Australia’s great bark artists
review by Peter Naumann
The National Museum of Australia celebrates key Aboriginal artists by revealing 122 outstanding bark paintings from Arnhem Land in an exhibition that is elegant, thoughtful and enlightening.
The Australian story
review by Alan Stephens
For many Australians, a visit to the Australian War Memorial provides their main exposure to the story of war. That is a serious responsibility. However, when it comes to the responsibility of explaining why we went to war, and what it has meant, the Memorial’s new permanent gallery, Afghanistan, misleads by omission.
Germans in Australia
225 years of German immigration (1788–2013)
review by Eureka Henrich
While the German Emigration Center’s exhibition creates a holistic representation of the migration experience, its picture of contemporary Australia and the politics of migration is less persuasive.
review by Conan Elphicke
This small exhibition at the Museum of Australian Democracy provides a fascinating insight into Robert Menzies’ first term as prime minister, 1939–41. Though inviting former prime minister John Howard to curate the exhibition was a sound decision, the real interest lies in Menzies’ own words, cinefilm footage and keepsakes.
Jean Galbraith and friends
a shared passion for nature
review by Libby Robin
This exhibition at the Latrobe Regional Gallery reveals to great effect the life and work of one of Australia’s best-known nature writers, Jean Galbraith, and her place in the history of Victoria’s Gippsland.
A history of Brisbane
review by Stephen Foster
The Museum of Brisbane’s exhibition on the Brisbane River is more evocative than informative but is still well worth a visit, as is the Museum as a whole.
review by Jacqui Tumney
Many components of this exhibition, a permanent display at the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre in Melbourne, could easily have been presented in an overtly political or moralistic way. First Peoples avoids this and instead succeeds at being a celebration of identity, diversity and resilience.