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Art & exhibitions

Victoria is a state in love with art and celebrates it everywhere, from big city galleries and renowned regional exhibition spaces to community festivals and local artists' studios. Travel the length and breadth of Victoria, taking in creativity at every turn. See the country's finest works and acclaimed international exhibitions at the National Gallery of Victoria, head to openings at contemporary galleries hidden in Melbourne's labyrinthine laneways, and attend travelling exhibitions at famous regional galleries in Castlemaine, Benalla, Ballarat and along the Mornington Peninsula.

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trouble is my business

Trouble is my Business

11 Sep 2013 - 5 Sep 2014

Docklands

Tracing the very first time forensic techniques such as blood pattern analysis were used by maverick detectives in the 1920s to the creation of...

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Winslow’s Roller Skates and packaging, belonging to Ruby Beyer at the age of 22 months, 1889, Realia

The changing face of Victoria

18 Dec 2013 - 31 Dec 2014

Melbourne

The changing face of Victoria exhibition brings together historical artefacts, photographs, drawings, maps, letters and diaries to tell the stories...

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Once upon a time: a world of children’s picture book art

21 Mar - 31 Aug 2014

Melbourne

Let your imagination run wild in this free exhibition celebrating the world of children's picture book art. See classic characters like Blinky Bill...

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Aztecs

Aztecs

9 Apr - 10 Aug 2014

Carlton

From $8 - $60

Immerse yourself in Melbourne Museum's fascinating exhibition on the rise and tragic fall of the Aztec Empire and the once great city of Tenochtitlan.

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DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition

Dreamworks Animation – The Exhibition

10 Apr - 5 Oct 2014

Melbourne

From $10 - $50

Take the journey from sketch to screen and see rarely seen drawings, models, original artworks and more from DreamWorks' much-loved animated classics.

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Inge King

Inge King: Constellation

1 May - 31 Aug 2014

Melbourne

At the forefront of Australian abstract sculpture for more than six decades, the formidable career of Inge King AM will be celebrated with a major...

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David McDiarmid

David McDiarmid: When This You See Remember Me

9 May - 31 Aug 2014

Melbourne

Defying classification, the work of David McDiarmid encompasses the complex and interconnected histories of art, craft, fashion, music, sex, gay...

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Fashion Detective

Fashion Detective

9 May - 31 Aug 2014

Melbourne

More than 70 unattributed garments and accessories from the National Gallery of Victoria's world-class Fashion and Textiles Collection will be...

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Sleepy Beauty

Enchantment: The Art of Disney and DreamWorks

10 May - 28 Sep 2014

Armadale

From $10 - $10

From Mickey Mouse's debut appearance in Steam Boat Willie in 1928, Walt Disney's creations have bought laughter and joy to millions of people around...

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Douglas Gordon, Through a Looking Glass, 1999. Installation view ACCA 2014 © Studio lost but found / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2014. Taxi Driver copyright 1976 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All rights reserved Courtesy Columbia Pictures

The Only Way Out Is The Only Way In: Douglas Gordon

13 May - 3 Aug 2014

Southbank

Douglas Gordon appropriates images from popular culture and other sources to create his signature videos and photographic installations. He first...

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Antonio Correggio, Italian c.1489–1534, Noli me tangere c.1525, oil on wood panel, transferred to canvas , 130.0 x 103.0 cm

Italian Masterpieces

16 May - 31 Aug 2014

Melbourne

From $10 - $65

The finest collection of Italian masterpieces ever to come to Australia will open at the National Gallery of Victoria on 16 May. Featuring some of...

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Paola

Paola Pivi – You Started It...I Finish It

28 May - 31 Aug 2014

Southbank

You Started It. . . I Finish It is an installation designed for Federation Court encompassing eight life-size sculptures of bears adorned with...

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Mid–Century Modern: Australian Furniture Design

30 May - 19 Oct 2014

Melbourne

Mid-Century Modern: Australian Furniture Design is the first major exhibition dedicated to Australian furniture of the 1940s to the 1970s; a period...

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BOYD Emma - Landscape with Wattle

Dawn to Dusk

31 May - 16 Nov 2014

Morwell

Dawn to Dusk; Landscapes from the CBus collection of Australian Art. Representations of Australian landscape by non-indigenous artists could be...

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Douglas Gordon – The Only Way Out is the Only Way In

31 May - 3 Aug 2014

Southbank

ACCA presents the first major Australian survey of Turner Prize-winning Scottish artist Douglas Gordon. Douglas Gordon appropriates images from...

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Maxims of Behaviour

1 Jun - 31 Aug 2014

Melbourne

Maxims of Behaviour, by artist Alexander Knox, is a seasonal artwork for Melbourne, illuminating the cityscape, from dusk until late, during the...

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Sailing into Melbourne

2 Jun 2014 - 15 Feb 2015

East Melbourne

This winter, the Old Treasury Building will feature an impressive display of nautical history highlighting the extraordinary past of Melbourne's...

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RMIT Lightscape Projects at Melbourne Central

RMIT Lightscape Projects at Melbourne Central

17 Jun - 31 Aug 2014

Melbourne

Working with RMIT's School of Art, Melbourne Central is transforming its well-known Knox Lane into an outdoor urban art gallery showcasing five...

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Recent Linocuts by Anita Klein

Linocuts by Anita Klein

20 Jun - 3 Aug 2014

Yarra Glen

Anita Klein is Melbourne born printmaker, painter and sculptor based in England. She divides her time between studios in London and Italy, showing...

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Mid Winter Wool & Wood

21 Jun - 23 Aug 2014

Yinnar

Arc Yinnar are holding an open entry exhibition where members and others will exhibit their warm winter stuff; anything that looks lusciously warm,...

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Polly Borland: Wonky

27 Jun - 24 Aug 2014

Horsham

Polly Borland's series Wonky presents an idiosyncratic and touching meditation on love, juxtaposed with a unique selection of her documentary...

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The Antipodean Steampunk Show

The Antipodean Steampunk Show

30 Jun - 8 Aug 2014

East Melbourne

From $5 - $10

Contemporary technology and Victorian styling will collide in spectacular fashion during The Antipodean Steampunk Show at Tasma Terrace! If today's...

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Love, Desire and Riches: The Fashion of Weddings - Rippon Lea Estate

1 Jul - 30 Sep 2014

Elsternwick

"An exhibition that examines the intersection between film, historic fashion and the social narratives of weddings Love, Desire and Riches will help...

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Wedding dress worn by Kate Winslet in Sense and Sensibility

Love, Desire & Riches

1 Jul - 30 Sep 2014

Elsternwick

From $9 - $35

Stimulate your fashion senses and wear your heart on your sleeve by getting an exclusive look into significant fashion pieces of wedding couture from...

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Skins - Jan Herrera, Anne Galbraith and Vicky Barker

2 Jul - 30 Aug 2014

Melbourne

This month the Gallery at City Library features Skins and an exhibition showing works from Jan Herrera, Anne Galbraith and Vicky Barker. Skins is a...

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Bushido: Way of the Samurai

4 Jul - 30 Nov 2014

Melbourne

Bushido explores the fascinating world of the samurai who were the warriors, rulers and aristocratic elite of Japanese society for more than 800...

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Forgotten Chinese ANZACs Remembered

14 Jul - 19 Dec 2014

Melbourne

From $6 - $20

When World War One was declared in 1914, Australia rallied behind the Allied efforts. More than 330,000 mobilised personnel were called to action, of...

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Other Realitis

Other Realities

15 Jul - 2 Aug 2014

Melbourne

This exhibition of recent sculptural work by Jon Eiseman and related photographic collaborations with Anne Conron, frequently employs the image of a...

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Nature Mort

15 Jul - 2 Aug 2014

Melbourne

Michelle Molinari is a painter, printmaker and taxidermy artist whose work focuses on notions of death, memorialisation and observation. Creating her...

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Life in the Garden of Stone

16 Jul - 2 Aug 2014

Collingwood

The growth and destruction of the natural world. In his debut exhibition, Stuart Amos is exploring the relationship between human constructs and the...

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Artists Emerge at WTC

16 Jul - 24 Aug 2014

Melbourne

The Artists Emerge at WTC exhibition follows on from the success of the 2013 collaboration between WTC and MARS Gallery, 25 Sculptures at the WTC,...

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John Borrack

Reflections: Australian landscape and still life

18 Jul - 28 Sep 2014

Bundoora

Bundoora Homestead Art Centre is delighted to present Reflections: Australian Landscape & Still Life curated from the Castlemaine Art Gallery and...

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Fiona Connor: Wallworks

18 Jul - 20 Sep 2014

Caulfield East

Presented across the entire museum, Wallworks is the first major solo exhibition in Australia by Los Angeles-based, New Zealand-born artist Fiona...

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Spatial Dialogues

18 Jul - 14 Aug 2014

Melbourne

Spatial Dialogues is a video, sound, site-specific installation, where online gaming works draw attention to cross-cultural dialogues about water in...

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Le Miserables

Victor Hugo: Les Misérables - From Page to Stage

18 Jul - 9 Nov 2014

Melbourne

Take a journey from the 19th-century Paris of Victor Hugo's novel, Les Misérables to today's blockbuster stage musical at the Sate Library of...

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John French, Long-line bra (detail), fashion photograph, 1950s. © Victoria and Albert Museum / V&A Images

Undressed: 350 Years of Underwear in Fashion

19 Jul - 26 Oct 2014

Bendigo

Undressed: 350 Years of Underwear in Fashion at the Bendigo Art Gallery features highlights from the V&A's extensive collection of underwear, this...

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David Frazer: Hug

22 Jul - 2 Aug 2014

Melbourne

David Frazer's exhibition not only showcases his recent prints and paintings but also launches his latest handmade artist book, 'Little Aches and...

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Michael Prideaux: Sea and Sky

22 Jul - 2 Aug 2014

Melbourne

Michael Prideaux's photographs draw attention to the liminal edge of the city laid out along the great puddle of Port Philip Bay, where he has lived...

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Basil Sellers Art Prize 4

22 Jul - 26 Oct 2014

Parkville

Sport and art come together again with 16 finalists competing in the fourth biennial Basil Sellers Art Prize. With $100,000 awarded to the winner,...

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Concrete Terra

23 Jul - 16 Aug 2014

Docklands

The ACAB collective (Zinzi Kennedy, Ben Johanson) and Nickk Hertzog have collaborated to produce an exhibition that uses the textures found in...

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WAYNE VINEY: Singular Impressions

Wayne Viney: Singular Impressions

25 Jul - 31 Aug 2014

Hamilton

Singular Impressions surveys Melbourne artist, Wayne Viney's responses to landscape over the past thirty years. Best known for his hauntingly...

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Detritus by Insingane

Detritus-Solo Exhibition by Insingane

29 Jul - 9 Aug 2014

Frankston

Be swept away on an emotional tide as Insingane explores the flotsam and jetsam of memory. Winner of the People's Choice Award, Frankston Art Centre...

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Sound Series

Sound Series: Perch

30 Jul - 2 Aug 2014

Melbourne

Sound Series: Perch will investigate the connection between site-specific sound, installation and collaborative performance. Artist Catherine Clover...

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Detritus by Insingane

Detritus-Solo Exhibition by Insingane

31 Jul - 9 Aug 2014

Frankston

Be swept away on an emotional tide as Insingane explores the flotsam and jetsam of memory. Winner of the People's Choice Award, Frankston Art Centre...

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Four Seasons Exhibition

31 Jul - 13 Aug 2014

Melbourne

Four painters weave through the four seasons of nature and humanity at Steps Gallery. The artists - Angela Abbott, Maggie Chiara Cowling, Margaret...

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The Fabulous Shaw Bequest

The Fabulous Shaw Bequest: Revisited

31 Jul 2014 - 28 Feb 2015

Hamilton

General consensus was that the superb showing of a selection of works from the Shaw Bequest organised in 2013 was on for too short a time so we are...

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Craft Cubed 2014

1 - 31 Aug 2014

Melbourne

This August Craft Cubed returns, this time with a major focus at Federation Square as well as venues big and small across Melbourne & regional...

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Ulm School of Design Exhibition

1 - 30 Aug 2014

Melbourne

This exhibition in the RMIT Gallery focuses on the educational concept of the so-called 'ulm model', revealing how it still affects today's design...

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Discobolus (discus-thrower), Roman copy of a bronze original of the 5th century BC . From Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli, Lazio, Italy. © The Trustees of the British Museum

The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece

2 Aug - 9 Nov 2014

Bendigo

A thought-provoking exploration of the human form seen through Ancient Greek eyes. This exhibition features more than 100 treasures from the British...

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Peter O'Doherty - From the Street

2 - 30 Aug 2014

South Yarra

Peter O'Doherty will be holding his first Melbourne show in almost a decade at Gould Galleries. Peter O'Doherty's first artistic incarnation emerged...

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