Art not only has the power to move and inspire us –it can also generate new insights into urgent contemporary concerns like de-colonisation, climate change, identity and representation. 

Shifting ten artworks from our Collection beyond the museum context, 21 x 10provides a new platform for the unique perspectives that artists, academics, and the future generation of thinkers have on the world around us.  

Join us throughout the year for a series of physical and digital programs that will ask you to share ideas, challenge historical narratives, and imagine new futures. 

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Robert Dale, Panoramic view of King George’s Sound, part of the colony of Swan River 1834

 

The 360-degree view presents … the apparently peaceful relations between the uniform-clad soldiers and the Traditional Owners, whose ways of living with their land were being usurped.

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Janet Fieldhouse, Armbands 2012

 

As the artist explains: ‘I see our culture as a contemporary culture, not purely as a traditional culture.’

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Tracey MoffattOther 2009

 

Moffatt demonstrates how these images reveal far more about the culture that produces and consumes them than the people and cultures they claim to portray.

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Noriko Nakamura, Moon totem 2015

 

The artist’s poetic rumination on agricultural cycles sits within a broader interest across her practice in the way that humans live within and as a part of nature rather than separately to it.

Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Untitled figure 12 2016

 

… his distinctive characters act as avatars through which to explore gender and eroticism, religion and popular culture, exoticism and outsider aesthetics.

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Susan Norrie, aftermath 2016

 

In the words of the artist: ‘… there are many indicators and forewarnings that should be changing the ways that we think about the world. It’s as if the elemental forces of nature seem to be demanding this seismic shift from humans.’

Julie Rrap, Transpositions II 1988

 

… she has been consistently committed to exploring the role—and absence of roles—of women in the history of art.

 

Grainger Museum

 

2021 begins a new phase in the complex history of the Grainger Museum at the University of Melbourne.

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Past Exhibitions & Special Projects

Special Project

The Potter at UMSU SummerFest

26 Feb 2020
Special Projects

Google Arts & Culture

exhibition
Performing Textiles
17 Aug 2019 — 25 Aug 2019
Special Projects
Liam Gillick: Some significant equations, 2019
18 Apr 2019 — 2 Jun 2019
Clement Meadmore: The art of mid-century design
installation view, Ian Potter Museum of Art, the University of Melbourne, 2018
Photograph: Christian Capurro
exhibition
Clement Meadmore: The art of mid-century design
20 Nov 2018 — 24 Mar 2019
Athanasius Kircher
Musurgia universalis 1650
vol. 2, Rome: Francisci Corbelletti
Rare Music, Special Collections, Baillieu Library, the University of Melbourne
exhibition
Eavesdropping
24 Jul 2018 — 28 Oct 2018
exhibition
State of the Union
24 Jul 2018 — 28 Oct 2018