Past Exhibitions

The light fades but the gods remain
Bill Henson

27 July 2019 to 29 September 2019

The light fades but the gods remain is a major exhibition showcasing two key series by Bill Henson, one of Australia’s most eminent artists, exploring the suburb of Glen Waverley where he grew up.

In celebration of MGA’s 25th anniversary, Bill Henson was commissioned to revisit the suburb of his childhood and to produce a new body of work that reflects upon his earlier series Untitled 1985–86, known by many as ‘the suburban series’.

This ground-breaking commission offers an unparalleled insight into one of Australia’s most revered artists, as he explores the notion of home, intensifying the everyday to a point of dramatic revelation and romantic beauty.

Curator: Pippa Milne


Publication with Thames & Hudson

The exhibition will be accompanied by a comprehensive publication, The light fades but the gods remain, co-published with Thames & Hudson Australia.

Hardback and clothbound with a jacket featuring one of Bill Henson’s iconic photographs, this publication is more work of art than exhibition catalogue.

Including over 150 pages of Henson’s most personal works and texts relating to the two series, The light fades but the gods remain is a visual celebration and tribute to one of Australia’s most eminent artists.

The limited edition, presented in a slipcase is available from the MGA Shop for $150.

Upcoming Exhibitions

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  • The Tucker portraits
  • Portrait of Monash: the ties that bind
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Past Exhibitions

Travelling Exhibitions

  • John Gollings: the history of the built world

Bowness Prize

  • William & Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
  • William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
  • William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2015 Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2014 Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2013 Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2012 Bowness Photography Prize
  • William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize 2011
  • William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize 2010
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