Art & Design

Art Beat | Add These Blockbuster Melbourne Exhibitions To Your Calendar In 2019

By Ioana Dragnef
18th Jan 2019

We’ll admit that there is no shortage of exhibitions in Melbourne in an average year. But 2019 is starting to look like it might be a blockbuster hit in terms of stellar art exhibitions the likes of the Escher X Nendo—but that’s just the tip of the enormous paint-covered iceberg. So if you’re looking to delight your eyeballs with some cultural treats this year, make sure to drop by one or two (or all) of these jaw-dropping installations.

Escher X Nendo | NGV

You haven’t lived until you’ve seen the Escher X Nendo exhibition, so if you haven’t seen it yet, act fast. The exhibition showcases the works of Dutch artist M. C. Escher in dialogue with the work of acclaimed Japanese design studio nendo. The NGV has even added extended hours until 28 January, so you can drop in anytime before 7 pm and get to witness the groundbreaking exhibition firsthand.

What: Escher X Nendo | Between Two Worlds
When: 2 December 2018 – 7 April 2019
Where: National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Rd
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LOVE Exhibition | Immigration Museum

Developed in partnership with Heide Museum of Modern Art, Love combines visual art, historical and contemporary artefacts, and personal reflections to explore love in all its illogical and tender glory. From photographs, letters, to unique fashion pieces, LOVE is a worthwhile emotional rollercoaster that will melt even the most stoic hearts—I’m not crying, you’re crying.

What: LOVE Exhibition
When: Until 28 April 2019,
Where: Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders St
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Christian Marclay: The Clock | ACMI

The Clock is a 24-hour video installation created from thousands of clips of clocks, watches and other references to time from film and television. These clips are edited together and synced to the present moment in one mesmerising collage that results in an epic journey through cinematic history. Plus, it’s an actual, functional timepiece—impressive.

What: Christian Marclay: The Clock
When: 23 Jan 2019 – 10 Mar 2019, 10am–5pm
Where: ACMI, Fed Square
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Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor

Calder is widely regarded as the artist who made sculpture move, forging a practice in dialogue with the world in motion and the motion in things. This exhibition presents approximately one hundred sculptural and visual compositions (including his most acclaimed artistic inventions, the mobile and the stabile), drawn from private and museum collections in North America.

What: Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor
When: 5 April 2019 – 4 August 2019
Where: National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Rd
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Terracotta Warriors + Cai Guo-Qiang | NGV

The NGV will present China’s ancient Terracotta Warriors alongside a parallel display of new works by one of the world’s most exciting contemporary artists, Cai Guo-Qiang. The Terracotta Warriors exhibition will be a large-scale presentation of the Qin Emperor’s Terracotta Warriors, which were discovered in 1974. Alongside it, Cai Guo-Qiang will create all new artworks, including a monumental installation of 10,000 suspended porcelain birds. You’re not going to want to miss this one.

What: Terracotta Warriors + Cai Guo-Qiang
When: 24 May 2019 – 13 October 2019
Where: National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Rd
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Frida Kahlo: Her Photos | Bendigo Art Gallery

This one’s not in Melbourne, but it’s definitely worth the drive up to Bendigo. This exhibition includes highlights from the personal collection of Frida Kahlo. The photos reveal the interests and obsessions that Kahlo grappled with throughout her life, as well as Kahlo’s passion for collecting historical photographs as reference material for her work. While intimate photographs don't compare with impressive Terracotta Warriors, it's still a must-see nonetheless.

What: Frida Kahlo: Her Photos
When: 8 December 2018 – 8 February 2019
Where: Bendigo Art Gallery, 42 View St, Bendigo
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Hans And Nora Heysen: Two Generations Of Australian Art |  The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia

Australians will immediately recognise the works of Hans Heysen and his daughter Nora. Both artists' work spanned more than a century during which Australia underwent numerous social, political and artistic transformations. This exhibition is the first time both Hans and Nora's works are displayed together in an exploration of the archetypal twentieth-century Australian story of migration, family life, wartime separation and a deep connection to place.

What: Hans And Nora Heysen: Two Generations Of Australian Art
When: 8 March 2019 — 28 July 2019 
Where: The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Fed Square
For more info, click here.

Museum Of The Moon | Scienceworks

Museum of the Moon is an astounding seven-metre diameter spherical sculpture featuring large scale NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At a scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the sculpture represents five kilometres of the moon's surface—and it’s pretty amazing.

What: Museum of the Moon
When: Until 28 April 2019
Where: Scienceworks, 2 Booker St, Spotswood
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Melbourne Design Week 2019 | Various Locations

The theme for this year’s Melbourne Design Week is “Design Experiments.” The ten-day event will showcase a ton of exhibitions, talks, tours, panels, and industry events throughout the city. The entire program highlights Melbourne’s credentials as a design city while underlining the role of design as a catalyst linking creativity with business, technology, and community. Exciting.

What: Melbourne Design Week
When: 14 March 2019 — 24 March 2019
Where: Various locations
For more info, click 

Looking for something more low-key? This Richmond Furniture Store Is Hosting An Exclusive Miniature Chair Exhibition.

Image credit: NGV

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