ANAM at NGV: Roger Kemp

Roger Kemp

A Choreography of the Spirit

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Musicians from ANAM perform a curated repertoire inspired by the Roger Kemp: Visionary Modernist exhibition, exploring one of Australia’s great innovators in the field of abstract art.

From Baroque and classical pieces by Bach and Mozart, through to dance music by C.M Weber and jazz pieces by Wayne Shorter and Thelonius Monk, A Choreography of the Spirit takes audiences on an autobiographical journey through Kemp’s musical influences.

Program to include:
SHORTER Nefertiti
VON WEBER Invitation to the Waltz
COLTRANE Impressions
MONK Epistrohpy

Peter Neville percussion
Alexander Meagher VIC percussion
Jennifer Yu QLD harpsichord
Maggie Pang NSW keyboard

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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