Paul Compton, Ex Libris, 2011, handmade book with ink, tea and gouache illustrations, collection of the artist
Level 2a, Main entry, Swanston St
The State Library’s domed La Trobe Reading Room is a Melbourne icon, a space that has inspired writers and artists since it opened on 14 November 1913.
This exhibition celebrates the dome’s forthcoming 100th anniversary, featuring representations of the dome in art and literature from the 1950s to today. They include prints by Marco Luccio, paintings by Louise Forthun, cartoons by Oslo Davis and Barry Dickins, and photographs by John Gollings and Mark Strizic. Writers represented include Ray Lawler, Shane Maloney and Arnold Zable.
Historian Stuart Macintyre described the dome as a ‘magical hidden place’. This idea resonates through this display, from Cernak’s whimsical ink drawings to Rick Amor’s brooding canvas of the dome at night.
This is a free exhibition, open during Library hours. It is one of many Dome Centenary events taking place in 2013, to celebrate our iconic dome and all that it enables.
Flickering lights and patterns are used in the music video presented in this exhibition.
View our Enchanted dome image gallery to view some highlights of the exhibition.
Our Dome Centenary
Visit our Dome Centenary website and join us for a year of stories, activities and special events as we head towards the 100th anniversary of our iconic dome in November 2013.