Arthur Boyd's Brides

The legendary Australian artist’s seminal Brides paintings will be shown in the most expansive exhibition of the famous and controversial series to date. Throughout the series, Boyd’s imposing protagonists are an Aboriginal man and his mixed-race bride. There is no specific narrative. Rather, it’s a collection of enigmatic, dramatic and ambiguous moments in the pair’s journey.

Heide Museum of Modern Art
7 Templestowe Road
Bulleen
(03) 9850 1500

Arthur Boyd’s Brides shows from November 29–March 9

heide.com.au

Alex Prager at the NGV

Home to Hollywood and known for its perennially cerulean sky, LA has an inherently cinematic nature that has always consumed Prager’s eye. With images that meld street photography with the retro glamour of 1960s cinema and a streak of film noir, the young LA-based photographer has grabbed the world’s attention.

NGV International
180 St Kilda Road
Melbourne
(03) 8620 2222

Alex Prager shows until April 19. Admission is free.

ngv.vic.gov.au

Emily Floyd’s The Dawn

Floyd is one of Australia’s best-known contemporary artists and her highly conceptual, visually dramatic and often text-based creations are held in various institutional collections from the National Gallery of Australia to The Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The NGV’s survey of one of Australia’s biggest contemporary art stars is interactive, colourful and appropriately … big.

Emily Floyd's The Dawn shows until March 1

NGV Australia
Level 3, The Ian Potter Centre
Federation Square
Melbourne

ngv.vic.gov.au

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk explores the creative development of one of the world’s most influential designers. Throughout his career, which spans more than 40 years, Gaultier has been obsessed with and influenced by all facets of popular culture. The exhibition tracks the growth of his identity as a designer and organises it around seven themes: from mermaids and sailors in The Odyssey, to a teddy bear wearing a cone bra in The Boudoir.

NGV International
180 St Kilda Road
Melbourne
(03) 8620 2222

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk shows until February 8

ngv.vic.gov.au

Mambo: 30 years of shelf-indulgence

He is an artist, musician, satirist, designer and a cultural icon – and this summer, Reg Mombassa’s iconic illustrations for Mambo have made the jump from surf-shop T-shirt to National Gallery walls.

NGV Australia
Level 3, The Ian Potter Centre
Federation Square
Melbourne

Mambo: 30 years of self-indulgence shows until February 22

ngv.vic.gov.au

David Shrigley: Life and Life Drawing

Life and Life Drawing, showcases sculpture, painting, animation, books and of course, David Shrigley’s archetypal tragicomic drawings. Incisive and darkly humorous, his work has struck a chord with the pop-culture-loving masses as well the art-world elite.

NGV International
180 St Kilda Road
Melbourne
(03) 8620 2222

David Shrigley: Life and Life Drawing shows until March 1

ngv.vic.gov.au

Express Yourself: Romance Was Born for Kids

Express Yourself: Romance Was Born for Kids is a vibrant exhibition created by Sydney-based fashion designers Luke Sales and Anna Plunkett. An entrance adorned with giant sequins welcomes you into the show, where there are disco balls hanging from the ceiling, walls lined with specially designed wallpaper and an intricately tiled floor. Sales and Plunkett had free reign to choose pieces from the NGV’s collection, which they have artfully displayed beside nostalgic items from their childhoods. Paintings and early-20th-century Chinese fans hang beside swimming flippers and Milo tins.

NGV International
180 St Kilda Road
Melbourne
(03) 8620 2222

Express Yourself: Romance Was Born for Kids shows until April 12

ngv.vic.gov.au

Filmscapes: Yang Fudong

Acclaimed Chinese video artist Yang Fudong is bringing a selection of his work to ACMI. His films traverse disorientation and timelessness, making for compelling works caught between classical Chinese and Hollywood cinema.

ACMI
Federation Square
Melbourne
(03) 8663 2200

Yang Fudong: Filmscapes is at ACMI until March 15. Entry is free.

acmi.com.au

Bohemian Melbourne

From bohemian high priests to Nick Cave and The Birthday Party, Melbourne’s rich counter-cultural tradition is being celebrated in a new exhibition at the State Library of Victoria. Bohemian Melbourne collects hundreds of photographs, costumes, artworks, diaries, records and videos on the city’s sub-cultural history.

Keith Murdoch Gallery
State Library of Victoria
328 Swanston Street
Melbourne
(03) 8664 7000

Bohemian Melbourne shows until February 22

slv.vic.gov.au

James Turrell: A Retrospective

Exclusive to Canberra’s National Gallery of Australia, James Turrell: A Retrospective explores almost 50 years of Turrell’s astonishing output. Expect to see projections, holograms, purpose-built installations, photographs and prints.

National Gallery of Australia
Parkes Place
Parkes, Canberra
(02) 6240 6411

James Turrell: A Retrospective shows at the National Gallery of Australia until June 8

nga.gov.au

Facing the Past

Facing the Past is an exhibition of black-and-white portraits of Jewish survivors of the Holocaust who volunteer their time at the Melbourne Jewish Holocaust Centre. The exhibition came about as a way to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the centre and thank these people for their contribution.

Jewish Holocaust Centre
3/15 Selwyn Street
Elsternwick
(03) 9528 1985

Facing The Past shows until February 1

jhc.org.au

Last Resort: Alex Seton

Last Resort, is a continuation and expansion of Seton’s interrogation of Australia’s handling of asylum-seekers. The title references a point of international law, which states asylum seekers and refugees should not be forced back to a place where they have a well-founded fear of persecution. In marble, Seton carved palms set upon an island of crumbled stone – an image of paradise, but paradise only for some.

McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park
390 McClelland Drive
Langwarrin
(03) 9789 1671

Last Resort shows at McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park until February 8

mcclellandgallery.com

Flash! at the Arts Centre Melbourne

You would’ve thought this had happened by now, but for the first time ever, the Arts Centre is exhibiting its Performing Arts images. Spanning the 19th century to now, Flash! captures performances spanning works from circus, dance, music, opera and theatre. The exhibition includes images featuring some of Australia’s most renowned performers and photographers, including Nick Cave, Helmut Newton, and Dame Nellie Melba.

Gallery 1
Arts Centre Melbourne
100 St Kilda Road
Melbourne
1300 182 183

Flash! shows until March 29

artscentremelbourne.com.au

Contemporary Art at the NGV
Level three of the NGV is showing its new acquisitions from all over the world. A highlight is a multi-coloured crocheted “nest” by Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto. Almost 10 metres across it is suspended several metres above the ground and has tunnels, nooks and crannies to explore and ropes for visitors to climb.

The Island Bird is another new NGV acquisition and forms part of a complete rehang of the NGV’s contemporary gallery spaces. These works all reflect global responses to current issues including globalisation, civilian unrest and uncertainty, surveillance, gentrification and ecological destruction.

NGV International
Level 3
180 St Kilda Road
Melbourne
Entry via the Waterwall.