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Toxic Beauty: Talk & Tour

Sun 21 Jan, 2pm–3pm
NGV International
Exhibition space
Level 2

Free entry

The surface beauty of many images and objects hides the real human cost incurred in their making. Uncover the deadly stories behind three works of art in this exhibition to understand the true meaning of Toxic Beauty.


Amanda Dunsmore is Senior Curator of International Decorative Arts and Antiquities at the NGV. Amanda studied Fine Art and Egyptology at Monash University and prior to her role at the NGV she worked as a ceramic specialist in Egypt. Her research interests include seventeenth and eighteenth century English pottery, eighteenth century English architecture and interiors, and early twentieth century design and the rise of modernism. Her recent exhibitions include Art Deco 1910-1939; Bugatti: Carlo, Rembrandt, Ettore, Jean; Vienna: Art and Design; Napoleon. Revolution to Empire, and most recently The Language of Ornament.

Suzi Shaw is Conservator of Frames and Furniture at the NGV. Suzi is part of a small team who care for historic frames, however her main role is to care for the NGV’s diverse furniture collection ranging from Renaissance cassone, to robot printed bioplastic chairs.

Kate Douglas is Conservator of Textiles at the NGV. She has degrees in Fine Art and Conservation of Cultural Materials and prior to working at the NGV she worked at the War Memorial Museum in Canberra. Kate has worked on a large number of textile based exhibitions since working at the NGV and enjoys the diversity of working on the range of textiles held in the NGV collection.