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Under the sun: Reimagining Max Dupain's Sunbaker

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There IS something new under the sun
An iconic Australian image, Max Dupain's 'Sunbaker', is the inspiration for an exhibition opening at the Monash Gallery of Art on Saturday 6th May. 15 artists have contributed to this large scale exhibition of new works, which has just completed a successful three month run at the Australian Centre for Photography (ACP) in Sydney.

Under the sun: Reimagining Max Dupain's Sunbaker
Max Dupain's iconic 'Sunbaker' image is the inspiration for this exhibition

MGA Curator Stella Loftus-Hills said, "MGA is delighted to be hosting Under the sun and to be revisiting Max Dupain's 'Sunbaker' (1937) almost 80 years after its creation. Dupain's iconic photograph entered MGA's collection in 1980 and this exhibition is a wonderful opportunity for our audiences to view the work in the context of contemporary art and to reflect upon its relationship to current ideas around national identity."

Under the sun: Reimagining Max Dupain's Sunbaker
An image in the exhibition by Peta Clancy

At a deeper level, the exhibition is representative of Australia's cultural diversity, with the mix of artists reflecting Australia's multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-faith nature. Exhibiting artists include Peta Clancy, Julie Rrap, Nasim Nasr and Kawita Vatanajyankur.

ACP Curator, Claire Monneraye said: "In this exhibition, the 15 artists have interrogated the social and political implications embedded within this image but also challenged the status of this photograph in our visual culture".

Under the sun: Reimagining Max Dupain's Sunbaker
Image by Nasim Nasr

Under the sun runs from 6th May to 6th August 2017, at the Monash Gallery of Art, 860 Ferntree Gully Road, Wheelers Hill.

The official launch of the exhibition takes place from 1-4pm on Saturday 6th May. It is free to attend, but please register. For more information and to register, click here.

The gallery is open from 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Friday, and 12 noon to 5pm on weekends (closed Mondays and public holidays).

Entry is FREE.
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Why? An exhibition with a fresh take on a classic Australian image
When: Open Tuesday to Sunday between 6th May and 6th August.
Phone: (03) 8544 0500
Where: Monash Gallery of Art, 860 Ferntree Gully Road, Wheelers Hill
Cost: FREE
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