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Art Almanac December 2017/January 2018

Art Almanac is a monthly briefing on national art news, reviews and exhibitions. Since 1974, Art Almanac has proudly published the most comprehensive gallery exhibition listings in the country. The magazine features extended exhibition reviews and a national roundup of current shows as well as a dynamic and comprehensive online offering.

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in this issue

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ngv triennial

From 15 December to April 2018 the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) presents Australian and international artworks, examples of design and architectural ideas and forms for the inaugural NGV Triennial. Over 60 creatives at the forefront of their fields explore ‘social, cultural, scientific and physiological terrains’ with a view to reflect the dynamism of contemporary practice. Many pieces will utilise cutting-edge technology and be drawn from regions the gallery feels could be represented more strongly in its collection such as Africa, South America and the Middle East. Twenty new works commissioned by the NGV include a video-work revealing the personal histories of refugees by Candice Breitz (South Africa), sculptural installation inspired by cultural motifs from Estudio Campana (Brazil), Yarrenyty Arltere Artists (Australia) and Elliat Rich (France), and Ron Mueck’s (Australia)…

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future park

A spectacular display of eight multi-layered digital art installations promise to entice visitors in an imaginative universe of luminous colour, light and sound at ‘Future Park’ this summer. The reciprocal actions; body movement, touch and social connections within the museum spaces will action real time visual changes into the large-scale artworks. This interactive exhibition, created by Japanese artist collective teamLab, is a play and learn environment for all ages to explore the boundaries between art, science, technology and experiment with new possibilities through imagination and collaboration. To engage, visit the Museum of Arts and Applied Sciences Powerhouse Museum, Sydney until 30 April 2018. maas.museum Courtesy the artists and Museum of Arts and Applied Sciences Powerhouse Museum, Sydney…

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burrinja climate change biennale

With our collective concerns for the environment ever present, ‘Burrinja Climate Change Biennale’ sparks conversation and encourages critical thinking and collaboration between art and science. The environmental, political, scientific, social and cultural aspects of these uncertainties are brought into focus with a display of works by selected finalists for the biennale’s exhibition and art prize. On show at the Burrinja Gallery which is ideally situated in a rainforest setting in the Dandenong Ranges until 11 February 2018. The biennale’s platform aims to broaden knowledge and perceptions of important matters relating to our planet locally and globally – working towards achieving a more sustainable future. climatechangebiennale.org.au Courtesy the artist and Burrinja Gallery, Melbourne…

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the dutch golden age

‘Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age: Masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum’ presents a comprehensive overview of Dutch society during the 17th century, from intense portraits and dramatic seascapes to tranquil scenes of domestic life and delicate studies of fruit and flowers. On show at the Art Gallery of New South Wales until 18 February 2018 with public programs including: ‘Masters of simplicity’ lecture series and ‘Art After Hours: A Dutch Christmas’ featuring performances by the Choir of St James’ King Street on 6 and 13 December, as well as children’s workshops on 3, 6, 13, and 17 December; while ‘Rembrandt Live’ provides a multi-sensory exhibition experience with baroque-inspired, musical performances by the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra on 6, 8-9, 11-12, 15-16, 22-23 January. artgallery.nsw.gov.au Courtesy Rijksmuseum of the Netherlands, Amsterdam and Art Gallery of…

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sydney festival

Sydney Festival returns from 6 to 28 January 2018 transforming the city into a stage for pirouettes, puppetry, circus acts, underwater concerts and feminist debates. For art lovers, highlights include; Helen Johnson’s ‘Warm Ties’ addressing the complex colonial relationship between Australia and Britain in a suite of large-scale paintings at Artspace. ‘Tell’ showcases the work of 17 contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists that reframe Indigeneity at UNSW Galleries. German artist Katharina Grosse transforms Carriageworks with a site-specific installation comprised of concrete, mounds of earth and 8,000 m of suspended fabric. Campbelltown Arts Centre presents New Zealand artist Lisa Reihana’s first Australian survey, ‘Cinemania’, showcasing three decades of film and photography including a 26-metre panoramic video installation from 12 January. sydneyfestival.org.au Photograph: Mark Blower Courtesy the artist and Sydney Festival…

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The Gippsland Art Gallery, established in 1965, has recently completed a two-year redevelopment and is launching its first exhibition in the newly designed building on 6 January 2018. ‘imagine’, curated by Simon Gregg will showcase 134 works by 81 local, national, and international artists tracing 500 years of art making featuring specially commissioned works looking at perspectives of life on earth. Imaginative worlds presented across installation, painting, video, miniature cities, needlework and sculpture will take viewers on a journey through the wonders of the universe. Workshops for children and adults will be running through February until 18 March 2018 with artists Amy Joy Watson, Adam Laerkesen, Claire Pendrigh and Daniel Agda. wellington.vic.gov.au Courtesy the artist, NKN Gallery, Melbourne and Gippsland Art Gallery, Victoria…