In July 2019, AGWA presents a major exhibition exploring the abundant beauty of the botanical world and the threats that assail it.
The Botanical: Beauty and Peril draws from the renowned collection of Janet Holmes à Court alongside works from the AGWA Collection to present a vivid, involving and sometimes disturbing journey through the diverse representation by Australian artists of the plant kingdom. From wildflower rooms to bush fire photography, the show both celebrates the natural beauty of landscapes and plants, while raising bracing issues about environmental destruction and the land rights of Australia’s First Peoples. By turns immersive, stimulating, moving and inspiring, the exhibition is sure to spark debate.
Image: Conor O'Brien Bushfire 2004 (detail). Digital print, 3/5, 66.3 x 96.8 cm (image). State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia. Purchased through the Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation: TomorrowFund, 2009.
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