Museum of Brisbane has teamed up with David Malouf and five eminent contemporary artists to pay homage to one of Australia’s most treasured authors in his 80th year to create a new exhibition.
For David Malouf and friends, artists Bruce Reynolds, Noel McKenna, Karla Marchesi, Anna Carey and Camille Serisier will create works based on Mr Malouf’s quintessentially Australian writings, which the famed author will respond to in writing.
The exhibition, which opens on 6 May, will feature illustrations, paintings, photography, multimedia works and installations that explore Mr Malouf’s life and writings, focusing on key moments from his time growing up in Brisbane.
The artists have investigated themes including Australian motifs, Queensland’s tropical climate and architecture, Mr Malouf’s family holidays at Scarborough and his involvement in the arts.
Originally from Brisbane, Mr Malouf has lived and worked in England, Italy and Sydney where he has written prolifically since the 1970s. His award-winning works include nine novels, five non-fiction books, and several collections of poems, short stories and essays.
The exhibition will also feature family photos, theatre programs, personal letters and postcards from Mr Malouf’s extraordinary life.
Museum of Brisbane Director Peter Denham said it was a massive feat to have initiated a creative dialogue between one of Australia’s best loved authors and each of the artists.
“Generations of Australians have grown up enjoying David’s books, essays and poems so it is a privilege to have him on board for our latest exhibition that will pay homage to his incredible contribution to Australian culture,” Mr Denham said.
“This is a unique interdisciplinary collaboration between David, a national icon in Australian literature, and five renowned Australian artists, so it is a significant accomplishment for the Museum and one we think all Australians will appreciate.”
David Malouf and friends will run until 26 October 2014. For more information visit www.museumofbrisbane.com.au.
Museum of Brisbane is open daily from 10am to 5pm on Level 3 of Brisbane City Hall. Free entry.
Public Programs: Events, Tours & Talks
A substantial program of free events will accompany the exhibition, including artist talks, workshops, panel discussions, teacher viewings and appearances from David Malouf himself.
2pm Sun 18 May 2014
In Conversation with David Malouf and ABC TV presenter Karina Carvalho
2pm Sun 27 Jul 2014
Panel discussion: Exploring David Malouf and friends
2pm Sun 17 Aug 2014
Panel discussion: Malouf’s Brisbane with ABC presenter Tim Cox