Category Archives: exhibition

Magna Carta Panels at the NZ Historical Association Conference

The New Zealand Historical Association (NZHA) will hold a series of panels on Magna Carta at their conference 2-4 December at the University of Canterbury. The call for paper proposals deadline was June 15th.

There will be an exhibition of the University of Canterbury copy of the Magna Carta to coincide with the conference. Plans are well advanced for a postgraduate symposium to be held on 1 December. There are also plans for a ‘mock trial’ of King John’s barons to take place during the conference and a re-enactment of the signing by the society for creative anachronism.

The Mana of the Magna Carta Exhibition

‘The Mana of the Magna Carta: The New Zealand Experience of a Medieval Legacy’
Matariki Building, University of Canterbury
1-6 December, 2015

An exhibition on Magna Carta that will include the oldest copy in New Zealand. The exhibition is entitled ‘Mana’ which is a Te Reo term indicating spiritual authority. Chris Jones and Thandiwe Parker are curating this exhibition. There is no website but you’ll find an exhibition poster and pamphlet below:

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Exhibition of Interest @ Auckland Art Gallery: Indian Miniatures from the National Museum, New Delhi

The Story of Rama: Indian Miniatures from the National Museum, New Delhi
Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

5 September, 2015 –  17 January, 2006
10:00am – 5:00pm Daily


The Ramayana, or the journey of Rama, is one of the world’s great epics. Follow this tale of love, loyalty, betrayal and the victory of good over evil depicted in exquisite detail in 101 Indian miniature paintings.

See Rama, the story’s hero, who is admired for his honour, valour and compassion. Discover how he wins his bride, loses his wife and the title to his kingdom, and narrowly escapes with his life before regaining all that was taken from him.

Revealing the rich diversity of regional painting styles between the early 17th and mid-19th centuries in India, Ramayana is at once an alluring narrative and the story of an artistic mode of expression.

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Exhibition of Interest @ Art Gallery of Western Australia: Treasure Ships: Art in the Age of Spices

Treasure Ships: Art in the Age of Spices
The Art Gallery of Western Australia
10 October, 2015 – 31 January, 2016

Ticket Prices:

  • Adult – $15
  • Concession / Friends – $12
  • Family – $35 (2 adults and up to 3 children aged 5–12)
  • Student – $10 (13 years and over)
  • Child – $5 (5–12 years)
  • Child – Free (0–4 years)
  • Adult Group – $12 (8 or more)
  • Concession Group – $10 (8 or more)

A highlight for the Art Gallery of Western Australia is the much-anticipated Treasure Ships: Art in the Age of Spices. This is the first exhibition in Australia to present the complex artistic and cultural interactions between the East and the West from the 1500s to the 1800s – a period known as the ‘Age of Spices.’

Demand for spices spurred on the great voyages of exploration and the establishment of vast empires across Asia. Treasure Ships presents the stories of the spice markets, slave trade and shipwrecks, as well as illustrating the astonishing beauty of Chinese porcelain, known as ‘white gold’ and celebrating vibrant Indian textiles created for export around the world.

This exhibition includes 250 outstanding and rarely-seen examples of ceramics, decorative arts, furniture, maps, metalware, paintings, prints and textiles from public and private collections in Australia, India, Portugal, Singapore and the United States. A highlight of the exhibition is the shipwreck artefacts retrieved from the Batavia and the Gilt Dragon, which sank off the Western Australian coast in the seventeenth century.

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Uni of Melbourne, Ian Potter Museum – Rothschild Prayer Book: Exhibition and Free Public Lectures

An Illumination: the Rothschild Prayer Book & other works from the Kerry Stokes Collection c.1280-1685
The Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne
28 Aug-15 Nov 2015

Opening hours
Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5pm
Saturday and Sunday 12 noon to 5pm
Monday closed


An Illumination: the Rothschild Prayer Book & other works from the Kerry Stokes Collection c.1280-1685 provides an opportunity for Australian audiences to view this specific aspect of the Kerry Stokes Collection for the first time. While Mr Stokes has assiduously built his private collection for over forty years, many of the works included in this exhibition, such as the luminous examples of medieval stained glass, the representation of gilt and polychrome medieval sculpture and the Pieter Brueghel the Younger painting Calvary (1615), reflect an acquisitions program stimulated by the purchase of the extraordinary Rothschild Prayer Book (c.1505-1510) in early 2014.

The Rothschild Prayer Book is a masterpiece of Flemish Renaissance art. One of the finest illuminated manuscripts in private hands, this jewel-like Book of Hours originated in Ghent in the southern Netherlands, and contains lavish illustrations by recognised hands, including some of the most renowned illuminators of their day.

The Kerry Stokes Collection contains many pieces that date from the time of the Enlightenment, and a number of items that were created from the period that witnessed the inception of the book and the cultural evolution that followed. Along with the Rothschild Prayer Book, An Illumination contains 40 other manuscripts and decorated incunabula (books, pamphlets or other documents that are printed, and not handwritten) and a selection of over 20 paintings and sculptures; encompassing portraits, devotional panels, crafted furniture and stained-glass sequences. As such, the exhibition provides an invaluable context for the development, creation and use of its centerpiece, the Rothschild Prayer Book, while providing a multi-layered experience of the late Medieval and Renaissance period through a selection of significant religious and secular objects and art works.

To accompany the exhibition the University of Melbourne is offering a series of free public lecturers and floor talks that will bring to life many of the extraordinary items on display. For more details please visit:

Exhibition of Interest @ Queensland Museum: Medieval Power: Symbols & Splendour

Medieval Power: Symbols & Splendour
Queensland Museum

Dates: 11 December 2015 – 10 April 2016
Cost: Adults: $22; Concession: $19; Children (3-15 years): $12; Family (2A + 2C): $59; Groups (10+): $18; Schools: $10

The might of Medieval Europe will storm the walls of Queensland Museum later this year, in an exclusive exhibition from the British Museum, Medieval Power: Symbols & Splendour.

In a coup for Queensland, the Queensland Museum will be the first museum in the world and only one in Australia and New Zealand to host this incredible new exhibition curated by the British Museum.

Spanning the period AD 400 to 1500, Medieval Power explores a time when many of the countries and cultures of modern Europe were formed.

Be amazed by the precious gold, jewellery, seals, sculptures, stained glass and many other symbols of courtly life alongside tools of war, objects of religious significance and humble items from everyday life dating back to AD 400.

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NGV Melbourne – Exhibition of Interest

Masterpieces from the Hermitage: The Legacy of Catherine the Great
NGV International, Melbourne
31 July– 8 November 2015
Open 10:0am–5:0pm daily

Masterpieces from the Hermitage: The Legacy of Catherine the Great showcases one of the world’s greatest art collections. Featuring works by artists including Rembrandt, Rubens, Velázquez and Van Dyck, the exhibition offers over 500 outstanding works including the finest group of Dutch and Flemish art to come to Australia.

This exclusive Melbourne exhibition will also highlight the innovation and vision of Catherine the Great, whose inexhaustible passion for education, the arts and culture heralded a period of enlightenment in the region. The extraordinary works sourced and commissioned by Catherine during her 34-year reign, created the foundations for the Hermitage today – considered to be one of the world’s greatest treasure houses of art and decorative arts.

The exhibition will offer audiences an immersive experience, recreating the rich atmosphere of the Hermitage to showcase these exquisite works.

National Gallery of Australia – Exhibition of Interest

The Story of Rama
Indian Miniatures from the National Museum, New Delhi

22 May–23 August 2015
Orde Poynton Gallery, National Gallery of Australia

A tale of love, loyalty, betrayal and the victory of good over evil, the Ramayana is one of the world’s great epics. The story of Rama: Indian miniatures from the National Museum, New Delhi illustrates key moments from the narrative through one hundred and one paintings. Spanning the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries, the works present a rich diversity of Indian painting.

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Rothschild Prayerbook on Display at the National Library of Australia from May 2015

Australians will get their first look at one of the world’s most expensive illuminated manuscripts in May.

The National Library of Australia announced recently that the early sixteenth-century Rothschild prayerbook, owned by Australian businessman Kerry Stokes, will go on display for the first time in the southern hemisphere.

The prayer book will be on display at the National Library of Australia in Canberra from 22 May until 9 August.

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Art Gallery of NSW – Exhibition of Interest in 2015

The Greats: Masterpieces of Western art from the National Galleries of Scotland
Art Gallery of NSW
24 Oct 2015 – 8 Feb 2016

The Greats traces the development of Western painting over five centuries from the Renaissance to Impressionism. Drawn from the collection of the National Galleries of Scotland – one of the finest small galleries in the world – the exhibition comprises 40 paintings and 33 drawings by some of the outstanding names of European art: Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, Veronese, El Greco, Velázquez, Poussin, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Watteau, Constable, Turner, Gainsborough, Reynolds, Ramsay, Raeburn, Sargent, Monet, Degas, Gauguin, Seurat and Cézanne. Many of these artists have never been exhibited in Sydney before.

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