University of Melbourne Duldig Lecture – Sculpture and the Museum: From Fortunate Son to Runaway Child

Dr Christopher Marshall will give this year’s Annual Duldig Lecture on Sculpture, titled:

Sculpture and the Museum: From Fortunate Son to Runaway Child

6.15-7.15pm Thursday 1 September, 2016

Forum Theatre, Arts West, University of Melbourne

In 2005, the Director of the National Gallery, London, signalled the long-standing eclipse of sculpture in favour of painting when he noted that “sculpture is what you fall over when you step back from the paintings”. The expanded field of contemporary sculptural practice, including installations, conceptual art and commissioned artist interventions, has nonetheless re-energised and revitalised the potential of sculpture to engage with the historical, institutional and even commercial dimensions of the museum.

This lecture will consider the long and complex development from the Renaissance to today with a particular focus on the key role played by sculpture in communicating powerful ideas and associations when placed in dynamic museum exhibition environments.

Presented by Dr Christopher R. Marshall, Senior Lecturer, Art History and Museum Studies, Faculty of Arts, presents the Annual Duldig Lecture of Sculpture. Introduced by Ken Scarlett OAM, Writer and Curator.

Inaugurated in 1986 the Annual Duldig Lecture on Sculpture commemorates the life and work of the artists Karl Duldig and Slawa Duldig (nee Horowitz). This lecture is supported by the Duldig Studio, museum + sculpture garden.

Image: Interior view, Gipsoteca canoviano, Possagno (Treviso)


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