8 Great Exhibitions to See in Sydney This Summer

From modern art to Star Wars, Sydney comes alive with incredible exhibitions during summer 2018.

We think nothing beats a good exhibition. Seek refuge from Sydney’s summer heat and experience some of the best exhibitions Sydney has to offer. From Star Wars and sharks, to traditional indigenous art, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. And better yet, they’re all housed within iconic Sydney landmarks, so you’ll be able to lap up the history too. 

Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition 

There’s little cooler than Star Wars. At the Powerhouse Museum this summer is the Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition where visitors can explore their own identity through a series of interactive stations. Each answer will shape a unique Star Wars character that you’ll get to meet at the end of the exhibition. You’ll also get to see rare treasures, original props, models and costumes from Lucasfilm such BB-8, the Millennium Falcon, Yoda and Darth Vader’s suit. 

Paul Cézanne "Fruit"

Masters of modern art from the Hermitage

Travelling all the way from Russia’s Hermitage Museum to the Art Gallery of NSW (AGNSW) is the Masters of modern art from the Hermitage exhibition. This exhibition includes a stellar collection of works from artists that defined the modern art movement. On display until 3 March, 2019 are works that document the seismic shifts in European art history through the 1900s, with bold experimentation in colour and form from modern masters such as Picasso, Monet, Matisse and Cézanne. 

Salvador Dali, "Dance of Time" and "Dalinian Dance"

Salvador Dali Art at Billich Gallery

A taste of the surreal is coming to Sydney’s historic neighbourhood this summer. Salvador Dali’s works will be presented in a major exhibition in the Billich Gallery in The Rocks. During the exhibition four huge Dali bronze sculptures will be situated opposite First Fleet Park for public viewing. And yes, the iconic melting clocks are included in the exhibition. 

Li Jiwei, "Don’t Copy II"

On Sharks and Humanity

A universal collection of photography, paintings, drawings, performance, poetry, video and sculpture alongside large-scale installations is on display at the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) from 6 December. Artists from China, Singapore, Germany, the United States and Australia have come together to bring awareness to the importance of shark preservation and environmental protection. On Sharks & Humanity has already travelled across the world and the Sydney showcase will include a unique Australian dimension, featuring works from indigenous artists. 

Humpback Whales

Whales | Tohorā

Whales are huge. But it’s hard to appreciate how huge until you come face-to-face with them. Dive into the immersive Whales | Tohorā exhibition at the Australian Museum. You’ll get to walk through a life-sized heart of a blue whale and view one of the most extensive collections of whale skeletons ever displayed. Explore the diversity and biology of whale life and celebrate the rich culture of their role in South Pacific Islanders history. 

Tommy Watson, "My Country"

Kate Owen Gallery

The Kate Owen Gallery is situated in Sydney’s inner west, just outside the CBD. Three levels of light-filled floors showcase stunning works from indigenous artist from across Australia. Works from masters, established artists and emerging new talent are all on display, with various exhibitions from artists being display throughout the year.

Ronald Jones & Dorothy Rootsy

Street Photography

During the mid-20th century, commercial street photographers were a familiar sight on Sydney’s streets, capturing everyday people as they strode by or stopped to pose. Following a hugely successful public call-out, Street Photography on display at Museum of Sydney draws together photos from hundreds of private family albums, displayed alongside contemporary street photography by photomedia artist Anne Zahalka, capturing people on the streets of Sydney today.

David Goldblatt: Photographs 1948–2018

David Goldblatt is a South African photographer famous for capturing images of his homeland during apartheid. The exhibition of his works, David Goldblatt: Photographs 1948–2018, is on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) throughout summer. You’ll be able to view Goldblatt’s famous photographic series, material from his personal archive and unseen vintage prints.

 David Goldblatt, "A plot-holder, his wife and their eldest son at lunch, Wheatlands, Randfontein".

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