Horsham Regional Art Gallery will proudly present the National Gallery of Australia exhibition Art Deco: The World Turns Modern this summer.
From the early 1920s, Australian artists responded to the international movement towards modernism and art deco.
Shaking off the austerity of World War I, they created images of an abundant nation filled with strong, youthful figures, capturing the vitalism of a nation reborn.
Technological advancements and urbanisation influenced the emergence of art deco: a new aesthetic in art, architecture, design and fashion.
Comprised entirely of works from the National Gallery of Australia Collection, this exhibition provides superb examples of the diverse expressions of art deco.
With its bold, simplified shapes and emphasis on geometry and line, art deco provided the right aesthetic for the times. Buildings lost their decorative embellishments, fashion became less structured and corseted and women were enjoying greater freedoms, such as the right to vote and to travel unchaperoned.
The image of the stylish, independent woman became popular in portraiture and graphic design for posters and advertisements. Artists also captured the new-found excitement people felt for the opportunity to indulge in transnational leisure travel and luxury adventure.
See superb examples of the diverse expressions of art deco from the National Gallery of Australia's collection from Saturday, November 16 to Sunday, February 2, open daily with free entry.
To coincide with the opening, a special event valuation day will be held from 10am-2pm on November 16. Join art valuer Simon Storey for this entertaining event. Bring in your treasure and find out its secrets.
Most art valuers only have two or three specialities but Storey has 14. Australian and international paintings, watercolours, sculpture and prints; books, manuscripts and archives; furniture and decorative arts; Roman, Greek and Egyptian and antiquities; natural history collections; Indigenous art, bark, dot paintings and artefacts; military and civil vehicles and aircraft; artillery and other weapons; agricultural equipment and specimens; navigational equipment and clocks pre-1950; textiles and fashion pre-2000; photographic and sound equipment pre-1980 and Australian and international photography.
No appointment is required, maximum two items per person. Funds raised will support future gallery acquisitions. Cost: $5 or $4 for members/concession. For more details, visit horshamtownhall.com.au