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John Curtin Gallery

Current Exhibitions

The John Curtin Gallery's current exhibition:

Lisa Reihana: Emissaries
3 February – 29 April 2018

The John Curtin Gallery proudly presents Lisa Reihana’s critically acclaimed exhibition from the New Zealand Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale – EMISSARIES.

This exhibition’s cinematic centrepiece, in Pursuit of Venus [infected], 2015–17, is a filmic reimagining of the French Neoclassical scenic wallpaper Les Sauvages de la Mer Pacifique created in 1804–05 and popularised as ‘Captain Cook’s Voyages’.  This panoramic wallpaper designed by Jean-Gabriel Charvet and produced by entrepreneur Joseph Dufour, mirrored a widespread fascination with the Pacific voyages of discovery undertaken by Cook and others, including de Bougainville and La Pérouse.  The wallpaper’s exotic themes referenced popular illustrations of the time derived from original voyage drawings.