Chaos & Order: 120 Years of Collecting, RMIT Gallery

Darren Wardle

13 Apr - 9 Jun 2018

Drawn from the University Art Collection, Chaos & Order is an ambitious survey of artwork collected by RMIT over the last century. A riot of painting, sculpture, photography, sound and new media, the exhibition will embrace the contradictions inherent in public art collections and will explore the uses to which they are put. Public collections can be paradoxical beasts. They strive to adhere to strict criteria (chronology, style or taxonomy; art history, theory and criticism) or be encyclopaedic in their holdings, but are as frequently defined by what they have failed to acquire. Just as often, the curiosities, outsiders and novelties that fall outside the stated ambit of a collection prove to be its great successes: serendipity uncovers many hidden treasures. Chaos underlies the myth of order.

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