9 March 2018
One of the country’s most significant collections of contemporary Australian art has a new home in Melbourne’s Arts Precinct in Southbank.
Buxton Contemporary is a new purpose-built museum housing the extraordinary collection of Melbourne collector, Michael Buxton. It is located in the heart of the Melbourne Arts Precinc, as part of the University of Melbourne’s Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) campus,
The Michael Buxton Collection was established in 1995 with a focus on creating a museum-quality art collection based around the work major Australian artists.
The collection now encompasses three generations of artists and more than 300 works. It features the work of 58 artists at the forefront of contemporary art practice, including Howard Arkley, Mike Parr, Tracy Moffatt, Bill Henson, Patricia Piccinini, Pat Bassington, Marco Fusinato and Daniel von Sturmer.
In 2014 Michael Buxton donated the collection to the University of Melbourne and provided funds to build the new museum. Designed by Fender Katsalidis Architects, the museum features a teaching space and five galleries designed to showcase the collection.
The inaugural exhibition in Buxton Contemporary is The shape of things to come, featuring works from more than 20 artists including Ricky Swallow, Emily Floyd, Hany Armanious and Mikala Dwyer.
Buxton Contemporary will be open to the public Wednesdays to Sundays. Admission is free.