Beauty Rich and Rare at the SmithsonianWashington D.C.
Art and Science meet in Beauty Rich and Rare, the first Australian exhibition at the world-renowned Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
Initially commissioned by the National Library of Australia, Beauty Rich and Rare is a vibrant, 20-minute digital work of art. By showcasing the flora and fauna that is unique to the continent of Australia, Beauty Rich and Rare recreates the wonder experienced by Joseph Banks and the botanists, scientists, and illustrators who traveled on the HMB Endeavour from England to Australia 250 years ago.
From the moment they enter, visitors are enveloped in Beauty, Rich and Rare. In a darkened room, the breathtaking images unfold on a five-panel screen measuring 20 metres long by 2.5 metres tall (66 feet long by 8 feet tall); surrounding the audience in its 180-degrees. The visual storyline is narrated by renowned Australian personality Angela Catterns.
AGB’s digital artists used modern animation techniques to reinterpret 250-year-old artworks, bringing to life the inspiring story of these courageous people from the Age of Enlightenment, whose curiosity and daring took them to Australia 250 years ago.
Beauty Rich and Rare is showing in Washington D.C. at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History from January 9, 2020 – July 5, 2020.
For a sneak peak of the exhibition, check out the video located on the website of The Embassy of Australia, Washington D.C.
- Theme Global awareness of Australia’s exotic plants and animals is the result of a fascinating story of intrigue, adventure, and daring exploration – all depicted in Beauty Rich and Rare.
- Location Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
- Dates January - July 2020
- Audience Visitors of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds interested in botany, cartography, navigation, indigenous medicine, applied arts, astronomy, and history.