MPRG: FIFTY - 2020

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The Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2020 with a series of permanent collection exhibitions, podcasts, videos and publications that highlight the development and growth of this significant collection. 

A strength of the MPRG collection is the focus on the cultural heritage of the Mornington Peninsula, which has been a haven and source of inspiration for artists since the 1850s, including Fred Williams, Albert Tucker and Arthur Boyd.

The MPRG collection is also renowned for its specialist holdings of contemporary Australian works on paper acquired from the acquisitive prizes (Spring Festival of Drawing 1973-97, Prints Acquisitive 1974-96 and National Works on Paper 1998-present).

MPRG begins the year with a series of collection exhibitions, available to see online. In A Collection of Stranger Things artist and avid collector Patrick Pound drew out works from the MPRG collection and displayed them alongside his own collection of found photographs and objects. In a special podcast with Patrick, he explains his collection methodology and how the collection became the medium.

With a little help from our Friends – showcases works acquired by the Friends of MPRG since 1996. Through funds raised through memberships and Friends events, the Friends of MPRG have generously purchased important works on paper by artists such as Gareth Sansom, Fiona McMonagle, Catherine Cassidy and Raymond Arnold for the MPRG Collection. 

Later in the year we will be launching MPRG: FIFTY, a major exhibition and publication that provide a snapshot into the progression of an evolving collection. The exhibition and publication features over 70 artworks including works by Margaret Preston, Russell Drysdale, Arthur Boyd, Fred Williams, Brett Whiteley, Jenny Watson, Rick Amor, eX de Medici, Gloria Petyarre, Gareth Sansom, Danie Mellor, Vernon Ah Kee and Jess Johnson among others.

MPRG will continue to celebrate our 50-year anniversary online with a series of podcasts, artist videos and exhibition publications.

MPRG: FIFTY major publication

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MPRG’s 50th anniversary publication celebrates and highlights the formation and development of our Collection. The publication features two key historical essays by Susan McCulloch OAM, Adjunct Professor, College of Design & Social Context, RMIT and daughter of founding Director Alan McCulloch and former MPRG Senior Curator, Rodney James. The MPRG curatorial team have selected over 70 collection works for reproduction that give an overview and insight into the breadth and diversity of the Collection. These artworks are accompanied by short written statements from current staff, former staff and artists represented in the collection.

We are extremely grateful for the support of the Gordon Darling Foundation whose funding has enabled us to publish a substantial and impressive record of the MPRG Collection and to design agency Alter whose passion and energy has catapulted the design of this publication to another level.

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