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WA Now – Andrew Nicholls – Hyperkulturemia


Thu 14 Mar 2019, 10:00am–5:00pm
Fri 15 Mar 2019, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sat 16 Mar 2019, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sun 17 Mar 2019, 10:00am–5:00pm
Mon 18 Mar 2019, 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

Andrew Nicholls’ WA Now solo exhibition will showcase his recent Hyperkulturemia series for Western Australian audiences. The major focus of his practice for the past five years, Hyperkulturemia is the outcome of a series of residencies in Italy between 2014–2017.

Residencies which allowed Nicholls to retrace the 18th century iteration of The Grand Tour. A rite-of-passage that saw young aristocratic men complete their formal education via journey's to Italy to view the remnants of classical antiquity and the masterpieces of the Renaissance. The Grand Tour laid the foundations of the Neoclassical movement that would dominate Western aesthetics for a century.

The series’ title refers to the medically false condition of ‘Stendhal Syndrome’, allegedly experienced by Tourists overcome by the splendours of high Renaissance art. The exhibition works aim to evoke a similar sense of disruptive corporeality, while reflecting the semi-mythical position that Italy continues to hold in the Western psyche, as a place where reason gives way to sensuality, excessive emotion and desire.

Hyperkulturemia is part of the WA Now exhibition series showcasing leading WA artists.

Image credits - Andrew Nicholls
I Porcellini (self-portrait as Tobias Smollett) 2015-2018 (detail)
large format photograph
dimensions variable
© the artist

Andrew Nicholls
Mangia Gelato (Piazza del Popolo) 2015-2018 (detail)
large format photograph
dimensions variable
© the artist