The collection of the Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA) consists of almost 3000 objects and works of art. It is a collection of diversity and strength, and like any sustained collection, it wears its history proudly. The careful examination of any such collection is an act of cultural archaeology that variously reveals through-lines of focus, moments of great achievement or generosity, curiosities, spasms of eccentricity, maligned histories, and reasons for deserved civic, personal or institutional pride. The MAMA Collection is no different in this regard.
This spectrum of inquiry and endeavour is no easy thing to map. As such, the hang of the MAMA art collection, under the banner of Land & Title, did not attempt a comprehensive survey. Rather, it seeked moments of connection between art works that bridged divides of time, style, medium and origin.
Land & Title was an exclusively Australian exhibition, and took its title from Albury’s Land and Title Building, which was renovated to form part of the MAMA redevelopment.
The works of the nineteen artists presented in Land and Title collectively offered a story of the complexity, difference and strength of recent Australian art practice, and the relationship between the art and the environment in which it was made.