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'Inspiration by Design' at State Library of Victoria

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Beautiful design is in the eye of the beholder
Lovers of design, photography, poetry, drawing, typography, literature illustration, fashion, painting, cultural history, and graphic art are invited to view a special exhibition at State Library of Victoria. The exhibition is presented by London's famous Victoria and Albert Museum (the V&A), which celebrates the National Art Library's 150 years of rare design collecting.

Though small, the exhibition is a series of stunning showcases of Beatrix Potter illustrations, to 1960s Prada fashion catalogues, to 19th century Australiana photography, to American Indian historical reference material, to Mel Ramos poetry and graphics, to Picasso art books.

The exhibition is in the Keith Murdoch Gallery (immediately on the right inside the main entrance to the Library), and is free entry.

I left the exhibition in awe of what I saw, but wanted to learn more about the artists and wordsmiths' incredible work. Unfortunately, photography inside the Gallery is not permitted, instead have a notebook and pen (or your phone…) at the ready to note the artists on display, and all your ideas and inspiration!

The exhibition is on now, and runs until Sunday 14 June from 10am-5pm daily (until 9pm Thursdays). Allow yourself an hour to fully appreciate the entire exhibition.

Running concurrently to the exhibition is a series of tours, panel discussions, classes and screenings. See the website for details of dates and meeting locations within the Library.
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Phone: 03 8664 7000
Where: State Library of Victoria
Cost: free
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