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Art Exhibits Worth a Weekender Before the Year is Out

13th May 2016

Some of the biggest names in art are coming to Aussie shores in 2016. Frida Kahlo, Cindy Sherman and Tatsuo Miyajima, to name a few. One very unique art installation is also taking over Uluru in what will be a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle not to be missed. There’s never been a better time to duck away for the weekend, just to get a piece of these phenomenal exhibits.

Tatsuo Miyajima, Sydney

Museum of Contemporary Art, 1 November 2015- 31 March 2017

A glimpse at Tatsuo Miyajima. A glimpse at what to expect from Tatsuo Miyajima.

As part of the 2016-2017 Sydney International Art Series, the MCA is welcoming a major exhibition of works by acclaimed Japanese contemporary artist Tatsuo Myajima in what will be his first major solo exhibition on Australian shores. Renowned for his technologically-based sculptures and installations, as well as video and performance works, his iconic bright and colourful LED light displays are not to be missed.

Whistler's Mother, Melbourne

National Gallery of Victoria, 26 March - 19 June 2016

It’s one of the world’s most iconic and recognisable pieces of art and this year, the historic ‘Portrait of the artist’s mother’ (1871) by James McHeill Whistler is travelling to Australia for the first time, on loan from the Musee d’Orsay in Paris. It is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, Sydney

Art Gallery of NSW, 25 June - 9 October 2016

Frida Kahlo with red 'rebozo' 1939 - The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of Mexican Art © Nickolas Muray Photo Archives Frida Kahlo with red 'rebozo' 1939 - The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of Mexican Art © Nickolas Muray Photo Archives

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera rose to fame as leading figures of Mexican 20th century art and today, are widely regarded among the greatest artists of all time. This rare chance to come face to face with their works brings direct to Sydney a collection of Kahlo’s iconic self-portraits and canvas paintings by Rivera, as well as intimate photographs offering unique insight into their extraordinary – and famously volatile – relationship.

Marilyn Monroe, Bendigo

Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria, 5 March - 10 July 2016

In conjunction with Twentieth Century Fox, Bendigo Art Gallery is taking a step back in time to pay homage to Marilyn Monroe, one of the most celebrated and enigmatic film stars in history. Showcasing more than 20 original film costumes from some of her greatest hits, including 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' and 'How To Marry a Millionaire', a collection of studio portraits, wardrobe test photographs, film posters, personal clothing and artefacts never before seen in Australia together come together to offer unparalleled insight.

Field of Light, Uluru

Uluru, NT, 1 April 2016 – 31 March 2017


This is no ordinary art outing. An art installation encompassing Australia’s spiritual heartland, this fully immersive experience sees Uluru transform at the hands of international artist Bruce Munro – adorned in more than 50,000 solar-powered lights. Witness the spectacle with a myriad of touring options, from sunrise and sunset viewing sessions to night-time wandering and dining experiences and helicopter flights. Glimpse Uluru like never before; this is bound to be an unforgettable experience.

The World is Beautiful, Canberra

National Gallery of Australia, until 5 June 2016

Revisit the last 100 years of history through the lens of photography greats such as Diane Arbus, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Bill Henson and Olive Cotton at the National Gallery of Australia. Curators have been digging through the archives to put together this exceptional exhibition, which borrows its title from Albert Renger-Patzsch's book 'The world is beautiful', published in 1928 in what was a hallmark moment of 20th century photography.

Cindy Sherman, Brisbane

Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), 28 May - 25 September 2016

Cindy Sherman is famous for her self-portraiture aesthetic. Cindy Sherman is famous for her self-portraiture aesthetic.

Somewhat of a cult figure in the art world, American photographer Cindy Sherman is renowned for her mastery of masquerade, having examined identity, gender and a whole raft of social constructions through her images for decades. This exhibition at GOMA will be the first of its kind in Australia, focusing particularly on Sherman’s collaborations with leading fashion houses Balenciaga and Chanel.

Rebecca Baumann, Perth

Art Gallery of Western Australia, 28 May – 22 August 2016

Get a taste of the Palace of Versailles down under. Get a taste of the Palace of Versailles down under.

Confetti explosions, party streamers, disco balls. Rebecca Baumann’s colourful approach spans sculpture, installation and performance in a way that appeals to both young and old. This bright and bold immersive exhibit is a key highlight of WA Focus, Western Australia’s annual art showcase. If you dropped into her incredibly popular ‘Automated Colour’ installation at Sydney’s MCA a few years back, you’ll have an idea of the quirkiness to expect.

Other art exhibitions to catch in 2016:

  • 20th Biennale of Sydney, NSW – Various locations, NSW (ends 6 June 2016)
  • 200 Years of Australian Fashion – National Gallery of Victoria (ends 31 July 2016)
  • Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced – The Powerhouse Museum, NSW (ends 28 August 2016)
  • Degas: A New Vision – National Gallery of Victoria, VIC, (24 June - 18 September 2016)
  • The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes – Art Gallery of NSW (9 July - 9 October 2016)
  • Versailles: Treasures from the Palace – National Gallery of Australia, Canberra ACT, (9 December 2016 - 17 April 2017)

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