02octAll Day28novFeaturedFrederick McCubbin - Whisperings in wattle boughsGeelong Gallery, 55 Little Malop Street, Geelong, Victoria, 3220Event Location:One hour out +,Geelong-BellarineEvent Type:Art & PerformanceLive Now
Geelong Gallery is celebrating its 125th anniversary with a program of exhibitions highlighting the institution’s significant contribution to the life and culture of the region. The centrepiece exhibition of the
Geelong Gallery is celebrating its 125th anniversary with a program of exhibitions highlighting the institution’s significant contribution to the life and culture of the region. The centrepiece exhibition of the Gallery’s anniversary is Frederick McCubbin—Whisperings in wattle boughs, opening on 2 October.
This exceptional exhibition celebrates the first major work to enter the Gallery collection in 1900: Frederick McCubbin’s ‘A bush burial’ (1890). Made possible through public subscription, this acquisition and moment in the institution’s history is marked by bringing ‘A bush burial’ into dialogue with a tightly focussed selection of other iconic McCubbin works in which he elaborates and redefines the Australian bush and the human subjects within it.
Frederick McCubbin—Whisperings in wattle boughs brings together McCubbin’s key ‘pioneer’ subjects and additional paintings that elaborate the artist’s unending fascination with the colour and nature of the bush, sourced from national and state institutions, regional Victorian galleries and private collections. This in-focus exhibition will also include portraits by McCubbin of some of the subjects—often family and friends—that populate his enduring great narrative pictures.
The exhibition title acknowledges the inspiration McCubbin took from the poetry of Adam Lindsay Gordon, the unique beauty of the Australian bush and the rich stories that emerge from it (in the suggestive form of whisperings).
This exceptional exhibition can be seen from Saturday, 2 October to Sunday, 28 November 2021. Head here to book your tickets.
Main Image: Frederick McCubbin A bush burial 1890 oil on canvas Geelong Gallery Purchased by public subscription, 1900 Photographer: Andrew Curtis Image 2: Frederick McCubbin Down on his luck 1889 oil on canvas Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth State Art Collection Purchased 1896 Image 3: Frederick McCubbin Lost 1886 oil on canvas National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Felton Bequest, 1940 Photo: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Image 4: Frederick McCubbin Portrait 1893 oil on canvas on plywood National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Gift of Mr Hugh McCubbin, 1960 Photo: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Image 5: Frederick McCubbin The pioneer 1904 oil on canvas National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Felton Bequest, 1906 Photo: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
October 2 (Saturday) - November 28 (Sunday)
55 Little Malop Street, Geelong, Victoria, 3220