Australian Art


Juan Davila Gulf  1985
Juan Davila Gulf 1985

9/Sep/2006 - 12/Nov/2006

VENUE: Museum of Contemporary Art

This is the first solo museum exhibition of internationally respected Chilean-born Australian artist Juan Davila.

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.

Admission $10 Adult / $7 Concession / MCA Members Free
Image Captions
Juan Davila Gulf 1985 State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia © the artist, Kalli Rolfe Contemporary Art, Copyright Agent


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