C OLL E C TOR A N D C OLL E C T E D : E X P LORI N G T H E I N T E R C U LT U RAL N AT U R E O F A M U S E U M C OLL E C TIO N – TAASA Review December 2010
Siobhan Campbell A s museums around the world acknowledge the need for greater interaction with the producers of their cultural heritage collections, research on the Forge Collection of Balinese Art at the Australian Museum in Sydney is generating new perspectives on the artistic and scholarly processes behind the formation of this museum collection. Anthony Forge (background, left) attends a ceremony at the Pura Bale Batur in Kamasan, Bali, August 1973.
Forge Archive, where? photographer unknown. The Australian anthropologist and collector Anthony Forge (1929-1991) spent one year in Kamasan village, Bali, between 1972 and 1973 and conducted a detailed study of traditional paintings on cloth.
During this fieldwork and on a couple of later visits Forge acquired the 160 paintings that now constitute the Forge Collection at the Australian Museum, Sydney...