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The World Turns Modern: Art Deco From the Nat'l Collection

When:

Mon 14 Oct 2019, 10:00am–5:00pm
Tue 15 Oct 2019, 10:00am–5:00pm
Wed 16 Oct 2019, 10:00am–5:00pm
Thu 17 Oct 2019, 10:00am–5:00pm
Fri 18 Oct 2019, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: Ipswich Art Gallery, Darcy Doyle Pl, Ipswich, Ipswich & West Moreton

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Ipswich Art Gallery

Comprised entirely of works selected from the National Gallery of Australia collection, this exhibition provides superb examples of the diverse expressions of Art Deco.

From around the 1920s, Australian artists responded to the international movement towards modernism and Art Deco. Shaking off the austerity of World War I they created images of an abundant nation filled with strong, youthful figures, capturing the vitalism of a nation reborn. Technological advancements and urbanisation influenced the emergence of Art Deco: a new aesthetic in art, architecture, design and fashion.

With its bold, simplified shapes and emphasis on geometry and line, Art Deco provided the right aesthetic for the times. Buildings lost their decorative embellishments, fashion became less structured and corseted, and women were enjoying greater freedoms, such as the right to vote and to travel unchaperoned. The image of the stylish independent woman became popular in portraiture and graphic design for posters and advertisements. The art also encapsulated the excitement for many people around the potential to travel across continents and internationally.

A National Gallery of Australia Exhibition
This exhibition is supported by the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians.

Images:
Hilda Rix Nicholas, Une Australienne 1926 (detail)
Oil on canvas. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Purchased 2014.
© Bronwyn Wright

Margarete Heymann-Loebenstein, Tea set c.1928 (detail)
glazed earthenware: slip cast.
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Purchased with the assistance of Diana Woollard 1988