Opening soon: Monash Uni's new art museum - Art Collector

Artist's impression of Callum Morton's Silverscreen, which will sit propped between two buildings on Dandenong Road. Courtesy: the artist and Monash University Museum of Art.

11 October 2010 | Melbourne’s Monash University will shortly unveil its brand new Museum of Art with an exhibition titled Change drawn from the university’s collection.

Known as MUMA, the museum occupies a new site at the centre of the university’s art & design precinct on the Caulfield campus. It features a suite of new gallery spaces, as well as a landscaped sculpture court and an education space.

Another key feature is Callum Morton’s sculptural piece
Silverscreen, a major commission made possible through the support of Marc and Eva Besen. Part architecture, part sculpture, part screen, billboard and scaffold, Silverscreen is inspired by the drive-in cinema, a modern technology related to economies of entertainment and spectacle.

For MUMA director Max Delany, who has been with the museum since 2004 and who played a major role in shepherding the development, the move offers the chance to transform the university art gallery “into a museum of contemporary art of national significance”.

The museum will now host an expanded program of exhibitions, special projects, education and public programs as well as exhibitions from the Monash University collection, which includes over 1,800 works spanning five decades of contemporary Australian art.

The inaugural exhibition Change, which features artists including John Brack, Tracey Moffatt, Lydia Galbal Gjinabalyi and Gareth Sansom among others, opens on 27 October and continues through to 18 December 2010.

Jane O'Sullivan

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