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Sacred and Profane

When:

Thu 18 Aug 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm
Fri 19 Aug 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sat 20 Aug 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sun 21 Aug 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm
Mon 22 Aug 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth Cultural Centre, Perth CBD, Western Australia

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Art Gallery of WA

Three large-scale works by renowned international artists.

This majestic display of three international large-scale works sees Public Notice 2 2007 by Jitish Kallat installed along the entire length of a gallery wall. For Kallat, this 58 metre version of Ghandi’s famous 1930s speech is a resurrection of Ghandi’s words in anticipation of finding new meaning within them, for our current troubled times.

Alongside Kallat’s work is Chinese Bible 2009 by Chinese artist Yang Zhichao. Over 3,000 diaries and notebooks created during the first five decades of communism tell the personal stories of day-to-day life under an oppressive regime.

These works are also partnered with AGWA’s significant acquisition, The sacred and the profane 1998 by Indian artist Nalini Malani. One of the Collection icons, it is composed of four gently rotating cylinders illustrated with fluid, lyrical paintings that evoke aspects of Indian myth and belief. These are illuminated by three lights that project the figures onto the wall, turning the room into an evolving drawing in colour, light and shadow.

The three international works weave together the detailed and personal, the sacred and profane, into breathtaking pieces that inspire immediate awe through their sheer scale.

Image credit - Nalini Malani The sacred and the profane 1998. Synthetic polymer paint on Mylar, steel, nylon cord, electric motors, lights and hardware, 300 x 500 x 1100 cm (overall installation). State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia. Purchased 2001.