The cancer puzzle: patterns, paradoxes and personalities


July 31st, 2017 to February 24th, 2018

Curated by Jacky Healey

The story of cancer is complex and extremely personal. It is a disease shrouded in fear and dread. There are many types of cancer and for generations doctors and researchers have been frantically searching for remedies. At the moment the so-called ‘blunt instruments’ of surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy are still the main medical treatments, however new approaches and technologies are emerging.

This exhibition will explore the roles of key individuals, public education campaigns and cutting edge research. It will also explore the personal responses of cancer sufferers through the work of contemporary artists who have cancer. The Cancer Puzzle will draw on the collections of the Harry Brookes Allen Museum of Anatomy and Pathology, the Medical History Museum, University of Melbourne Archives, Cancer Council Victoria and other major collections.