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TarraWarra Museum of Art

TarraWarra Museum of Art


The TarraWarra Museum of Art is a visual arts museum located in the Yarra Valley, Victoria, with a charter to display Australian art from the second half of the twentieth century to the present day. The museum was established by the Eva and Mark Besen and it receives all its operations funding from the Besen Family Foundation.

In 2015, the Balnaves Foundation has provided funding to stage a major exhibition on the work of Howard Arkley (and friends…) which was the first major retrospective of Howard Arkley’s work. It included over 60 paintings by Arkley from 1974 until 1999, featuring a number of works that had not been shown before along with some of his most iconic images. Key paintings were selected from different periods of his career, including the sparse black and white paintings from the 1970s; his breakthrough into figuration with works such as Primitive and Tattooed Head; his surreal Zappo and cacti paintings; the electrifying house exteriors and interiors; and his final freeway works. The exhibition introduced three distinctive perspectives to Arkley: his archive, his music and his friends.

In 2016, the Balnaves Foundation supports the exhibition The Sculpture of Bronwyn Oliver, the first comprehensive survey of 50 key works from the mid 1980's to the final solo exhibition in 2006. The survey includes early works made in paper, major sculptures from public collections and maquettes for many of her much-loved public sculptures.

As writer Hannah Fink memorably observed in 2006, 'Bronwyn Oliver had that rarest of all skills: She knew how to create beauty.' The exhibition is a tribute to that power and will run from 19 November 2016 to 5 February 2017. More information can be found at


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Installation view, The Sculpture of Bronwyn Oliver, TarraWarra Museum of Art, 2016
Installation view (2), The Sculpture of Bronwyn Oliver, TarraWarra Museum of Art, 2016
Installation view (3), The Sculpture of Bronwyn Oliver, TarraWarra Museum of Art, 2016

Title : TarraWarra honours Bronwyn Oliver, brilliant sculptor who died before her Time - AFR

Nov 4, 2016

 Bronwyn Oliver's sculptures are brilliant and haunting, owned by Australia's most prominent collectors, writes Janey Hawley. A retrospective of her work begs the question: what led her to die so young?

Title : Suburbia: does the great Australian dream have life in it yet? - The Age

Dec 12, 2015

We've been whingeing about the suburbs for more than a century. "A spiritual Sahara", Louis Esson dubbed it in 1911. "An arid desert" of "sterile desolation" wrote George Johnston in My Brother Jack (1964). But it's a new millennium and a housing affordability crisis finds us desperate to reconnect with suburbia.

Title : Howard Arkley at TarraWarra is a tribute to collaboration - AFR

Dec 11, 2015

For anyone who knew him, one thing was paramount in Howard Arkley's life: his sheer love of art. For this hugely talented man, art was a thing to teach and share.

Title : Howard Arkley's lust for suburban life - ABC News

Dec 10, 2015

Howard Arkley (and friends...) at Tarrawarra Museum of Art is a retrospective of one of the most important Australian painters of the 20th Century, and the first major exhibition of Arkley's work since the exhibition Howard Arkley at Ian Potter Centre NGV Australia in 2006

Title : Suburbs come alive in country - Herald Sun

Dec 9, 2015

THE vibrant colours and heavily patterned works of renowned Australian artist Howard Arkley are the focus of a new exhibition at TarraWarra Museum of Art.

Title : Art of suburbia: Howard Arkley's life and work highlighted in new exhibition - The Age

Nov 22, 2015

He was the Melbourne artist whose vibrant paintings celebrated the style of suburbia. Now the first major exhibition of Howard Arkley's work since 2006 highlights the artistic and personal relationships that shaped his work, presenting the artist's archive and the music that inspired him.

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