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Tempest is a major new art exhibition conceived and developed by internationally acclaimed curator Juliana Engberg for the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG).

With its roots in the Shakespearean play of the same name, Tempest will transform the TMAG’s galleries into a world of shipwrecks and stormy seas, romance, discovery, tragedy and magic, creating a new and exciting experience for visitors.

Historic works from TMAG and other state collections will be shown alongside contemporary works by international and Australian artists including Tacita Dean, Valerie Sparks, Fiona Tan, William Kentridge, Victor Alimpiev, Hernan Bas, Mariele Neudecker, Rodney Graham, Pat Brassington, Rosemary Laing, Paul Wood, Ricky Swallow, Kit Wise and David Stephenson.

Visitors to TMAG will begin their journey through Tempest as they enter the whimsical and evocative Prospero’s Library in the iconic Central Gallery. Designed in response to the magical powers of Shakespeare’s Prospero, it will evoke a sense of wonder and discovery with flying books, bookcases, natural history specimens and historical artefacts, providing a richly decorated setting for events and public programs throughout the exhibition period.

In the main exhibition spaces, Tempest will create an organic ‘tempestuous’ trail for visitors to follow through the temporary galleries, as well as extra ‘interventions’ in the museum’s permanent exhibitions and transitional spaces such as the stairwells, foyers, and historic Watergate entrance.

A rich and dynamic public program will be presented throughout the six month exhibition period, exploring themes from the exhibition in a variety of media. TMAG will partner with local arts organisations and festivals such as Terrapin Puppet Theatre, Festival of Voices, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Blue Cow Theatre Inc. to deliver an exciting program of events, programs and performances.


Tempest is presented by TMAG in association with Detached Cultural Organisation and Dark Mofo. The project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

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Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery – TMAG
Dunn Place, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

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