The National Picture: The Art of Tasmania's Black War

Date & time

9am Saturday 12 May – 5pm Sunday 29 July 2018

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The National Gallery of Australia

Parkes Place, Parkes, Canberra

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Tim Bonyhady, Greg Lehman and Franchesca Cubillo from the NGA, in front of portraits by settler Benjamin Duterrau. Photograph: NGA
Greg Lehman, Tim Bonyhady and Franchesca Cubillo from the NGA, in front of portraits by settler Benjamin Duterrau. Photograph: NGA

The opening of The National Picture – The Art of Tasmania’s Black War, marks an important stage in the development of the ANU Centre for Law, Arts and the Humanities, and is the fruit of a major collaboration between Director Tim Bonyhady and the National Gallery of Australia. The exhibition connects major colonial Tasmanian art, including Benjamin Duterreau’s The Conciliation, to themes of representation and injustice, the rule of law and rights, demonstrating precisely the intimate connection between art and law, both historically and in the contemporary world.

Paul Daley, writing in The Guardian, says: 'The National Picture, which interrogates the ... Black War and genocide of 1820s van Diemen’s Land, is audacious on both an intellectual and curatorial level, and provocative beyond comfort even for those more conversant with the darkest episodes of Australian history.’

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