Best selling Australian novelist Robert Dessaix explores the idea of love and Lambert at the National Gallery of Australia

6pm Saturday 15 September


Robert Dessaix, former presenter of ABC Radio National’s literary program, Books and Writing and best selling author, will present a public lecture at 6 pm Saturday September 15 at the National Gallery of Australia.

The celebrity lecture presented as part of the Gallery’s public program of events for the George W. Lambert exhibition, provides visitors with an opportunity to hear Robert Dessaix speak on his favourite topic. It also provides visitors with a last chance to view the popular exhibition George W. Lambert retrospective: heroes and icons, closing on Sunday 16 September.

The lecture, entitled ‘Love etcetera’, is about different kinds of love, something Robert Dessaix refers to in his most recent work Twilight of Love: Tales of Turgenev, a biography of the 19th century Russian aristocrat writer, and a personal travelogue interwoven with Turgenev’s ideas, on subjects close to Robert’s heart.

Exploring these ideas of love, Robert Dessaix references the kinds of love experienced by artists like George Lambert. The exhibition catalogue written by Anna Gray, curator of the far-reaching retrospective exhibition now on at the National Gallery, also explores these themes in her essay on Lambert’s life, and quotes from Robert Dessaix’s book Twilight of Love.
Robert Dessaix lectured at the Australian National University from 1972 – 1984, and is well known to Canberra audiences. A writer and speaker renowned for his articulate expression of human emotions and desires, Robert Dessaix promises to challenge his audience to consider the inner recesses of their own hearts, and to contemplate the aspects of love in all its various forms, which connect us all.

Robert Dessaix lecture
: National Gallery of Australia
When: Saturday 15 September
Time: 6.00pm


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