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Artists and agenda-setting exhibitions in Australia and around the globe.

‘Urban lighthouse’: The kaleidoscopic MPavilion 2021 opens in Melbourne
“Delivering The Lightcatcher under such challenging global circumstances is a testament to both the remarkable minds behind the design and the teams who realised its construction,” Naomi says of the shared achievement MPavilion 2021 represents. “[This year’s] inspirational pavilion is poised to reinvigorate our city as it plays host for the summer to the energy […]
Art
December 2, 2021
‘Bark Ladies’: An exhibition of work by the Yolŋu women of Arnhem Land to open at NGV
Buku is located in a small Aboriginal community called Yirrkala, the place referenced in the exhibition’s title, which is approximately 700 kilometres east of Darwin, the capital of Northern Territory in Australia. According to the staff at Buku, local Yolŋu Law dictates that ‘land’ extends to include the sea. They suggest that both dry land […]
Art
November 26, 2021
The Depot in Rotterdam unlocks 151,000 pieces of art and design
Breaking away from a tradition of concealment, the design of the Depot shines a light on “previously invisible” artefacts by unlocking its storage vaults for public access. “Currently many international museums can only showcase six to seven percent of their collections in exhibitions,” the MVRDV team explain. “The remaining 94 percent is [usually] hidden in […]
Architecture
November 12, 2021
The first art exhibition at Egypt’s Giza Pyramids in 4500 years
“The pyramids of Egypt have a long, illustrious history of [an] extraordinary kind that has fascinated and inspired artists from all over the world,” says Nadine Abdel Ghaffar, founder of Art D’Égypte. “I have always been in awe of this extraordinary ancient civilisation that has influenced generations,” she insists. But getting the exhibition off the […]
Art
October 28, 2021
Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s vision for the Arc de Triomphe realised after 60 years
The artists went on to fabric-wrap a number of other monuments and buildings in the mid-1960s, and pursued more than a dozen ambitious projects around the world in the years that followed. They wrapped a 92,900-square-metre section of the Australian coastline in 1969 and cloaked Paris’ Pont-Neuf bridge with fabric in 1985. Ten years later, […]
Art
September 22, 2021
Italy now: Murano glass sparkles in the spotlight
Already linked by their shared passion for revitalising contemporary glass, the two institutions have now come together during the Venice Biennale of Architecture to showcase modern glass art and design by way of a glittering exhibition. Titled ‘Glass to Glass’, the presentation is the ultimate celebration of the skilled artists and designers working with Murano […]
Art
July 22, 2021
Powerhouse: ‘Clay Dynasty’ charts 50 years of Australian studio ceramics
“The Powerhouse collection of Australian studio ceramics is the most significant in Australia,” says Lisa Havilah, chief executive of the Powerhouse Museum. “We are committed to continuing to support contemporary Australian artists and documenting this significant field of practice for future generations.” The making of ‘Clay Dynasty’ The ‘Clay Dynasty’ exhibit will feature works by […]
Art
July 16, 2021
Final days: ‘Intersections’ by Ian Strange lights up Sydney nights
Ian’s latest work, titled ‘Light Intersections II’ from the Intersections series, has recently landed in Surry Hills as part of the City of Sydney’s Art & About program. The artwork sees 120 metres of LED light beams dramatically break through a graffiti-tagged terrace house. The light is used to draw attention to the Victorian architecture […]
Art
July 2, 2021
Rock star Matthew Simmonds carves miniature buildings into solid stone
Merging this lightbulb moment with his life-long fascination of stone buildings, Matthew decided to study architectural stone carving at Weymouth Technical College in the UK’s south. This led to gratifying work on the restoration of several major English monuments, including Westminster Abbey in London and the cathedrals of Salisbury and Ely. It wasn’t until 1997, […]
Art
June 3, 2021
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At the NGV: Australian Impressionism shines in the sunlight
Open to audiences until August 22, ‘She-Oak and Sunlight: Australian Impressionism’ presents 270 works of Impressionist art from Australia and around the world. Named after Tom Roberts’ work, She-oak and sunlight (1889), which takes pride of place in the exhibition, the large-scale survey brings together some of the most widely recognisable and celebrated works by Frederick McCubbin, Jane Sutherland, Arthur Streeton, Charles Conder, Clara Southern, John Russell and E. Phillips Fox. The exhibition also brings to view works by Iso Rae, May Vale, Jane Price and Ina Gregory.
Art
May 7, 2021