Detail. Robert Wood, The Ruins of Palmyra, otherwise Tedmor, in the Desart, 1753Publisher's note: that is the correct spelling of Desart.




Through the last five hundred years, ancient ruins have been uncovered, rediscovered and reinterpreted. They have provoked architectural inspiration. They have been studied to develop and support theories on how to build and how to value building. They have prompted reflection upon the end of Empire and upon the demise of civilization. In turn, they have provoked thoughts of future civilizations rising.

This exhibition of books and prints of the last four centuries traces changes in the way the West has related to the architecture of antiquity. Works displayed are from the collections of the University of Otago Library. Through text and illustrations the exhibition ponders how the material of the past has variously been unpacked and repackaged.











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12 September - 28 November 2002 ~ de Beer Gallery
Central Library, University of Otago
Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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  15 January, 2003

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