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Ecstasy: Baroque and Beyond

An exhibition at The University of Queensland Art Museum.

Date: Saturday 16 September 2017 to Sunday 25 February 2018
Venue: The University of Queensland Art Museum, James and Mary Emelia Mayne Centre, Building 11, University Drive, St Lucia QLD

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Almost four centuries after its creation, Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s St Teresa in Ecstasy (1652) remains the emblem for religious visionary experience and baroque sensibilities in art. Going beyond the sensuous suffering depicted by Bernini, ‘Ecstasy: Baroque and Beyond’ brings historical depictions of ecstatic experiences together with modern and contemporary works that feature transcendence of normal consciousness, trance or trancelike states, expanded spiritual awareness and visionary experiences. From saints and mystics to bacchanalian fetes and dreamscapes, the exhibition also explores how Baroque stylistics ‒ including theatricality, exaggeration, high drama, extravagance, frenzy and excess ‒ to permeate the work of contemporary artists.

Curated by Dr Andrea Bubenik (The University of Queensland).

Presented by the UQ Node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions and the University of Queensland Art Museum.


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Image: Nigel Milsom, Judo House Part 6 (the white bird) 2014–2015, oil on linen, Collection of Art Gallery of New South Wales. Contemporary Collection Benefactors 2015, with the generous assistance of Alenka Tindale, Peter Braithwaite, Anon, Chrissie & Richard Banks, Susan Hipgrave & Edward Waring, Abbey & Andrew McKinnon. Reproduced courtesy of the artist and Yuill|Crowley, Sydney.