Hung, drawn and courted . . .

Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Dunedin Public Art Gallery assistant curator Lauren Gutsell and curatorial intern Henry Davidson are framed by their nearly completed ''Wonderwall'' installation this week.

The exhibition features 59 paintings and a sculpture, all mined from the gallery's 150-year-old collection.

''It takes individual works and creates one new work,'' Ms Gutsell said.

She and Mr Davidson conceived the exhibition through a common desire to blur the boundaries between contemporary and historical art.

''We have both been interested in doing a salon-hang in a contemporary manner for a while,'' Ms Gutsell said.

''We wanted to use works that hadn't been seen for some time. And themes began to develop. The works started to have connections with one another.''

The ''salon-hang'' style was popular in Europe in the 17th century, Mr Davidson said. The centrepiece of the exhibition will be the gallery's replica The Wrestlers sculpture.

''Wonderwall'' opens at the DPAG today and runs until February.

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