Art & Design

Add Some Culture To Your Life With These 11 Exhibitions Happening In Melbourne This Month

By Ioana Dragnef
5th Mar 2020

If you’re looking to escape the rain but are already fully caffeinated, may we suggest killing two birds with one stone and hitting up the art gallery trail? Art galleries offer rain protection and pleasure for your eyeballs and your brain, so you’ve got nothing to lose, really. Plus, you live in Melbourne, so why not take advantage of all the stunning art this city has to offer? It would be rude not to. From alien art to gut flora exploration, get ready to be blown away by 11 of the best exhibitions to hit up in Melbourne this March. 

The Otolith Group: Xenogenesis | Buxton Contemporary

If you want to get a bit weird, then you have to check out the first major solo exhibition of The Otolith Group in Australia. The works selected are linked by The Otolith Group’s concern to formulate a science fiction of the present using historical and contemporary images and sounds. By treating the technologies of images, sounds, voices and colours as narrative vehicles for transtemporal travel, the artists seek to reimagine the contemporary global crises, re-narrate the ways in which humans have shaped the planet, and reconfigure the ways that we’re changing in response to new technologies. 

What: The Otolith Group: Xenogenesis
Where: Buxton Contemporary, Cnr Southbank Boulevard &, Dodds St, Southbank  
When: 6 March - 21 June 2020
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Shannon Lyons: Dark Kitchen | Heide Museum Of Modern Art

Shannon Lyons is a multi-disciplinary artist who explores the complex relationships that exist between art and its context. Her works include installations, sculptures, gestures and interventions that examine the sites where they are made or exhibited. Dark Kitchen is a site-specific exhibition that responds to the unique social and institutional histories of Heide, referencing the kitchen and living spaces that are still on display to visitors.

What: Shannon Lyons: Dark Kitchen
Where: Heide Museum Of Modern Art, 7 Templestowe Rd, Bulleen
When: Until 15 March 2020
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Of The Anthropocene: Julia Vanderbyl | Brunswick Street Gallery

Of The Anthropocene articulates a body of paintings by Julia Vanderbyl created in response to the climate crisis and the recent fire season in Australia. In large scale portraits, Vanderbyl represents the personal histories of those around her within this time of ecological change. In homage to the landscape, Vanderbyl addresses its destruction, eco-anxiety and a complex history of colonial mistreatment. 

What: Of The Anthropocene: Julia Vanderbyl
When: 4 – 17 March 2020
Where: Brunswick Street Gallery, Level 1 & 2, 322 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy 
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KAWS: Companionship In The Age Of Loneliness | NGV

The KAWS exhibition is wrapping up next month, so if you haven’t been yet, we’ll have to revoke your Melbournian privilege. Brian Donnelly, aka KAWS, has put on an exhibition featuring an all-star cast of hybrid cartoon and human characters drawn from pop-culture animations which are displayed in life-like sculptures and paintings. KAWS wants his work to celebrate generosity and support for others and the human need for companionship which is too often substituted for social media interactions. Don’t miss it.

What: KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness
Where: National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Road
When: Until Thursday 30 April 2020
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Lewis Fidock and Joshua Petherick: Weevils in the Flour | Gertrude Contemporary

Working predominantly in sculpture, Lewis Fidock and Joshua Petherick consider and obfuscate the relationship between objects and time, archaeology and preservation, history and future. Through Weevils in the Flour, the artists offer propositions and speculations that entangle the real world with the realm of alternative narratives on how objects might reflect, challenge or disrupt histories, systems and hierarchies of cultural and economic value.

What: Lewis Fidock and Joshua Petherick: Weevils in the Flour
Where: Gertrude Contemporary, 21-31 High St, Preston
When: Until 22 March 2020
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A&A Exquisite Corpse / Cadavre Exquis | Tolarno Galleries

A&A is the collaboration between Australian industrial designer Adam Goodrum and French marquetry artisan Arthur Seigneur; so if you’re a design fanatic, you’ll definitely want to get behind this exhibition. A&A’s debut with Tolarno Galleries is part of Melbourne’s Design Week and features three unique pieces of furniture that build on the creative insights gleaned from bringing the stunning Bloom cabinet to life. If you’re not familiar with the Bloom cabinet, it’s an impressive feat of design and marquetry with an absolutely stunning visual effect, so don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition.

What: A&A Exquisite Corpse / Cadavre Exquis
Where: Tolarno Galleries, Level 4/104 Exhibition St
When: 12 – 28 March 2020
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Jacqui Stockdale: The Long Shot | Linden New Art

The Long Shot extends Stockdale’s long-held fascination with early colonial times and explores the dominant narratives of Australian folk history, mythology and iconography and challenges their potency within a contemporary context. Based on extensive research, Stockdale presents a new version of Ned Kelly’s family history, with a focus on the experiences of Kelly’s mother, Ellen.

What: Jacqui Stockdale: The Long Shot
Where: Linden New Art, 26 Acland St, St Kilda 
When: Until 17 May 2020
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Earthcraft 2020: Mikala Dwyer | Anna Schwartz Gallery

Anna Schwartz Gallery was closed for summer break but returned in February with Mikala Dwyer’s Earthcraft 2020. Mikala Dwyer works in sculpture, performance, video and photography. Known for her playful, fantastical installations that explore matter and metamorphosis, Dwyer’s practise has developed through a series of evolving projects, connecting personal biography, site-specificity and research, to theories of the occult and alchemy. 

What: Earthcraft 2020: Mikala Dwyer
Where: Anna Schwartz Gallery, 185 Flinders Lane
When: 8 February - 14 March 2020
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Keith Haring x Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines | NGV

In a world-first, the National Gallery of Victoria blends the work of two celebrated and heavily influential artists: Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Offering a unique look into each artist’s fascinating visual language and how they contrast one another, The Summer Exhibition will also examine the immense influence each artist has had on culture and the art world at large. 

What: Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines
When: Until 13 April 2020
Where: NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Southbank
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Wonder Women: Marisa Mu | Brunswick Street Gallery

Wonder Women is about epitomizing the wonderment felt when women wholeheartedly embrace naked candidness and the power of self-love. Whether you're swinging your bra off after a long day or dancing freely in your underwear, drop by Brunswick Street Gallery for an exhibition that is an embodiment of the everyday Wonder Woman. 

What: Wonder Women: Marisa Mu
When: 4–17 March 2020
Where: Brunswick Street Gallery, Level 1 & 2, 322 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy 
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Gut Feelings | Melbourne Museum 

Gut Feelings has just been extended until 30 August 2020 but that doesn’t mean you should leave it at the last minute. This exhibition looks into new revelations and helps explain how our minds, guts and microbes are all linked, and how they affect our behaviours and thoughts. The immersive and multi-sensory experience will give visitors a better insight into how the human body works, and how to make your gut love you back. 

What: Gut Feelings
When: Until 30 August 2020
Where: Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton 
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Strapped for cash already? Here are a bunch of free things to do in Melbourne this month.

Image credit: NGV

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