Arts and Culture At Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Dunns Road, Mornington Civic Reserve, Corner Mornington-Tyabb and Dunns Road, Mornington VIC 3931 Australia

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Date: 14 December - 23 February 2020
Time: 10am - 5pm
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Sublime Sea: rapture and reality is a spectacular immersive exhibition about the power of the sea in human imagination. Through superb examples of paintings, sculpture, photography, film and the decorative arts, the exhibition evokes the overwhelming experience of nature, from intrepid journeys and mysterious grottos to the infinite space of the ocean. The exhibition creates a new ‘cabinet of curiosities’, combining art and the natural sciences to chart the evolution of a ‘sublime’ perception of nature and the sea’s benevolence as a primal source of life. Contemporary works reflect new realities and insights into human interaction with the sea, the tragic voyages of refugees, threat of plastic pollution and alienation from natural forces. Evoking both exhilarating awe and disruptive challenge, Sublime Sea seeks a new understanding of our relationship with the beauty and power of natural forces. The stars of the sea are also celebrated, including video footage of the underwater ballet of Australian swimmer and vaudeville/ film performer Annette Kellerman, the first woman to defy conservatism and get arrested for sporting a one-piece bathing suit in 1907. Her famous mermaid costume also features in the exhibition. Sublime Sea includes loans from major galleries and museums around Australia, including Rupert Bunny’s Sea Idyll, Greg Semu’s The Raft, National Gallery of Victoria, Oswald Brierly’s Yacht Wanderer rounding Cape Horn, Australian National Maritime Museum, and numerous dazzling examples of sea life from Museums Victoria. Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery is the exclusive Victorian venue.

2019-12-14 10:00:00
2020-02-23 17:00:00