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ESSAYS

Show Them What You’ve Got

By Susan Gibb

Australian museums rethink their approaches to the acquisition, 

display and preservation of their collections

NICHOLAS FOLLAND, Untitled (Jump-up), 2012, found crystal and glassware, stainless-steel wire, steel. 

Installation view of the 2012 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia. Courtesy the artist and Ryan Renshaw.

Of surprising prominence across Australia’s 2012 exhibition calendar was a focus on the institutional collection. Works were dusted off and brought out from storage, while others were rehung or presented in new contexts in order to rethink their…

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