Big hit exhibitions to see these summer holidays

Posted 20 December 2018

Its hard to beat this fabulous array of things to see in Victoria this summer, so we are sharing them as is… please follow the link to ArtsHub for the full list and beautiful pictures.

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Patricia Piccinini & Joy Hester – two great women artists meet over love

Love and intimacy are the focus of this major exhibition that pairs the work of globally renowned artist Patricia Piccinini with that of important Australian modernist Joy Hester.

Patricia Piccinini & Joy Hester: Through love … presents more than 50 works, including a major new sculpture by Piccinini and rarely-seen works by Hester, that show the incredible spectrum of human and non-human relationships, from romantic love and maternal devotion through to the connections formed between humans and animals, and animate and inanimate objects.

Catch it at Tarrawarra Museum of Art until 11 March 2019. This exhibition has been curated by Victoria Lynn. Details at

Turn your world inside out in Melbourne

Escher X nendo | Between Two Worlds is the first exhibition in the world to feature the extraordinary work of Dutch graphic artist and master of optical illusion M. C. Escher in dialogue with the work of acclaimed Japanese design studio nendo, led by designer Oki Sato.

Seamlessly presenting the worlds of one of the 20th century’s most recognisable artists and one of the 21st century’s most inventive designers, the exhibition features more than 150 of Escher’s most renowned prints and drawings from the collection of Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, presented in an immersive exhibition space designed by nendo, alongside never-before-seen work from the design studio.

Escher X nendo | Between Two Worlds will explore Escher’s unique artistic vision covering the full span of his career, from 1916 through to his final work produced in 1969. Showing at the National Gallery of Victoria until 7 April 2019.

Installation view of  Julian Opie exhibition space at NGV International; Photo: Tom Ross

And, while you are there, take in 60 of Julian Opie’s instantly recognisable works in the artist’s first major Australian exhibition – from a city of skyscrapers standing nearly 13 metres high at its tallest point, to a school of animated fish that appear to swim behind the falling water of the NGV’s waterwall. This is a great one for kids. Showing until 17 February 2019 at NGV International.

Anna Breckon and Nat Randall, Rear View 2018, production still. Courtesy the artists. Photograph: Ross Turley

New biennial series launched at ACCA

Check out the inaugural Macfarlane Commissions at the Australia Centre for Contempoary Art (ACCA), in Melbourne’s cultural hub, Southbank. The Theatre is Lyingincludes artists Anna Breckon and Nat Randall, Sol Calero, Consuelo Cavaniglia, Matthew Griffin, Daniel Jenatsch and has been curated in house by Max Delany and Annika Kristensen.

The first in a new biennial series of commissions exhibitions supported by The Macfarlane Fund, The Theatre is Lying features five ambitious new works by artists who share an interest in the construction of alternative narratives and worlds through illusionary, illusory, cinematic and theatrical devices – put simply, it delves into the world of conspiracy theories, red herrings, smoke and mirrors, espionage and spy dramas, and the representations and misrepresentations of cinema and media. What is true and what is not? Very 21st century.

The Theatre is Lying opens this weekend: 15 December – 24 March 2019. Free.

Scienceworks looks to the Moon this summer

This summer, Scienceworks is over the moon to feature two incredible lunar experiences: Opaque Space’s new Earthlight: Lunar Hub virtual reality experience and Museum of the Moon, an astronomical seven metre sculpture of the moon.

Inspired by their recent collaboration with NASA, building astronaut training simulations,  Melbourne-based outfit Opaque Space have created a truly unforgettable VR experience halfway between gaming and space exploration. Six players collaborate live on-site to journey through a lunar craft and undertake a moonwalk. All within a painstakingly realistic moon environment.  Earthlight: Lunar Hub was recently recognised at the Australian Game Developer Awards as “a game beyond entertainment”.

After the spine-tingling experience of walking on the moon, visitors can immerse themselves in a more contemplative experience involving this alluring celestial body. Museum of the Moon is a luminousr sculpture of the moon, seven-metre diameter, developed by UK artist, Luke Jerram. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, Jerram has painstakingly re-created the shape and surface of the moon utilising NASA-produced high-resolution imagery of the moon’s surface.

Catch them both at Scienceworks in Spotswood until 28 April 2019.
Museum of the Moon: Free with Scienceworks entry
Earthlight: Lunar Hub: Adults $22 + Scienceworks entry | Members $20 + Scienceworks entry

Frida Kahlo, her photos

Renowned Mexican artist Frida Kahlo had a special relationship with photography, and meticulously accumulated a vast collection of photographs over the course of her life.

This exhibition of her photos draws from the extensive archive of the Casa Azul (Blue House), Kahlo’s former home and now a museum dedicated to this much loved artist’s life and work and its archive of more than 6500 images – 257 are shown in this exhibition at Bendigo Art Gallery, until 10 February 2019.

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