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On the night of 31 May 1942, three Japanese midget submarines entered the waters of Sydney Harbour – the surprise attack resulted in chaos and panic in the nation’s largest and oldest city and left an indelible mark on Australian identity and the course of our history. 2012 is the 70th Anniversary of these events, and mark this important anniversary, Mosman Art Gallery has commissioned artist Ken Done to interpret and respond to this remarkable story.
In a new series of fourteen powerful and evocative paintings, Ken Done explores these historical events and their impact on Australian society. The resulting exhibition ATTACK: Japanese midget submarines in Sydney Harbour is a compelling and culturally sensitive body of work that deals with themes of empire, self-sacrifice, death, destruction and honour.