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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
November 30, 2006 - February 4, 2007
Melbourne, Australia

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
presents:
Juan Davila
A major exhibition

Paintings, installations and works on paper from 1974-2006.
A monograph on Davila's work will be published to accompany the exhibition.

Juan Davila is one of the most innovative and influential painters to have worked in Australia over the past thirty years. Arriving in Australia from Chile in 1974, his consistent interrogation of cultural, sexual and social identities has resulted in a rich, complex and provocative body of work.

A firm believer in the political role of the artist, Davila’s paintings have critiqued directly the Australian political system, the cultural aspects of late capitalism, the structures of the art world and the hegemony of Western art history, the representation of sexuality, and more recently, the treatment of refugees in Australian detention centres.

Juan Davila has shown widely throughout Australia and internationally. This is the first major solo museum exhibition to feature work from the full span of Davila’s career. It will feature paintings, installations and works on paper, including Chilean works rarely seen in Australia, the artist's epic murals of the 1980s and 1990s, and new work produced for the MCA exhibition.

The exhibition is accompanied by a major publication, co-published by the MCA and Melbourne University Publishing, featuring commissioned essays by Professor Roger Benjamin and Guy Brett as well as selected texts by the artist.

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gallery Hours:
Open 10 AM –5 PM daily — Closed Tuesdays, except public holidays
180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, Australia +613.8620.2222
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Website

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“In those days, a gay man was made to feel nothing but shame about his feelings and his sexuality. I wanted my drawings to counteract that, to show gay men being happy and positive about who they were. Oh, I didn’t sit down to think this all out carefully. But I knew — right from the start — that my men were going to be proud and happy men!"
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