LOVE for Longer at Immigration Museum

Thu 4th April, 2019 – Sun 28th April, 2019
10:00am – 7:00pm
Long Room, Immigration Museum
400 Flinders Street, Melbourne
The artistic ode to love gets an after-dark extension.

The organisers of Melbourne’s Immigration Museum’s summer showcase, LOVEa celebration of the universal emotion and all its complex tendrils – have announced extended opening hours in its final month.

Open daily from 10am to 5pm, LOVE will now stay open until 7pm on Thursdays due to popular demand. Couples, Tinder dates, families and friends can enjoy a drink in the grandeur of 19th-century palazzo-style Customs House before checking out varied explorations of love by Australian artists as well as the general public.

These include works from artist Richard Larter, whose riotous screen prints and paintings embody lust and the social freedom of 1960s hippie culture. And pieces by Kathy Cavaliere that explore her relationship with her mother through mixed-media and photography.

Experimental Melbourne artists and life partners The Huxleys imbue proceedings with a surreal tone through decadent costumes, colourful installation and photography that drips glamour. Beloved artist Mirka Mora’s comforting soft-sculptural dolls, on loan from Heide Museum of Modern Art, aim to symbolise the artist’s unconditional love and grief of being separated from her sons. Visitors can also see the new Mirka Mora pop-up display in the museum’s foyer featuring a selection of personal items recently acquired at auction.

Bathed in neon lighting and soundtracked with Australian love-centric tunes, willing couples are also invited to contribute their stories of love and loss to the Heart Garden. Get there before the exhibition closes on April 28.

Open Thursdays from 10am to 7pm.

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This article produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Museums Victoria.