobe Regional Gallery.

Radicals, slayers and villains shows controversial figures from history that have challenged the status-quo and helped shape our world. The striking imagery of these works is captured by seminal artists including Dürer, Goya and Rembrandt. The artists in the exhibition have been instrumental in the development of Western art and the universal theme of the individual and his or her role in society is illustrated through these extraordinarily powerful works. The exhibition has wide appeal through its representation of themes, such as the place and role of the individual in society, the depiction of the human figure, the impact of violence, and death. The often violent imagery depicted in the 'slayers' component of the exhibition presented great appeal to artists working from the Renaissance onwards, and inherent in these images is their capacity to shock and inspire awe in contemporary audiences with their lethal armoury of brutal and savage capabilities. The depiction of the human figure is equally arresting in the group of works categorised as 'villains', which shows supernatural skeletons bringing death, hybrid fiends, demons, criminals and evil animals all conspiring to throw our existence into turmoil.


Current Exhibitions at the Ian Potter Museum of Art

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