Bank Art Museum Moree (BAMM) is preparing to host the upcoming touring exhibition, The View from 1919, opening on Friday, October 4.
This significant collection of historical paintings explores the Australian art scene in the early 20th century and showcases a diverse array of the styles and themes of art making at the time.
The exhibition was developed to mark Tamworth Regional Gallery's Centenary celebrations earlier this year. It references the importance of the Tamworth region and its connection to the wider art scene in Australia - particularly Sydney - where many of the featured artists were also active.
The View from 1919 focuses on the early decades of the twentieth century and allows for a discussion of the key artistic debate of the time, between traditional and modernist artists.
It also prompts us to consider current themes and debates around time and place, and how these are being explored in contemporary Australian art making.
The exhibition is a rare opportunity to see works from some of Australia's iconic artists and appreciate their contribution to Australian art history.
Key artworks from Margaret Preston, Hans Hyson, Sidney Long, Eolith Grunter, John Silvan, Norman Lindsay and Lionel Lindsay all feature in the exhibition, which is touring regionally.
BAMM interim director Kate Tuart is excited to be hosting such an important historical exhibition specific to our region.
"Recently, BAMM has had a strong focus on bringing the latest in Australian contemporary art and the technology that comes with it," she said.
"But this exhibition allows us to see the world through the eyes of artists 100 years ago, providing an insight into their world and thinking.
"It's wonderful to be able to support another regional gallery such as Tamworth, especially when sharing an exhibition with such key artists and artworks.
"We are fortunate at BAMM to have a strong connection to heritage through our own building from the 1910s, and I can't wait to see locals and tourists alike embrace the atmosphere of the exhibition in the space."
The View from 1919 will be on display at BAMM from Friday, October 4 to Saturday, November 30, with the public opening night on Friday, October 4 from 6pm.