A Life in Ten Acquisitions

A Life in Ten Acquisitions
Treasures Talk with Nat Williams Talks / Lecture

Earle, Augustus, (1793-1838), A bivouac of travellers in Australia in a cabbage-tree forest, day break, 1838, nla.cat-vn339097
 When
19 February 2020, 6pm-7pm
 Where
Theatre, Lower Ground 1

free

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The need for a grand narrative in the life and obsessive collecting of Rex Nan Kivell is telling. His collecting stories, invented or elaborated, are engaging and, when examined, often untrue. Without doubt however, was the significance of the items he collected and frequently ‘boosted’ through imaginative tall tales.

Examining key acquisitions made over decades, Curator Nat Williams will test the stories surrounding them and what this can tell us today. 

 

A Treasures Gallery Access Program, supported by National Library Patrons

Image: Earle, Augustus, (1793-1838), A bivouac of travellers in Australia in a cabbage-tree forest, day break, 1838, nla.cat-vn339097