NGV’s latest exhibition explores a fascinating time during Australian history and how this impacted art and design. The 1930s was both a time of despair and a time of innovation within our nation. Although the Second World War was looming and the Great depression took hold of our economy, we earned our title as the ‘Aussie battlers’.
For us, this was a time of major creativity. Artists and designers engaged with these major issues and female artists became the true trailblazers of this period.
Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV, commented, ‘[Brave New World] will offer an immersive look at the full spectrum of visual and creative culture of the period, from Max Dupain’s iconic depictions of the Australian body and beach culture to a vast display of nearly 40 Art Deco radios, which were an indispensable item for the Australian home during the 1930s.’
Head down to the Ian Potter Centre at Fed Square until 15 October to see this collection of more than 200 works spanning photography, painting, printmaking, sculpture and decorative arts as well as design, architecture, fashion, graphics, film and dance.