Catalogues

PDF versions of our past exhibition catalogues and out of print collection catalogues are arranged alphabetically for download below.

Our current print catalogues, books and other scholarly publications are available for sale in our galleries and online via our abebooks.com bookstore.

 

 

 

 

Atelier Paris

 

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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Actors Athletes and Academics

 

This exhibition presents Greek material from the Nicholson Museum collection in a new light. It abandons the art historical approach of previous exhibitions, and embraces an approach that combines the cultural history of Greece, archaeology and writings by classical authors.

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Astronomy in Antiquity 

 

Ancient people looked to the skies to make sense of the world. The exhibition included information and objects from Ancient Britain, Australian Aboriginal, Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Persian cultures and highlighted how our interaction with the heavens has changed markedly since ancient times.

 

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Beuys

 

 

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'.

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 Collecting Pasions: Roddy Meagher

 

 

 

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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 Faces of Power

 

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

 

The exhibition FREEDOM RIDERS: Art and activism 1960s to now takes the portrait of Dr Charles Perkins by Aboriginal artist Robert Campbell Jnr as its starting point. Today both the artist and his subject are acknowledged as pioneers in exposing the harsh social and political realities of 1960s NSW.

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 Japan in Sydney

 

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.

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

 

 

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

 

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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 People, Power & Politics

 

 

 

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.

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Poesia Visiva

 

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. 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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Rational order: Linnaeus

 

 

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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Sigmund Freud

 

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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Tombs Tells and Temples: Excavating the Near East

 

The cities and civilisations of the Ancient Near East flourished on the Levantine Coast, in Anatolia, along the great river systems of Mesopotamia and as far as India and Pakistan. This exhibtion explores the different cultures, cities and the people who discovered them.

 

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

 

 

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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