Domenico de Clario

National Gallery of Victoria

Domenico de Clario’s The Seventh Ãrit (Elemental Landscapes: 1975–1993), 1993, was a reinstallation of an earlier exhibition during which two out of five installations had been dismanteled two days before it opened in 1975. In a storm of controversy, the museum had ordered the pieces destroyed, prompting a sit-in by angry artists and students. The five installations in the earlier show incorporated 19th-century landscape paintings on display at the National Gallery of Victoria, and each represented one of the following elements: fire, water, earth, ether, and air. In its expanded reincarnation, de Clario brought together an eccentric collection of objects from the museum’s vast holdings: European landscape paintings by Claude Lorrain and J.M.W. Turner, an Egyptian mummy, crockery from the cafeteria, sentimental Victorian narrative paintings, ladders from the maintenance department, antique

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