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7 Art Exhibitions To See In 2020

Art Lovers | 23 January 2020

2020 is here and there’s art to be seen!

With a big year ahead it can be easy to miss out on things you wish you knew were on.

In no particular order, here’s a selection of 7 exhibitions you may want to mark on your calendar.

#1 ~ Camille Henrot | SPLENDID ISOLATION

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NGV – International | Melbourne

22 May – Oct 2020

Camille Henrot is one of the most compelling contemporary artists working today. Born in Paris in 1978, the New York-based artist works across diverse media including sculpture, drawing, video and installation. Addressing major existential questions regarding the nature of our world, its history and our place within it, Henrot draws upon wide-ranging disciplines including anthropology, mythology, cinema, literature, museology, religion and evolutionary biology.

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Camille Henrot

The exhibition features key works from the past decade including a group of new works on paper never before exhibited. Also featured is the first Australian presentation of the immersive room-scale installation The Pale Fox, 2014, a companion piece to the widely exhibited Grosse Fatigue, 2013, for which Henrot was awarded the Silver Lion at the 55th Venice Biennale for most promising young artist.

Henrot has participated in group exhibitions in Australia, most recently the NGV Triennial in 2017, but this will be Camille Henrot’s first major survey exhibition in Australia.



#2 ~ Chiharu Shiota THE SOUL TREMBLES

Chiharu Shiota, Japan b.1972 / Uncertain Journey 2016/2019

GOMA | Brisbane

27 June – 5 Oct 2020

Chiharu Shiota’s powerful installations and performances give material form to the intangible – anxiety, dreams and silence. Arising from personal memory and emotion, Shiota’s enthralling works touch on universal concepts such as identity, existence and the boundaries of the human body. Organised by Mami Kataoka, Curator and Deputy Director at the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, ‘Chiharu Shiota: The Soul Trembles’ is the artist’s most comprehensive solo exhibition to date,  expressing her earnest hope to deliver deeply felt experiences that reach into the soul.



#3 ~ Nyapanyapa Yunupiŋu THE MOMENT ETERNAL

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MAGNT | Darwin

25 April – 25 Oct 2020

For over two decades Nyapanyapa Yunupiŋu has worked from the remote community of Yirrkala in the Northern Territory, creating significant paintings, drawings, sculptures and screen-based works. This exhibition charts the evolution of her practice, which challenges the conventions of Yolŋu art making and has established her as an important Australian artist.

The exhibition features a large scale multimedia work that has been specially commissioned for this exhibition, as well as an accompanying catalogue.



#4 ~ KNOW MY NAME | Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now

NGA | Canberra

30 May – 13 Sept 2020

Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now showcases art made by women. It brings together more than 150 works, drawn from the Gallery’s collection and other collections from across Australia. This exhibition is part of a series of ongoing initiative by the National Gallery to increase the representation of artists who identify as women in its artistic program.

Featuring lesser-known and leading artists such as Margaret Preston, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Destiny Deacon and Julie Rrap, this exhibition tells a new story of Australian art. Highlights include a floor-to-ceiling presentation of artists’ portraits in a variety of mediums, the work of pioneering performance artists Bonita Ely and Jill Orr and a complete edition of Tracey Moffatt’s first major series of photographs, Something more 1989. Gemma Smith has been commissioned to paint the walls of the galleries.

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By bringing together artists from different times, places and cultures, this exhibition proposes another history, upending the assumption that modern and contemporary Australian art is a male-dominated narrative.



#5 ~ NIRIN | Biennale of Sydney 2020

AGNSW | Sydney

14 March – 8 June 2020

The 22nd Biennale of Sydney is an expansive artist- and First Nations-led exhibition of contemporary art that connects local communities and global networks. Brook Andrew, one of Australia’s most distinguished artists, is artistic director of NIRIN. Meaning ‘edge’, nirin is a word of Brook’s mother’s Nation, the Wiradjuri people of western New South Wales.

NIRIN brings together artists, makers, scientists, academics and thinkers from around the world. They will deliver artworks, insights, ideas and projects that challenge dominant narratives and share Indigenous knowledge.

NIRIN comprises work by 98 artists across six venues — the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Artspace, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Cockatoo Island, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and the National Art School.



#6 ~ PHENOMENA | Art as Experience

AGSA | Adelaide

11 July – 13 Sept 2020

Sense-absorbing installations, optical encounters and moments of mesmeric intensity bring art to life at AGSA this winter. Phenomena: Art as experience firmly anchors the viewer as the maker of meaning. It traces the experiential turn in international art practice, as audiences experience moments of immersion and encounter. As early as the 1930s, philosopher John Dewey spoke of the true work of art existing in the experience of making or encountering art. Uncover large−scale installations and sensory works of art, never seen before in Adelaide, presented as a series of interconnecting experiences. Artists include Olafur Eliasson, Aki Inomata, Jitish Kallat, Yukultji Napangati and Ernesto Neto.

Tracing the trajectory from minimalism to installation practice, with a radical embrace of desert minimalism, Phenomena: Art as experience presents major contemporary international works to South Australian audiences.



#7 ~ FREIGHTING IDEAS | How did I get here?

Michael Cook Mother (TV) 2016.

Touring Exhibition | Western Australia

Until 9 August 2020

How Did I Get Here? asks what exactly brought us to this exact place in life? What went wrong, what went right, what random acts of fate, have set us down, just so, in this place at this time?

The exhibition invites audiences to ask these questions about each work and its subjects. What forces have landed them in this moment, captured as themselves and as actors in a photographer’s drama? How did the work come to be?

Inspired by the 1980 Talking Heads song Once in a Lifetime, the first touring exhibition from Art Gallery of WA for twenty years, How Did I Get Here? brings together twelve key photographic works interwoven with various complementary pieces from the local collection. Each artist takes a unique and personal perspective – sometimes photo reportage sometimes imaginative fiction ­– drawing from real life to speak about the challenges of coming of age, cultural beliefs, race and religion, and our social selves.

Regional Venue Touring Dates

~ Bunbury Regional Art Galleries – 18/01/20 – 01/03/20
~ Geraldton Regional Art Gallery –  14/03/20 – 11/04/20
~ Carnarvon Library and Gallery – 16/05/20 – 19/06/20
~ East Pilbara Art Centre – 04/07/20 – 09/08/20



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