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The Ian Potter Museum of Art

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Address: Swanston Street | The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria 3010, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 8344 5148
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Boutique gallery is good value

"The Potter" as it is known shows modern and contemporary art. It is on the campus of the University of Melbourne, accessed through Swanston St. The Potter has some good... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 22, 2015
Jeffry B
Melbourne, Australia

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum come art space was fantastic. Off the northern end of Swanston St in the University of Melbourne, it is an interesting combination of museum and art space. The feature exhibition was a series of ink sketches and linoprints by William Kentridge, a South African born in the mid 1950's to parents whose activism was steeped in the anti-apartheid... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

I'm not usually a fan of modern art, and honestly, some of the works here were not at all to my taste. However, I found some wonderful exhibits there that made me open my heart to a little more contemporary art. The "Lurid Beauty" exhibit was fascinating and in some areas, disturbing. I am fairly new to surrealism, but found... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

"The Potter" as it is known shows modern and contemporary art. It is on the campus of the University of Melbourne, accessed through Swanston St. The Potter has some good exhibitions. Visitors seem reluctant to enter for some odd reason. Sir Ian Potter was one of Melbourne's top stockbrokers. Sir Ian devoted his fortune to enriching Melbourne's cultural scene

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015 via mobile

The current exhibition from the Kerry Stokes collection of medieval illuminated manuscripts and paintings is well worth a visit.

Thank Tom B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015 via mobile

The exhibition currently up in this gallery contains a range of medieval objects, paintings and sculptures. While the centrepiece "Rothschild Prayer Book" is a magnificent and beautiful art work, there are many other works that make a visit worthwhile. A painting of calvary by Pieter Breughel the younger contains so much detail and many different strands of the cruxification narrative.... More 

Thank Peter R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015 via mobile

What a terrific taste of Australia is presented at this gallery. The curators have done an excellent job to exhibit a range of the best of Australian artists, with snippets of a variety of subject matter and styles in the compact collection on display. We were lucky to be able to enjoy the AFL Grand Final display from the Hermannsburg... More 

Thank Harrytravellers
Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I was fortunate to get a guided tour with Winonah. She showed me the early painters who recorded in minute detail the early days of Australian settlement and how the styles changed to capturing the moment in impressionism. I got a brief introduction to aboriginal art too. This is a great collection in a wonderful space. Don't miss it if... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Until end March there is an exhibition of Richard Avedon's portrait photography which is just great - and free! I would have paid. A nice little art museum and worth a visit just for the Leckie stained glass window which is lovely and hangs in the atrium. Note Saturday and Sunday the gallery opens at 12noon.

Thank Dianna C
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015 via mobile

Worth a short visit. It isn't a big gallery, but still has some interesting pieces and exhibitions. Connected to ACMI and is near the NGV- so you could have yourself an art day!

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

I wish the University of Melbourne people would change the name of this art museum. It's so often confused with NGV's gallery at Federation Square (as a number of reviews here show), and from my observation it's under-publicised and under-visited. As Potter was a benefactor, his name is associated with both the University and NGV institutions, but they are quite... More 

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