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Gerber Australian


Born 1956, Delft, The Netherlands. Lives and works Sydney.

Working primarily with painting and photography, Matthys Gerber’s practice employs a range of contradictory techniques, executed with expert skill, that hover uncomfortably between abstraction and representation. With a career spanning more than three decades, Gerber has exhibited widely in Australia and internationally, including survey exhibitions at the Musem of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney (2015) and Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide (1998).

Selected group exhibitions include I Want to Change the World, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts (GAFA) Art Museum, Guangzhou, China (2014); Poetry, Dream & the Cosmos: The Heide Collection, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne (2013); Forever Young: 30 Years of the Heide Collection, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne (2011); Colour Bazaar: Nine Contemporary Works, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne (2011); The Shilo Project, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne (2009); Turrbal-Jagera: The University of Queensland Art Projects 2006, University of Queensland, Brisbane (2009); Beijing International Art Biennale, China National Museum of Fine Arts, Beijing (2003); It’s a Beautiful Day. New Painting in Australia: 2, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne and Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2002); Painting: An Arcane Technology, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne (2001); Exploratory Behaviour: Contemporary Art from the Permanent Collection, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (1999); EAT!, MCA, Sydney (1998); Photography is Dead! Long Live Photography!, MCA, Sydney; Virtual Reality, 1st Australian Biennial, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (1994); and Wit’s End, MCA, Sydney (1993).

His work is included in numerous Australian public collections as well as a number of corporate and private collections nationally and abroad. The major monograph Matthys Gerber was published by the MCA on the occasion of his solo exhibition in September 2015.


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