Art and Mortality Symposium
Saturday, 20 September 2014 from 10:00 AM to 4:45 PM (AEST)
Death is one of the enduring themes in the arts, engaging visual artists working in all media. How do their works of art, from the past and present, relate to contemporary concerns about dying and death?
This two day symposium brings together leading art historians, curators and artists to discuss ideas associated with mortality and the visual arts. Topics to be addressed include: the symbolism of death, death and anatomy, death masks, photography and the limits of representation, the scene of death, and ethical and social issues. On the second day of the conference there is a special focus on works in the National Gallery's collection. Films are also included in the conference program.
eX de Medici, Blue (Bower/Bauer) 1998-2000
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Purchased 2004 © eX de Medici
When & Where
National Gallery of Australia
The National Gallery of Australia holds the national art collection, including the largest display of Australian Indigenous art in the world.
The purpose of the Gallery is to serve the public by enhancing understanding and enjoyment of the visual arts.
The National Gallery of Australia is an Australian Government Agency.