Enchanted dome: the Library and imagination

The State Library’s domed La Trobe Reading Room is a Melbourne icon, a space that has inspired writers and artists since it opened on 14 November 1913.

This exhibition celebrated the dome’s 100th anniversary, featuring representations of the dome in art and literature from the 1950s to today. They included prints by Marco Luccio, paintings by Louise Forthun, cartoons by Oslo Davis and Barry Dickins, and photographs by John Gollings and Mark Strizic. Writers represented include Ray Lawler, Shane Maloney and Arnold Zable.

Historian Stuart Macintyre described the dome as a ‘magical hidden place’. This idea resonated through this display, from Cernak’s whimsical ink drawings to Rick Amor’s brooding canvas of the dome at night.

This is was free exhibition, open during Library hours. It was one of many Dome Centenary events taking place in 2013, to celebrate our iconic dome and all that it enables.

Image gallery

View our Enchanted dome image gallery to view some highlights of the exhibition.

Our Dome Centenary

Visit our Dome Centenary website and join us for a year of stories, activities and special events as we head towards the 100th anniversary of our iconic dome in November 2013.