5:30pm – Sunday, May 23 on ABC1
Sunday, 23 May 2010 This week Art Nation looks at two major Australian exhibitions.
Fenella Kernebone visits a major retrospective of the work of Rupert Bunny at the National Gallery of Victoria. Bunny was one of the most successful artists of his generation. Living most of his life in France, no other Australian artist has achieved the accolades Bunny received in Paris in the 1890s and 1900s. This visually stunning exhibition, the first since 1991, includes over 100 works from symbolist-inspired mythologies to his elegant Belle Epoque paintings of fashionable Parisian leisure.
Bushfire Australia examines the recurrence of bushfire imagery in the work of Australian artists. The exhibition draws on works from state, public and private collections, as well as contemporary art produced in direct response to the 2009 Victorian fires. The annual looming threat of bushfire has now become ingrained in the Australian psyche, its potential devastation and destruction etched into the memories of all those who have witnessed one.
TarraWarra Museum of Art is an appropriate venue for this exhibition, the fires having come within several hundred metres of the property.
To close the program, indie folk group, TinPan Orange, perform in the Art Nation studio.