Brisbane-born David Malouf is one of Australia’s finest authors of contemporary literature. Celebrating his 80th birthday this year, his works are considered classics throughout the world and span novels, poetry, libretti, short stories and a play.
Among the most loved of Malouf’s works are those set in his hometown of Brisbane including his first novel Johnno and the semi-autobiographical 12 Edmonstone Street. One of the first to truly articulate Brisbane’s identity through his poetry and novels, Malouf’s writing vividly evokes the feeling of the city and its suburbs with its shady verandahs, summer storms and sticky heat.
His work marks the emergence of Brisbane as a subject for artistic inspiration, influencing countless artists across all art forms to embrace their Queensland identity and explore Brisbane as a muse. In David Malouf and friends five contemporary artists (Anna Carey, Karla Marchesi, Noel McKenna, Bruce Reynolds and Camille Serisier) pay homage to Malouf by creating new artworks inspired by his writing.
Showcasing the broad and timeless themes of his work, the artists explore the familiar layers of his writing – from childhood memories to the crossover of European traditions and the Australian dream. In turn Malouf will respond to the artist’s creations in writing featured in the exhibition.
Curated by Peter Denham and guest curator Renai Grace, visitors to David Malouf and friends will discover the work and life story of Brisbane’s greatest literary icon and the influence of his lasting voice that will resonate for generations to come.
With a substantial program of accompanying events, including appearances from David Malouf himself, the exhibition promises to be a truly fitting celebration of an extraordinary Australian.
David Malouf and friends
Museum of Brisbane – City Hall, Adelaide Street, Brisbane
Exhibition continues to 23 November 2014
For more information, visit: www.museumofbrisbane.com.au for details.
Image: David Malouf – photo by Conrad Del Villar