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For Love of Country

4 April – 20 July 2015

For Love of Country will mark the Gallery’s contribution to Perth’s commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the First World War and the Australian Gallipoli campaign. Drawn from the State Art Collection, this exhibition presents a compelling mix of historical works from the First and Second World Wars, together with contemporary works that reflect on wider issues and conflicts.

Garden in the Camp of Rottnest Island, 1914

Historical works on paper by such artists as Frank Brangwyn, Will Dyson, Arthur Streeton, Kathe Kollwitz, Paul Nash and Howard Taylor provide poignant evocations of life on the Western Front and in prisoner detention camps. By contrast, contemporary Australian artist, Tom Nicholson’s Comparative Monument (Palestine) (2013), offers an alternative perspective on the Middle East’s arena of war, by documenting the many monuments to the Palestinian campaign that feature in Australian cities and country towns. Lebanese-born, now Sydney-based artist, Khaled Sabsabi, shows the devastating effects of war through a large installation of painted photographs of war-torn landscapes.

The exhibition provides a powerful visual narrative of the many forms of conflict across generations and countries and offers a reflective experience for viewers of war’s grim legacy on people and places.


WHAT'S ON

ANZAC Long Weekend

CREATE YOUR OWN POPPIES ART ACTIVITY | FREE

11am – 3pm, Sat 25 – Mon 27 April

Join together to create poppies from recycled materials in remembrance and honour of those who have fought to protect our freedom. The finished poppies will be collected and displayed as part of a larger art installation in the Gallery over the ANZAC long weekend.

FOR LOVE OF COUNTRY GUIDED TOURS | FREE

11am, 1pm & 2pm, Sat 25 – Mon 27 April

AGWA’s Voluntary Gallery Guides will take you through the exhibition For Love of Country exploring the impact and depiction of war through art since World War I. Discover the stories and experiences behind some of the artworks as we discuss the impact that conflict has had on our community and identity across the centuries.

Guided Tours are approximately 45 minutes long and are suitable for all ages, including children.

School Holidays

Thu 9 - Sat 11 & Thu 16 - Sat 18 April

CREATE YOUR OWN POPPIES ART ACTIVITY | FREE

11am-3pm

FOR LOVE OF COUNTRY GUIDED TOURS | FREE

10.30am

Guided Tours are approximately 45 minutes long and are suitable for all ages, including children.

GUided Tours

Conflict and compassion in art
11am & 1pm, Mondays in April

11am and 1pm, Wed & Sun in May & June
11am & 1pm, Saturdays in July (until 18 July)

ANZAC Day Coin Collection

Keep the Anzac Spirit Alive with the Royal Australian Mint Anzac Day Coin Collection thanks to The Sunday Times. To celebrate The Art Galley of Western Australia’s For Love of Country exhibition, you can collect all 14 coins at the Art Gallery on Sunday, 26 April.


Erich Czech
Garden in the Camp of Rottnest Island, 1914 1914
pen and ink and grey wash with touches of green and red, on card
9.7 x 13 cm (corners rounded)
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Gift of Mr R V Hale, 1978



 

 


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