Ken Unsworth
Truly, Madly

Free entry

NGV Australia, Federation Square

Ground Level, Level 2 & 3 Foyers

14 Sep 18 – 17 Feb 19


At eighty-six years of age, Ken Unsworth is a senior Australian artist who draws upon an extraordinarily diverse repertoire of skills, techniques and devices. He is an enigmatic creator known for his conceptual sculptures and sculptural installations, mechanical relief works, land art events and innovative performances that combine theatre, dance and art.

Truly, Madly surveys significant aspects of Unsworth’s career. It includes a number of the artist’s early kinetic sculptural works that have been re-commissioned for the exhibition. In addition to these, Unsworth is currently developing a new work which involves the realisation of a sculptural project based on his drawings and paintings. The exhibition includes around twelve major works.

Ken Unsworth was born in Richmond, Melbourne, in 1931, where he developed a mania for AFL football, trams and VB. He attended Melbourne Teachers’ College and the University of Melbourne and later the National Art School, Sydney. From 1955 he worked as a secondary teacher and then as a lecturer in art at various tertiary institutions. His academic teaching career paralleled that of being an artist and continued until 1988.

Truly, Madly is being developed in close association with the artist and is the first major exhibition of his practice to be held in Melbourne. It is presented in the foyer galleries at NGV Australia and features a new site-specific installation Unsworth is developing to interact directly with the building.

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