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The new regional gallery Ngununggula—based in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales—is opening with a show by Tamara Dean, considering the existentialism of the pandemic and recent bushfires. Within anxiety and uncertainty, Dean finds depth and lightheartedness.
As Sydney galleries reopen this week, with Canberra and Melbourne not far behind, Australia’s most prominent museum leaders discuss the impacts and opportunities of the pandemic, and how they’re adapting to our new ‘Covid normal’.
How have Australia’s commercial galleries been faring through the last two years, and how are they feeling about the future? Mostly, it’s looking quite optimistic.
“It transcends time and cultures,” says Geelong Gallery senior curator Lisa Sullivan of the well-known, perhaps even iconic, Frederick McCubbin painting A bush burial, 1890.
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