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#91 Jim P

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 05:25 PM

Hi All, I had a chance to see the exhibition and hear the presentation on the weekend and must say it was world class,I was heartened to see a few older ladies in the crowd diligently taking notes and then asking questions. I had the chance to speak to Collin and quickly understood where the passion and expertise comes from. To all that contributed to that, well done. So if you find yourself in Sydney it’s a must see. :clap:
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Posted 28 September 2011 - 01:36 PM

Thanks for all the positive feedback. Here is a photo of Colin cleaning one of the swords just prior to giving the talk.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:38 AM

The display will be temporarily removed from the Art Gallery on the 10th of May until some time in August when the new display will go in. So get along and see it while you can. Mark

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 11:26 AM

Hi all, now moved to the 16th of May due to a special open weekend at the Art Gallery over 12th and 13th. Mark.

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 01:30 PM

Update. New display will take place in September, not August. Stay tuned... Mark

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 12:31 PM

The new display will be set up on the 18th/19th of September. I will update you with a list of items closer to that date. Mark

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 12:37 AM

The sword display went back into the Art Gallery of New South Wales on the 18th of Sept. Regards Mark

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 02:02 AM

Important notice regarding the sword display and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. About the 28th of April the display will be taken down to make way for a different gallery exhibit.

The word display will eventually go back in but maybe not until next year. Please get along and view it while you can. If anyone has a reasonable camera it would be nice if you can post some pics here.

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Posted 06 July 2014 - 12:58 PM

Hi everyone,

I am very happy to announce that the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) has opened its 'Bushido' Exhibition which will run from July 4th to November 4th. Congratulations go to Colin McDonald who was the man behind the 'swords as art' display at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and now the National Gallery of Victoria.

The NGV website link can be found here. http://www.ngv.vic.g... ... he-samurai

I know Colin worked hard on his part of the display. We hope you can get along and if you are based overseas feel free to ask questions or request photos.

Kind Regards

Mark

The first pic is Colin himself talking to a collector (we hope) of the future.

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Posted 24 July 2014 - 03:39 AM

Greetings,

Here is an update of the Bushido display at the National Gallery of Victoria (NVG). The feedback from the Gallery has been excellent, the display being a very popular attraction. Floor talks by NGV staff have been a hit, covering many aspects of samurai life.

Colin has made himself available to collectors for a meetup and chat at the NGV. Anyone from the NMB who would like a personal tour of the collection can pm me and I will arrange a time and date to meet Colin at the Gallery. This is a great opportunity to get a first hand explanation as to why some swords are viewed as Art.

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Posted 12 September 2014 - 10:16 AM

Update,

On Saturday the 6th Colin gave a floor talk at the National Gallery of Victoria covering the sword as art. It was very well attended and met with a round of applause at the conclusion. Andrew Ickeringill also attended the talk. Feedback from the Gallery has been great with them saying it has been the most popular short term (free to public) display so far. A reminder that the display will close November 4. Regards Mark

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Posted 12 September 2014 - 03:48 PM

Would be great on so many levels to have more of these museum shows of private collections, complete with educational content. There are suitable museum sites all over the US, for example, and many collectors with quality items- putting the two together for short term exhibits would expose a much greater part of the populace to the art and culture surrounding our treasures. What a great way to stimulate interest and potentially nurture new collectors....

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Posted 12 September 2014 - 09:52 PM

Would be great on so many levels to have more of these museum shows of private collections


We did this at the Morikami Museum. It was an awesome display of many high level swords and armor. It was well attended by many non-collectors. However, not many "Japanese Sword Collectors" took the time to go. Even many of the local guys never got around to going. Maybe, not such a bad thing, as we are a bunch of codgers. 8)
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Posted 27 October 2014 - 04:39 AM

I am pleased to announce that a major display of swords, fittings and armour has opened in the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Colin has excelled himself again to now have TWO major displays running at the same time at two of the leading galleries in Australia. New South Wales and the National Gallery of Victoria.

I was lucky enough to be with Colin when the display was installed and saw how painstakingly demanding he was of himself to get the display right. It looks great and hope that Australian Collectors can get there for a review. This display opened on October 25 and will go for 1 year. Please note that the Display at the NGV will finish of the 4th of November, so Melbourne collectors don't miss out.

Thanks again to Colin for presenting another quality display, great to be part of it.

Regards

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Posted 27 October 2014 - 12:17 PM

Yes it looks great, tasteful in any aspect. Compliments to Colin. A highlight for the Australian collectors and visitors.
Thanks for sharing
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Posted 27 October 2014 - 07:53 PM

Lovely photos !!

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Posted 31 October 2014 - 04:41 AM

Hello.
I went to the exhibition at the AGNSW yesterday, and would highly recommend anyone in Sydney to do the same. The exhibition is nicely laid out, making it very easy to see the detail in some very fine swords, fittings and armour. My observation of non Nihonto people at the exhibition, is they very interested all the items (eaves-dropping is always good for a laugh) and the exhibition was well attended. Congrats to all involved.
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Posted 30 November 2014 - 12:35 AM

The centrepiece of the gallery display is a recently acquired artwork. It's a very interesting piece. Here is the link provided by the Art Gallery of NSW. http://www.artgaller... ... .2014.a-h/ Mark
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Posted 07 January 2016 - 06:38 AM

Hi everyone. Well the display of art swords and armour at the Art Gallery of New South Wales will close on the 8th of February. Please get along and see it if you can. Here is an instagram link which talks of the display. https://www.instagra...m/p/-Us6dYuYOs/ I hope the link works.

Officially I want to thank Colin for putting on these displays spanning over a decade, I think since 2001, and the other collectors who generously lent pieces for display. Also thank you to the Art Gallery of New South Wales who have been supportive for so many years, presenting swords and fittings as art to the public. Also the National Gallery of Victoria for their display which was haled as the most popular temporary display on record. Also Benalla and Hamilton Galleries for their displays. Mark
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Posted 07 January 2016 - 04:57 PM

Thank you for updating on this over the years.

It has been a touchstone and rolemodel for how I would ultimately like to have displayed my much smaller collection.

 

I wish life was such that I could attend these displays in person.

Thank you for the photographs.


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Posted 08 January 2016 - 03:00 AM

Hello Mark, Im from Vic and had no idea there was any Samurai stuff to look at here. I havnt really looked at this section as it seems all the shows etc are in the US and Europe. Have the Vic and Benella galleries got swords and armour to see or have they lent there stuff to the Nsw gallery? Does anyone know where swords / armour are in Vic to see? Thank you.

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Posted 08 January 2016 - 05:54 AM

Hi Greg. The Sydney display with the exception of some occassional down time has been an ongoing effort starting in 2001. I recommend you jump on a plane and go visit before in closes. You will be glad you did, it is International Level. Don't wait in hope that it will happen again any time soon. All swords displayed have been from private collections lent to the galleries. Like i said get up there. Mark

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Posted 12 January 2016 - 05:54 AM

Hi Mark, unfortunately im not going to be able to make it and i am quite disappointed to miss it. Im planning on getting to Sydney this year to meet with with a new friend i met here (Nmb) and if im really lucky there may be something else Nihonto worth seeing. I know im missing a special display. If anyone has any more pics i would love to see them all please. All the best.

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Posted 12 January 2016 - 06:35 AM

I just realized theres 4 pages to this thread with pics, sorry i will have to pay more attention. Would love to hear about any other Nihonto exhibitions or shows in OZ if any this year. Cheers.

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Posted 10 February 2016 - 10:51 PM

The Curtain Has Closed. Well, Colin and I have just returned from Sydney having taken down the display at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. This particular display was in for about 1.5 years and all displays spanned about 15 years (since 2001) with some occasional down time. A great achievement presenting swords as art to the public. Watching Colin install and remove displays with pain staking attention to detail was a great personal lesson to me. No-one has done more for the 'swords as art' in this country than him.

Well the curtain has closed for now. Thanks Colin.

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Posted 11 February 2016 - 06:49 AM

Sorry to have missed it. I will be in Sidney the last weekend of February :-(
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Posted 01 January 2017 - 07:34 AM

Our last display at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Our passion for presenting swords and armour as art. Mark

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Posted 02 January 2017 - 02:43 PM

Mark and Colin,

 

This remains my favorite thread on NMB.

Thank you for sharing. For me, it is a good way to begin 2017.


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Posted 09 January 2017 - 12:15 AM

Here is a little youtube link to a short video of when we attended the Art Gallery to take down the display which has pretty well run since 2001 at various galleries, predominately the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Mark
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