Celebrating the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery’s 50th anniversary MPRG: FIFTY highlights the development and growth of this significant collection.
Founded in 1969 by Alan McCulloch, the Mornington Peninsula Arts Centre, as it was known, acquired its first artwork in 1970.
Over the past 50 years the Collection has grown to include over 1800 objects, including paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures.
One strength of the MPRG Collection is the focus on the cultural heritage of the Mornington Peninsula which has been a haven and source of inspiration for many artists.
Some of Australia’s best-known artists have captured the region’s unique scenery and lifestyle and these works form a valuable part of the Collection.
A series of new collection rooms will take visitors on a journey through historical and contemporary representations of the Mornington Peninsula.
MPRG: FIFTY breaks down traditional hierarchies by creating a kaleidoscope of colour with the greatest number of works from the collection ever on display together. The show inspires fresh connections, accidental intersections, and a new understanding and appreciation for our remarkable and evolving collection.
MPRG: FIFTY features over 100 artworks including much loved favourites like eX de Medici’s Red (Colony) 2000, Arthur Boyd’s iconic Mt Martha from Rosebud Beach 1938, Lisa Roet’s giant primate finger Orang-utan Index 2001-03 and Locust Jones’ epic Geronimo 2011.