Significant museum acquisitions that shapeshift history

Both the National Gallery of Victoria and National Museum of Australia announced significant acquisitions. But why are they important?

Earlier this month, the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) announced it had acquired a painting by ‘the first woman to become a professional painter in Europe’. The value of the painting was not disclosed, but needless to say, these are the kind of milestone markers that collections need as anchor points, and are highly desired.

This week, the National Museum of Australia (NMA) similarly announced it had acquired a painting that was equally a powerful pivot point in Australian stories and First Nations recognition.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina