Female energy on present from the British Museum

Kylie Minogue’s aphrodite costume, entrance, a roman Venus, rear. Photograph: Helen Musa.

AN exhibition that turns gender ideas of energy on their heads is the most recent British Museum blockbuster on the Nationwide Museum of Australia.

NMA director Mathew Trinca unveiled the present, “Feared and Revered: Female Energy via the Ages”, earlier than assembled media and visitors this morning (December 7) together with former governor-general Dame Quentin Bryce, ACT Arts Minister Tara Cheyne, British Museum’s Belinda Crerar and indigenous artists to have been chargeable for a unprecedented show referring to mermaid-like YawkYawk spirits from western Arnhemland.

Trinca stated he had been on the British Museum simply final week and spoken with its director, Hartwig Fischer, who had praised the just about two-decade relationship between the 2 museums that had seen 5 main exhibitions, together with the current one travelling from London to Sydney.

It was a feather within the NMA’s cap, Trinca believed, that “Feared and Revered” had opened in Could in London and was now in Canberra, the primary vacation spot in a world tour and the one place in Australia the place it could be seen.

“Feared and Revered” boasts massive sculptures of Venus and the lioness headed Egyptian goddess of destruction, Sekhmet, among the many 160 objects from six continents courting again 5000 years and consists of up to date artworks reflecting the affect of feminine religious energy.

Lissant Bolton, keeper of the Division of Africa, Oceania and the Americas on the BM and an Australian herself, stated she believed the exhibition seemed higher right here than within the London house. Observing that English phrases for goddesses, spirits, and demons weren’t precisely translatable into different cultures, she famous that such figures bore nearer examination, as they have been usually distinctive to their very own place.

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Nationwide Museum senior curator, Cheryl Crilly, whereas talking of the “magic, knowledge, fury and fervour” on present within the exhibition, made point out of one thing extra light-hearted – a dressing up worn by Kylie Minogue in her 2011 “Aphrodite: Les folies” tour, a positive signal that the affect of the traditional goddess of affection, and intercourse, remains to be amongst us.

“Feared and Revered: Female Energy via the Ages,” Nationwide Museum Australia, till August 27.


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Ian Meikle, editor