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Figure, Form and Allegory: Sculpture from the Collection

Installation view of Figure, Form and Allegory: Sculpture from the Collection

Installation view of 'Figure, Form and Allegory: Sculpture from the Collection' | Photograph: Natasha Harth

Figure, Form and Allegory: Sculpture from the Collection

Currently on display | Kenneth and Yasuko Myer Galleries, Queensland Art Gallery

This display explores the Gallery’s holdings of figurative sculptures from the late nineteenth century to the modern era and illustrates the evolution of sculptural approaches to form and space throughout a period of great change.

Sculptural works up to the late nineteenth century often drew on neo-classical and academic traditions, echoing the poetry, myth and aesthetics of ancient Greece and Rome and the Italian Renaissance. Developments exploring a more impressionistic portrayal of form began to emerge at the beginning of the twentieth century, with volumetric mass seen in terms of space and light, through the simplification and sometimes even the disintegration of form. Despite these later radical developments, figurative sculpture has endured as a robust and well-loved tradition at the same time as having undergone changes in artistic approaches and materials and methods of exhibition, as well as public reception.