ANAM at NGV: Roger Kemp

Roger Kemp

Landscapes of the Mind

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Meg and Molly are joined by musicians from ANAM to perform curated repertoire inspired by the Roger Kemp: Visionary Modernist exhibition, exploring one of Australia’s great innovators in the field of abstract art.

Medieval dance music meets modern drone and soundscape works to create an atmospheric mood inspired by Roger Kemp’s dark masterpieces, exploring repetition, sequence and dance influences.

Madrigals for 4 voices
GERVAISE Sixieme livre de danceries (Danceries, Livre 6)
MUHLY Drones for viola and piano
CHANCE Aurora (Dawn is Transient)

Meg Cohen NSW violin
Molly Collier-O'Boyle QLD viola
ANAM Musicians

Duration: approx. 1 hour

Presented in partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria



Roger Kemp is recognised as one of Australia’s great innovators in the field of abstract art. He was a unique and enigmatic artist, different from almost all others of his generation. His interest was not in the overriding traditions of figurative and landscape art, nor the prevailing trends in non-objective art, but rather something much deeper and more metaphysical. Kemp’s concerns were ‘to make visible the invisible’.

Roger Kemp: Visionary Modernist is the first major exhibition to chart the development of Kemp’s extraordinary career, beginning with his earliest paintings of symbolic landscapes and angular dancing figures, through his work of the 1950s – where the human form is transfigured and becomes part of an abstract structure – to his late works which reveal an artist whose concerns go beyond the physical world.

Artwork credit:
Roger Kemp
Flight in space I 1961 – c. 1965 (detail)
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased through The Art Foundation of Victoria with the assistance of the National Gallery Society of Victoria, Governor, 1983
© Kemp estate


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