Catalogues

PDF versions of catalogues produced for past exhibitions are available for download below.

Atelier Paris

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In 1967 the Power Institute acquired a studio from the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, in the new complex of residences for artists and musicians on the right bank of the Seine in the Marais. Since then the Power Institute has offered generations of Australian artists and writers the opportunity to work for up to six months in the heart of Paris.

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Beuys

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Joseph Beuys' fascination with medicine, science, myth and history forms the basis of his diverse body of work. His Energy Plan for the Western Man was described by the critic and photographer Werner Krüger as 'the transformation of Beuysean aesthetic-artistic creativity, his cosmos of ideas, his plastic imagery into photography'.

The exhibition focused on the relations between Beuys and Krüger who documented many of his installations and performances. Krüger also played a key role as both a friend and advisor to Elwyn Lynn, curator of the Power Collection.

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Faces of Power

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Using coins from the Nicholson Museum's extensive but little-seen collection, this exhibition traced the history of the imperial families of ancient Rome.

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Freedom Riders

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The starting point for the exhibition FREEDOM RIDERS: Art and activism 1960s to now was a major portrait, Charlie Perkins, 1986, by Aboriginal artist Robert Campbell Jnr in the University Union Art collection.

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Japan in Sydney

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This exhibition featured the University's extensive collection of Japanese pre-WWII modernist prints, purchased from the Dr M J Morrissey Bequest in memory of Professor Sadler. These prints were juxtaposed alongside a selection of works by prominent Australian artists of the same period.



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Jeffrey Smart 1921-2013: Recondita Armonia – Strange Harmonies of Contrast

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This very personal exhibition curated by David Malouf demonstrated the ways in which Jeffrey Smart transforms the made objects of urban landscape – roads, traffic signs, unit-blocks – into visual poetry, into memorable images that reveal to us the strange harmony of contrasts, 'Recondita Armonia' of the world around us.

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Jeffrey Smart: Unspoken

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Drawing on the University’s rich collection of Smart works, the University Art Gallery’s Jeffrey Smart: Unspoken explored the striking but deceptive simplicity of the artist’s style and probes some of the artist’s cherished themes.

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Kent State

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Kent State: Four Decades Later featured British pop artist Richard Hamilton's seminal 1970 screen print Kent State. The print captures the moment on May 4, 1970 when the US national guard opened fire on unarmed students during an anti-Vietnam War protest, killing four and wounding nine others.

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Rational order: Linnaeus

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A celebration of the Kingdom Animalia and Linnaeus's ordering of it.
Today – when half of the world’s plants and animals are facing extinction – the work of naming flora and fauna through Linnaeus’ system continues across the globe. This exhibition celebrates his legacy and investigates the spectacular diversity in the kingdom Animalia.

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People, Power & Politics

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Using images and objects taken by the first wave of anthropologists in the cultures they visited, this exhibition focuses on the Department in its early years when its members went into Australian Aboriginal and Pacific Islander communities to investigate and test the latest theories and methods of modern anthropology. No longer bound by 'armchair' theories, these men and women divided their time between their work as leaders in anthropological sciences and as initially ignorant, if powerful, recorders of other worldviews.

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Poesia Visiva

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Throughout the sixties and seventies, Concrete and Visual Poetry were one of the most active and radical movements in the visual arts. Treating the poem as an object, artists combined language and pictorial elements to create compelling works of art. In Italy it also became an effective medium to portray political concerns. Using works from the University Art Collection, this exhibition showcased the medium's key techniques such as the use of collage, the typewriter, mass media and popular culture.

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Collecting Passions: Roddy Meagher

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Behind Roddy Meagher’s illustrious legal career is a gentle connoisseur, passionate for the visual arts, who has spent his adult life collecting since studying arts at the University of Sydney. His purpose is now to pass on his passion through the splendid collection he has long nutured.

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Sigmund Freud

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An exhibition of Egyptian, Greek, Italian, and Chinese antiquities from the private collection of Sigmund Freud – together with photographs taken in 1938 by Edmund Engelman; home movies of her father taken by his daughter, Anna; and a recreation of the famous couch and desk.



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Vibration Vibração, Vibración: Latin American kinetic art of the 1960s and 70s

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The exhibition was comprised of twelve South American artworks, most of which were acquired by Gordon Thomson for the Power Collection when he was Curator of the Power Gallery of Contemporary Art at Sydney University in 1967. Thanks to Thomson’s broad and innovative collection practice, there are more South American kinetic works in the Power Collection than anywhere else in the country. Well known artists, such as Julio Le Parc and Lucio Fontana, were presented alongside other artists from Argentina, Venezuela and Brazil.

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