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6/24/19 to 6/1/20

Wayward Women? at Old Treasury Building

Portrait of Beatrice Phillips as part of the "Wayward Women?" exhibition at Old Treasury Building

In the late 19th to early 20th centuries, women who transgressed societal mores were judged harshly. While some prospered, many of them paid dearly for their actions—but not all for nothing. The “Wayward Women?” exhibition at Melbourne's Old Treasury Building follows the stories of 10 women from...
8/9/19 to 8/9/20

Rain Room at Jackalope Pavilion

"Rain Room" by Random International. Image courtesy: MoMa.

Participant art is one thing; standing in a 100-square-metre field of continuous rainfall that doubles as an immersive art installation is another. "Rain Room" by art collective Random International has been experienced by more than half a million people worldwide, and has been installed for...
9/20/19 to 4/13/20

KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness

KAWS and David Sims, 'UNTITLED', 2001. Acrylic on photograph, 40.6 x 30.5cm.

Arguably one of the most distinctive artists of his generation, Brian Donnelly, a.k.a. KAWS, makes his Australian debut from September 20 with a massive retrospective exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). Born in 1975, KAWS is known for his playful, toy-like sculptures and paintings...
10/31/19 to 7/26/20

Collecting Comme at NGV

Comme des Garçons, Tokyo (fashion house) Japan established 1969, Rei Kawakubo, (designer), Japan born 1942. "Cape, shorts, socks and boots", 2014. "Blood and Roses" collection, Spring–Summer 2015 (detail). Collection of Takamasa Takahashi.

Since the late 1970s, the mission of Japanese fashion designer Rei Kawakubo has been “to make clothes that didn’t exist before”. Season after season, the collections produced by her label Comme des Garçons have radically redefined the possibilities of clothing and reframed ideas of beauty, shape...
11/1/19 to 7/12/20

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

The Australian company of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child". Photo: Matt Murphy.

A blockbuster of a production, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” has already won 24 major theatre awards—including six Tony Awards—since it first opened on Broadway in April 2018. Split into two parts, the musical represents the eighth story in J.K. Rowling’s acclaimed children’s book series, and...
11/14/19 to 4/19/20

Shirin Neshat: Dreamers

Shirin Neshat, "Illusions & Mirrors", 2013 (still). Black and white, XX film. Courtesy: The artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels, © Shirin Neshat.

Since the early 1990s, Iranian-born artist and filmmaker Shirin Neshat has been exploring the complex relationship of feminity to Islam through dreamy portraits and disquieting video works. The current "Dreamers" exhibition at Melbourne's NGV International brings together three video installations...
12/1/19 to 4/11/20

Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines at NGV

Keith Haring, "Prophets of rage", 1988. Acrylic on canvas, 304.8 x 457.2cm. The Keith Haring Foundation, New York © Keith Haring Foundation.

Each year over the Melbourne summer, the city’s most significant public gallery—National Gallery of Victoria—holds a “Summer Blockbuster” exhibition that brings the world’s most important artists through its doors and stages their work in radical new ways. This year, the exhibition is a collision...
12/10/19 to 12/10/20

Shrine of Remembrance

Sunday afternoons at Melbourne's Shrine of Remembrance now have an added poignancy with the introduction of the weekly Last Post Service at 4.45pm. People exploring this beautiful monument can conclude their visit by joining this ceremony, which honours Victorian veterans. Each week reflects on...
2/16/20 to 4/12/20

Shrek The Musical

Photo: Helen Maybanks.

Based on the Oscar-winning, side-splitting Dreamworks film, “Shrek The Musical” is the lavish, multi-million-dollar stage adaptation that has made its way to Melbourne. The unlikely hero Shrek and his band of fairytale misfits are brought to life by a star-studded cast, including a special...
2/20/20 to 4/19/20

Billy Elliot The Musical

"Billy Elliot The Musical". Photo: James D. Morgan.

Seen by more than 12 million people around the world, “Billy Elliot The Musical”—the legendary story of a boy’s journey from boxing ring to ballet class—returns to Melbourne. The recipient of more than 85 international theatre awards, this extraordinary production features original songs by the...