NGV Australia, Federation Square
Level 3, Temporary Exhibitions
18 Mar 16 – 12 Jun 16
This is the first comprehensive retrospective of renowned Melbourne artist Jan Senbergs. Throughout his long career, Senbergs’s work has been characterised by a fundamental humanist vision, a finely-honed sense of the absurd, and a rigorous studio practice spanning printmaking, drawing and painting. He is considered to be amongst Australia’s leading painters and his large-scale expressive drawings are highly regarded. More recently Senbergs has created labyrinthine views of cities, employing aerial perspectives to present a bird’s eye view of humankind’s endeavours. The exhibition includes paintings, drawings and prints from his first exhibition in 1960 until the present day, borrowed from public and private collections around Australia.
A range of public programs including talks by curators, writers and arts practitioners provides audiences with insights into Jan Senbergs’s artwork and creative practice, beginning with a special opening weekend conversation with eminent art historian Patrick McCaughey.