This major exhibition at The Art Gallery of WA, explores the abundant beauty of the botanical world and the threats that assail it.
The Botanical: Beauty and Peril draws from the renowned collection of Janet Holmes à Court and the AGWA Collection to present a vivid, involving and sometimes disturbing journey through the diverse representation by Australian artists of the glorious kingdom of plants.
From wildflower rooms to bush fire photography, the show both celebrates the natural beauty of landscapes and plants, and raises bracing issues about environmental destruction and the land rights of Australia’s First Peoples. By turns immersive, stimulating, moving and inspiring, the exhibition is designed to stimulate conversations about our botanical world and how we live in it, and live with it.
A number of events will run in conjunction with this exhibition, including a climate change panel discussion, symposium, guided tours, collector talk, curator tours, workshops and much more. Visit the website to plan your visit.
Part of the What On Earth project at Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery (opens May), Midland Junction Arts Centre (Aug), Mundaring Arts Centre (Sep) and Kings Park Festival (Sep).
AGWA GUIDED TOURS | FREE
11am, Thursday to Saturday, 11 July to 2 November
Join a free guided tour for additional insight into botanical art. In September, synchronised tours with Kings Park Festival guided walks start at 11am at AGWA and 2pm at Kings Park. Information on free transport is available on our website and at the AGWA Information Desk.
Image credit - Conor O'Brien
66.3 x 96.8 cm (image)
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Purchased through the Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation: TomorrowFund, 2009