Events In Melbourne

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...
8/22/19 to 3/15/20

Roger Kemp: Visionary Modernist

Roger Kemp, "Flight in space I", c.1960–c.1965. Enamel paint on composition board, 136.8 x 183cm. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Purchased through The Art Foundation of Victoria with the assistance of the National Gallery Society of Victoria, Governor, 1983 © Kemp Trust.

From pastel fields of bending trees to dense canvases of deep colour, reminiscent of stained glass windows, the career of the late artist Roger Kemp—widely considered one of Australiaʼs great innovators in the field of abstract art—saw many shifts of focus and progressions into complexity. The “...
9/13/19 to 2/2/20

Civilization: The Way We Live Now

Sato Shintaro, "Kabukicho, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo / Kabukicho, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo", 1997−99, from "Night Lights" series. Inkjet print, 63 x 78.5 x 2.6cm. Courtesy: PGI, Tokyo, © Sato Shintaro.

From brutalist, pastel apartment blocks to crowds of neon signposts jostling for attention, the “Civilization: The Way We Live Now” photography exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) explores the bizarre complexity of life in the 21st century, and documents mass behaviour in urban...
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...
9/27/19 to 3/29/20

Polixeni Papapetrou: Olympia

Polixeni Papapetrou, "The Daydreamer", 2014. From the "Lost Psyche" series, 2014. Inkjet print, 100 x 150cm. Private collection © The estate of Polixeni Papapetrou, Michael Reid Gallery (Sydney) and Jarvis Dooney (Berlin).

The late Polixeni Papapetrou (1961–2018) was a towering figure in Australian contemporary photography. With a career spanning 20 years of practice, her career is often delineated into two eras: before her children were born, and after. The earlier years of her practice centre around carefully...
9/27/19 to 3/29/20

Petrina Hicks: Bleached Gothic

Petrina Hicks, Australia born 1972, "Shenae and Jade", 2005. From "Untitled" series, 2005. Pigment inkjet print, 100 x 93cm (image). Collection of the artist, Michael Reid, Sydney and This Is No Fantasy, Melbourne. © Petrina Hicks. Courtesy of Michael Reid, Sydney and This Is No Fantasy, Melbourne

Beauty and discomfort sit side by side in the hyperreal photographic work of Petrina Hicks. Studying and subverting the visual language of advertising culture through her meticulous portraits of children, animals and young women, the images—seductive at first—are undercut by a sense of the sinister...
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...
11/2/19 to 3/1/20

Terminus at Heide MoMA

Installation view of "Terminus" at Heide Museum of Modern Art. Image © C. Capurro. Courtesy: the artists and Heide Museum of Modern Art.

Part immersive art show, part choose-your-own-adventure narrative and part psychedelic trip, “Terminus” at Heide Museum of Modern Art blurs the line between viewer and participant. A collaboration between artists Jess Johnson and Simon Ward, the exhibition brings Johnson’s otherworldly drawings of...