The light fades but the gods remain

Bill Henson

The light fades but the gods remain is a major exhibition showcasing two key series by Bill Henson, one of Australia’s most eminent artists, exploring the suburb of Glen Waverley where he grew up. In celebration of MGA’s 25th anniversary, Bill Henson was commissioned to revisit the suburb of his childhood and to produce a new body of work that reflects upon his earlier series Untitled 1985–86.

Art Exhibition previously on at MGA - Monash Gallery of Art in Melbourne precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Saturday 27 July 2019 to Sunday 29 September 2019

Untitled 107 image

Published by Monash Gallery of Art on Tuesday 27 August 2019.
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Untitled 1985–86 is known by many as ‘the suburban series’.

This ground-breaking commission offers an unparalleled insight into one of Australia’s most revered artists, as he explores the notion of home, intensifying the everyday to a point of dramatic revelation and romantic beauty.

Publication with Thames & Hudson

The exhibition will be accompanied by a comprehensive publication, The light fades but the gods remain, co-published with Thames & Hudson Australia.

Hardback and clothbound with a jacket featuring one of Bill Henson’s iconic photographs, this publication is more work of art than exhibition catalogue.

Including over 150 pages of Henson’s most personal works and texts relating to the two series, The light fades but the gods remain is a visual celebration and tribute to one of Australia’s most eminent artists.

The limited edition, presented in a slipcase, will be available from the MGA Shop for $150.

The publication launch date will be announced shortly.