© 2018 by Monash Gallery of Art for LEGACY. Your collection. Our story.

 

LEGACY.
Your collection.
Our story.

For 30 years MGA’s benefactors have been instrumental in the development of the only public collection solely dedicated to Australian photography; and it started with a tapestry donated by Harry Seidler.

Since its inception, MGA has forged its own trailblazing path, never wavering from its commitment to champion Australian photography and its artists.

MGA has long been praised for being progressive and innovative, especially when in the 1980s it took the bold, unfashionable and revolutionary step to focus on Australian photography.

In doing so, MGA became the only public collection solely dedicated to Australian photography and soon came to hold one of the nation’s most significant collections.

Now numbering over 3 100 Australian photographs, MGA’s collection illustrates the story of photography in Australia and its development is in no small part due to the generosity of donors.

Collectors, donors, supporters and artists have been critical to the collection’s development with over half the collection built through donations.

LEGACY. Your collection. Our story. celebrates the impact benefactors have had on the development of one of the nation’s most unique and important collections; a collection solely dedicated to Australian photography and its artists. LEGACY teases out the fascinating and compelling stories behind the works that chart the history of MGA; from a Joseph Albers tapestry donated by Harry Seidler, the architect of MGA’s building, through to some of the most recent donations to the collection by some of Australia's most significant photographers.

Josef ALBERS 4 carrés, bleu gris ochre jaune  1968 tapestry 170.0 x 170.0 cm Monash Gallery of Art,

And in the beginning

Entrance

Harry Seidler and the Hero Men

Intimacy and Protest

Side Gallery

Carol Jerrems

Nudes

Mortality

War & Protest

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Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Voices in the Landscape

Central Gallery

Going back in time

Portraits

Contemporary Voices

Landscape vs Architecture 

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Vignettes

Snorkel Gallery

Series, performance, 

experimental and the experiential

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LEGACY+ ... collecting contemporary

Gallery One

Hoda Afshar | Pat Brassington | David Rosetzky

Petrina Hicks | Darren Sylvester | Christian Thompson

Education & Public Programs

Explore the collection and discover the art of collecting

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See & Hear Me

Explore the world of photography and discover the art of collecting through interviews with artists, curators, collectors and industry professionals

Video Camera Lens
 

Opening Hours

Entry to MGA is FREE

Tues - Fri: 10am - 5pm

Sat - Sun: Noon - 5pm 


John GOLLINGS 

Monash Gallery of Art (Harry Seidler), Wheelers Hill, Victoria 1990, pigment ink-jet print, courtesy of the artist

 
 

“There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.”

 - Ansel Adams

Rennie ELLIS

Carol Jerrems  1970

gelatin silver print
24.6 x 16.7 cm
Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection
acquired with assistance from the Robert Salzer Foundation and the Public Galleries Association of Victoria 2008
MGA 2008.275
courtesy of Rennie Ellis Photographic Archive (Melbourne)

Contact

We look forward to seeing you at the gallery. Contact us for further information.

860 Ferntree Gully Rd
Wheelers Hill VIC 3150
Australia
www.mga.org.au

(03) 8544 0500

 

Supporters and Partners

 

Carol JERREMS

Juliet 'Girl amongst leaves' 1976
gelatin silver print
20.2 x 30.3 cm
Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection
acquired with assistance of the MGA Foundation 2012
MGA 2012.113
courtesy of Ken Jerrems and the Estate of Lance Jerrems

Josef ALBERS

4 carrés, bleu gris ochre jaune  1968
tapestry
170.0 x 170.0 cm
Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection
donated by Harry Seidler 1990
MGA 2002.28
© The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/VG Bild-Kunst. Copyright Agency, 2018

Carol JERREMS

Vale Street 1975
gelatin silver print
20.2 x 30.3 cm
Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection
donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Susan Hesse 2012
MGA 2012.030
courtesy of Ken Jerrems and the Estate of Lance Jerrems

Sonia PAYES

John Mawurndjul (detail) 2006
chromogenic print
127.0 x 127.0 cm
Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection
donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by the Bowness Family 2010
MGA 2010.003
courtesy of the artist and Charles Nodrum Gallery (Melbourne)

David ROSETZKY

Karlo  (detail) 2017

gelatin silver print

67.2 x 57.2 cm

Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection

acquired 2018

MGA 2018.13

courtesy of the artist and Sutton Gallery (Melbourne)

Alberto SANCHEZ

King of the castle #1 2012-13
from the series Beyond the black stump
hand-coloured pigment ink-jet print
58.5 x 58.8 cm
Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection
donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gift Program by Joy Hirst 2015
MGA 2015.046
reproduction courtesy of the artist and Retrospect Galleries (Byron Bay)