Warrnambool Art Gallery director John Cunningham with some of the pieces on display in a new exhibition. THE Warrnambool Art Gallery has rewound its clock as part of a new exhibition.
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Permanent Collection: Revisioned was launched last night, showcasing a series of artistic relics from the gallery’s 125 years.

Director John Cunningham and recently-appointed curator Gareth Colliton selected the pieces which include European salon paintings, colonial artworks and indigenous artefacts.

“There’s almost 2000 artworks in the collection,” Mr Cunningham told The Standard yesterday.

“At any given time we can display between 50 and 70.

“We change the art gallery twice a year but this year we’ll change it a few times.

“Some of them are 125 years old … (and) a lot more unusual, there are things that haven’t been seen for quite a while.

“There are a lot of little gems in the collection.”

Mr Cunningham said the exhibition was a way of opening the community’s eyes to the art that formed its history.

“It’s a way of saying ‘come and look at our treasures and historic artefacts’.

“You have to understand the past to understand the future.”

The collection also incorporates indigenous artefacts from around the region selected by local elder Robert Lowe senior, featuring grinding tools and a possum-skin naming rug.

“They haven’t been seen since 1856 so they’re a great addition to the collection,” Mr Cunningham said.

An Inge King sculpture funded by Professor Barbara van Ernst as a 125th anniversary gift is another highlight, according to the director.

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