Sublime Sea: Rapture and Reality

Sat 14th December, 2019 – Sun 23rd February, 2020
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
Civic Reserve, Dunns Road, Mornington VIC 3931
From underwater ballet to marine creatures, this new exhibition showcases art inspired by the sea.

Sublime Sea, a major new exhibition at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, pays tribute to the sea as artist’s muse in the age of climate crisis, featuring work spanning two centuries.

Years in the making, this cabinet-of-curiosities-style exhibit curated by art historian Vivien Gaston considers how the sea can be inspiring, overwhelming, and transient all at once: from Tamara Dean’s Endangered, winner of the 2019 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize, to vaudeville performer Annette Kellerman’s infamous mermaid costume from the early 1900s.

Over 100 Australian artworks are on loan from institutions such as Museums Victoria and National Gallery of Australia, including paintings, sculpture, photography, film and the decorative arts.

An ambitious survey of our relationship to nature, Sublime Sea doesn’t shy away from showcasing art that encourages tough conversations – from the experiences of refugees seeking safety and new beginnings, to increasing levels of pollution and how modern life alienates people from nature.

Gaston will also give free floor talks for those interested in gaining behind-the-scenes insight into how the pieces were selected for the exhibit.

10am to 5pm everyday except Monday (closed).

More details here.

This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery.