25 September 2023

Museum takes plunge on shark exhibition

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The Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) in Sydney has put back the opening of its internationally-acclaimed art exhibition On Sharks & Humanity to 11 December. The show was due to open on 1 November.

Director of the ANMM, Kevin Sumption said the compelling artworks would be on display both in the museum galleries and outdoors along the museum’s waterfront.

“The uniqueness and, in some cases, the sheer size and scale of the artworks, are sure to impress visitors,” Mr Sumption said.

“Importantly, the exhibition will provoke thought and discussion not only on global environmental issues, but also on issues Australia faces such as the ecological balance of marine life and our own endangered shark species.”

He said the exhibition would also include a new Australian dimension, incorporating works by Indigenous artists exploring sharks as totems and their role in informing cultural and ecological sustainability in water, land and species.

“Objects from the collection of prominent Australian shark experts, Ron and Valerie Taylor will also be displayed,” Mr Sumption said.

Conceived by Chinese arts organisation, Parkview Arts Action and curated by internationally renowned curator, Huang Du, On Sharks & Humanity addresses the issues of shark protection, ocean conservation and the harmful demands of shark fin products through a variety of art forms.

The exhibition first opened at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco in 2014 before touring to Moscow, Beijing, Singapore, and Hong Kong.

After its new opening date On Sharks & Humanity will remain on display until 2 June 2019. Entry is free.

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