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On the Beach – An MPRG exhibition

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On the Beach considers the place of the beach within Australian life by bringing together paintings and photographs by some of Australia’s acclaimed Modernists with works by contemporary artists. The exhibition considers the ways in which people relate to the beach, its place in understandings of national identity and its history as a contested site.


On the Beach features works by Arthur Boyd, Gordon Bennett, Daniel Boyd, Max Dupain, Charles Meere, Tracey Moffatt, David Moore, Sidney Nolan, Polixeni Papapetrou, John Perceval, Scott Redford, Jeffrey Smart, Albert Tucker, Guan Wei and Anne Zahalka. 


The exhibition also features a series of photographs by George Caddy showing the lost art of beachobatics. From 1936 to 1941 a group of acrobatic men and women from a gymnastic club would gather on Bondi Beach wearing the most daring costumes of the day, and form their sun-tanned bodies into complex human pyramids. On Thursday 18 February Paul Caddy will talk about how he discovered a box of his father’s photographs that have become legendary images.


On Sunday 28 February three fascinating artists featured in On the beach will join us for our After Noon series of artist talks, including award-winning painter and printmaker Terry Matassoni, renowned photographer Polixeni Papapetrou and Mornington Peninsula figurative expressionist painter John Anderson. Enjoy wine and nibbles in the Gallery café. 


During summer, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery has a great line-up of school holidays activities for children of all ages. Drop in any time during the exhibition to contribute to our fabulous On the beach community creation. MPRG is also running January school holiday workshops for 8–16 year olds and is hosting the National Gallery of Victoria kids on tour program. Children can enjoy activities for the Andy Warhol, Ai Weiwei and Hermannsburg Potters exhibitions, 16–26 January. to find out what is happening, when!



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