Category: ART

National Gallery London: get up close with Rafael


He may have died over 500 years ago (as of 2020), but Rafael’s work lives on stronger than ever, especially this year at London’s National Gallery, where a new exhibition is on sale and ready to host his fans. The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Raphael celebrates the painter, draughtsman, architect, designer and archaeologist who captured in his art the human, the divine, love, friendship, learning and power. He helped define what the quintessence of beauty and civilisation through some of his most famous works, like Transfiguration, Three Graces and his renowned tenure spent with Pope Julius II in the Vatican. His career spanned only two decades, but in it he helped to shape the course of Western culture like few artists before or since. The National Gallery exhibition will examine his work while lifting the veil on his time spent as an architect, archaeologist and poet, with so much more. Find out more about the artist and book your visit at the National Gallery website The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Raphael 9 April – 31 July 2022First Floor Galleries, Rooms 1-8Admission charge. Members free.

WHO ARE YOU? Find out at the NGV with Australian Portraiture

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In an exhibition that poses the question “what is portraiture?”, you can now take a journey into the Australian face at the National Gallery of Victoria. From March to August this year, the NGV will feature more than two-hundred works by Australian artists including Patricia Piccinini, Atong Atem, Howard Arkley, Vincent Namatjira and Tracey Moffatt, and featuring sitters including Cate Blanchett, Albert Namatjira, Queen Elizabeth II, Eddie Mabo and David Gulpilil all to explore our inner worlds and outer selves, as well as issues of sociability, intimacy, isolation, celebrity and ordinariness. The whole exhibition is about revealing the rich artistic synergies and contrasts between the two institutions’ collections, this co-curated exhibition considers portraiture in Australia across time and media, as well as the role of the portraiture genre in the development of a sense of Australian national identity. What does that mean for you? To discover it and more, head to the NGV website

What to see at the NGV – 5 excellent exhibitions to not miss

NGV Gallery Melbourne

This year, the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) has a quality spread of art and culture to keep you occupied all autumn-winter long. Comprising the autumn-winter 2022 program, the NGV will kick things off with an homage to Picasso before embarking on the rest. Scroll down for more… The Picasso Century This exhibition opens June 10 at NGV International. The Picasso Century charts the extraordinary career of Pablo Picasso in dialogue with the many artists, poets and intellectuals with whom he intercepted and interacted throughout the 20th century, including Guillaume Apollinaire, Georges Braque, Salvador Dalí, Alberto Giacometti, Françoise Gilot, Valentine Hugo, Marie Laurencin, Dora Maar, André Masson, Henri Matisse, Dorothea Tanning and Gertrude Stein. Get tickets here WHO ARE YOU: Australian Portraiture  This exhibition opens on 25 March and will unite collections of the NGV and the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, for the very first time. Featuring more than 200 works by the likes of Patricia Piccinini, Howard Arkley, Vincent Namatjira and more, and depicting sitters such as Cate Blanchett, Queen Elizabeth II and Eddie Mabo, this exhibition will be one of the largest presentations of portraiture ever mounted in Australia. Get tickets here Queer: Stories from the NGV Collection  Because equality is key! This exhibition is a celebration of the queer and LGBTIQA+ stories embedded in the NGV Collection – and is one of the most historically expansive exhibitions ever dedicated to this diverse subject opening March 10. Get tickets here Melbourne Design Week 2022  Australia’s leading annual international design event, returns for its sixth edition from 17–27 March 2022, a key highlight this… Read More

The 23rd Biennale of Sydney, rivus, opens to the public this weekend

Rivus Biennale Sydney art

Attention all art lovers: The 23rd Biennale of Sydney opens to the public this weekend. Over 330 artworks by over 80 participants and 400 events will be presented across the city from 12 March to 13 June 2022. Rivus means ‘stream’ in Latin, so this year’s theme is centred around new work and commissions responding to water ecology and relationships with the natural world. Audiences will experience large-scale immersive installations, site specific projects and living works by international participants including Kiki Smith,Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe, John Gerrard, Jumana Emil Abboud and Ackroyd & Harvey alongsideAustralian participants such as Cave Urban, Badger Bates, Clare Milledge, Julie Gough and D Harding. The list of participants extends beyond the realm of the visual arts and includes bodies of water and their custodians around the world including Australia, Bangladesh and Ecuador.   The largest contemporary art event of its kind in Australia, the Biennale of Sydney will be open to the publicfrom 12 March to 13 June 2022 at Art Gallery of New South Wales, Barangaroo including The Cutaway, Circular Quay, Arts and Cultural Exchange, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, National Art School in partnership with Artspace and Pier 2/3 at Walsh Bay Arts Precinct. For more, head to the Biennale website

See Queen Victoria’s collection Japanese screen paintings on display in London

Queen Victoria Japanese silk screen print curators

Her Majesty Queen Victoria received them from the Japanese Shogun (military leader) in 1860. And since then, they went unseen. Thought not to have survived to the present day, they’ve been rediscovered in the Royal Collection and this year in 2022, the screens will go on public display next month for the first time since they arrived at the British Court 162 years ago. They will form part of Japan: Courts and Culture, the first exhibition to bring together the Royal Collection’s spectacular holdings of Japanese works of art, opening at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace on Friday, 8 April. What’s their story? Well, the screen paintings, which depict the changing seasons in exquisite detail, formed part of the first diplomatic gift between Japan and Britain in almost 250 years. They were sent by Sh?gun Tokugawa Iemochi shortly after Japan’s dramatic re-opening to the West, following more than two centuries of deliberate isolation. After some extensive conservation work following the discovery, there’s been fascinating detail revealed about the screens’ history, including how they were hastily produced after a dramatic fire in Tokyo destroyed the original versions, and how wear and tear was patched up at Windsor Castle in the 19th century using fragments of Victorian railway timetables. But that’s just the beginning! For the whole story and to see them for yourself, head to the Royal Collection Trust’s website and book a ticket now Japan: Courts and Culture is at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, 8 April 2022 – 26 February 2023

Acer’s helping the planet with digital art by Andy Thomas

7.8MB The Three Sisters Acer x Andy Thomas Aspire Vero 2

Acer has got a new computer: fully post-consumer recyclable plastic (PCR) integration into the laptop device.  It’s purposeful, sustainable design saves around 21% in CO2 emissions and is made to be easily repaired, upgraded and recycled.    It’s all a part of their new effort to be more green, after they released a report, the Acer Plastic Pandemic Report – which reveals over half the adult population (55%) are unaware of the severity of the plastic pandemic that we are facing and nearly 6 in 10 (58%) people do not understand the difference between virgin plastics and recycled plastics. The shocking reality is over 3.4 million tonnes of plastics are used in Australia every year, with less than 10% being recycled or reprocessed for re-use. The impact that plastic waste has on our environment is devastating – most ends up in landfill or our oceans, contributing to climate change, contaminating our soil, and negatively affecting our natural landscapes and wildlife.  We spoke to digital artist Andy Thomas about some work he’s created using the new tech… You recently collaborated with Acer on the release of their new ‘Green PC’ the Aspire Vero, tell usmore about the collaboration? The collaboration between myself and Acer was a really great fit. I have always been interested innature and recreating nature with my computers and 3D software. There was a real serendipity withthis project on multiple levels which was super satisfying and fun. I had a blast creating this workfrom start to finish. What inspired the LIFECYCLES series? The inspiration for the LIFECYCLES series… Read More

Powerhouse Museum Sydney brings back Powerhouse Late

Powerhouse Museum Sydney late

Get your inner art geek ready: Powerhouse Late is back! Running every Thursday night until 30 June, Powerhouse Late is a free program of live music, film screenings, workshops, talks and exhibition tours, with featured artists including Biliirr, Rainbow Chan, Corin, Lachy Doley, JOY, Del Lumanta, POOKIE, Slaysians, Queer Screen, Ziggy Ramo and Yeo. Throughout the series, Jordan Gogos, founder of fashion label Iordanes Spyridon Gogos, will present a large-scale installation at the museum entrance while Powerhouse Creative Industry Resident FBi Radio will curate music for an exclusive Powerhouse Late Bar outside on the forecourt.  Located close by to the heart of Sydney in Ultimo, Powerhouse is renowned museum of art and science, innovation and design, bringing some of the best of what the human mind can do to the public. Discover more at the Powerhouse Museum website.

NGV’s latest acquisition: Lavinia Fontana’s Mystic marriage of St Catherine, c. 1575

Lavinia Fontana

The first woman painter of Europe of massive repute – just before everyone’s favourite Artemisia Gentileschi – Lavinia Fontana won plenty of prestigious commissions and became the first woman admitted into the illustrious guild for painters in Rome, the Accademia di San Luca. If Italian Baroque is your period, then you’ll no doubt rejoice in the generously acquired Fontana’s Mystic marriage of St Catherine, c. 1575, making the first painting by this important artist to enter a public collection in Australia and brings a new perspective to the NGV’s strong holdings of Italian Baroque paintings. More about Lavinia Fontana Fontana established her reputation by producing portraits and small devotional works, such as Mystic marriage of St Catherine. This painting illustrates a vision experienced by the Christian martyr, St Catherine of Alexandria (c. 287 – c. 305 CE), in which she consecrated herself to Christ. Catherine lived in Egypt when it was under Roman rule and was persecuted for her Christian beliefs. In a desperate act to change her faith, Emperor Maxentius tried to make Catherine marry him, but she refused him and dedicated herself to Christ. Many of Fontana’s early works featured strong and powerful women from ancient mythology and Christian history. As well as St Catherine, St Elisabeth, Mary Magdalene and the Virgin Mary, she also painted the Old Testament heroine Judith in the act of beheading Holofernes, and the goddess Venus. Fontana was actively encouraged by her parents to be an artist – an extraordinarily enlightened act for the time. Her father, Prospero Fontana, was her teacher… Read More

Edinburgh: celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at Holyroodhouse

Holyroodhouse exhibition

In Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year, a major exhibition showcasing some of the finest paintings in the Royal Collection will be staged at The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse. Queen Elizabeth has reigned for 70 years and amongst the massive celebrations planned for Her Majesty, this exhibition will put on a show befitting royalty. Displaying more than 30 spectacular works by artists such as Rembrandt, Rubens, Claude, Artemisia Gentileschi and Van Dyck, it’s an exhibition that’s worth the journey if you’re coming from afar. The exhibition provides a unique opportunity to view these world-renowned paintings afresh in a modern gallery setting, away from the historic interior of the Picture Gallery at Buckingham Palace, where they can usually be seen as part of the annual Summer Opening of the State Rooms. Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace is at The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse, 25 March – 25 September 2022. For more information and to book tickets, head to the Royal Collection Trust’s website

Design exhibition at the V&A: its pivotal role in our time

Design 1900 to Now installation shots , 16th June 2021

From 1900 to now, design has been an integral part of how we’ve evolved, but also existed. The latest exhibition at the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum in London is testament to that, exploring how design shapes and is shaped by how we live, work, travel, communicate and consume.   Housed within the museum’s former 20th Century Gallery, this newly curated space brings together leading design objects alongside the first redisplay of V&A’s celebrated Rapid Response Collecting programme since its founding in 2014.   As part of the gallery, new acquisitions will go on display for the first time at the V&A, including Margaret Calvert and Jock Kinneir’s iconic British road signage system, Kim Kardashian’s Selfish book, Nike’s Nigeria football shirt for the 2018 World Cup and a one-of-a-kind desk designed by Future Systems for Condé Nast Chairman Jonathan Newhouse.  For more and to book your visit, head to the V&A website