A riot of painting, sculpture, photography, sound and new media, the exhibition embraces the contradictions inherent in public art collections. 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.
Curated by Jon Buckingham Chaos & Order is on at RMIT Gallery, Melbourne from 13 April t0 9 June 2018.