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Australian-exclusive exhibition to rock Ballarat

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04 Jun 2024

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Forty iconic guitars from America’s National Guitar Museum will take centre stage in an Australian-exclusive exhibition in Ballarat.

Medieval to Metal: The Art & Evolution of the Guitar will go on show at the Art Gallery of Ballarat from 12 October 2024 until 2 February 2025.

Track the history of the world’s most popular instrument from its medieval beginnings through to the guitar’s pivotal role in blues, country, rock ‘n’ roll and metal.

Sharing the spotlight will be an awe-inspiring line-up of photographs, paintings, drawings, illustrative designs and objects. 

Celebrate the history of guitars through a nostalgic collection of iconic images by renowned rock photographer Neil Zlozower, alongside photographic works by Australian music documenter Tony Mott. 

P. de GUERCINO (after), Two musicians etching printed in brown ink, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Gift of John H. Connell, 1917

The exhibition will also feature a collection of music-inspired masterpieces from Australian institutions plus newly-acquired works from the Art Gallery of Ballarat collection, representing almost two centuries of music symbolism in culture and art. 

Medieval to Metal tickets go on sale from next month at

And stay tuned for details about a series of guitar-related talks, workshops and live performances.

Main image: Tony Mott, Troy Cassar Daly, 2009. Photograph courtesy of the artist


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