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Coming Soon | Art Exhibitions to watch out for

Art Lovers | 17 April 2021

See what’s coming soon to an art gallery near you.

Get your calendar out and pencil in these 5 exhibitions so you don’t miss out.

1. Hilma af Klint:

The Secret Paintings

12 June – 19 Sept, 2021

Art Gallery NSW | Sydney

Left to right: Hilma af Klint The Ten Largest, Group IV, No. 5, Adulthood 1907 HAK106; Group IX/UW, The Dove No. 2 1915 HAK174.

More than a century after she painted her most celebrated works, Swedish artist Hilma af Klint is taking centre stage as her art captivates audiences around the world. This is the first survey of this visionary artist’s work to be shown in the Asia-Pacific region.

Graduating with honours in 1887 from Stockholm’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts, af Klint was recognised as a talented naturalistic painter but in 1906 chose to pursue a radically different path as an artist – one that was deeply engaged with spiritualism, with new developments in science and with the natural world.

No one had created paintings like hers before – so monumental in scale, with such radiant colour combinations, enigmatic symbols and other-worldly shapes. In an era of limited creative freedom for women, her paintings became an outlet for her exceptional intelligence, spiritual quest and ground-breaking artistic vision.

Walking Through Lilies


2. Lyrical Landscapes:

The Art of William Robinson

13 July – 3 Oct, 2021

HOTA | Gold Coast

Robinson’s work has been inspired by the magic of our very own backyard – the Gold Coast hinterland – and his landscape visions enchant and inspire in unlikely ways.

Lyrical Landscapes presents a selection of Robinson’s art, including monumental multi-paneled paintings from his Creation series (including HOTA Gallery’s own work, The Rainforest, the inspiration for the new HOTA Gallery architectural design) alongside intimate studies and prints.

For the first time, the entire Creation series produced over 16 years, will be presented together as the centerpiece of the exhibition in an experience that highlights the artist’s spiritual connection to the natural world, and his love of classical music.

Walking Through Lilies


3. Camille Henrot

Is Today Tomorrow

18 June – 24 Oct, 2021

NGV International | Melbourne

Camille Henrot, Bad Dad & Beyond 2015

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. Henrot references self-help, online second-hand marketplaces, cultural anthropology, literature, psychoanalysis, and social media to question what it means to be at once a private individual and a global subject.

The exhibition features key works from the past decade including a group of new works on paper never before exhibited.

Henrot has participated in group exhibitions in Australia, most recently the NGV Triennial in 2017. This is Camille Henrot’s first major survey exhibition in Australia.

Walking Through Lilies


4. Ritual

The Past in the Present

15 May – 22 Aug, 2021

Cairns Art Gallery | Cairns

Ostara 1 (152x102)

Simone Arnol, Gunggandji

RITUAL the past in the present extends the Gallery’s research interest in contemporary art practices that explore narratives around issues of Australian Indigenous and global black identity in the world’s tropic zone.

RITUAL explores relationships between contemporary Indigenous art and ritual within the global context of transcultural ritual practices in the Asia Pacific region.

The defining characteristic of ritual, as a recurrent act based on the concept of passage and transformation to bring the past into the present, is explored through artworks that engage with social, divinatory and cyclical rituals and respond to the practice, processes and performative nature of rituals.

The juxtaposition of commissioned and loan works by Australian Indigenous and Asia Pacific artists opens up new artistic dialogues around shared understandings of cultural knowledge and beliefs, while exploring contemporary issues around identity and cultural continuity.

Presented in partnership with Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF).

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5. Doug Aitken:

New Era

Opens 24 Sept, 2021

MCA | Sydney

Doug Aitken, SONG 1, 2012/2015

Doug Aitken, SONG 1, 2012/2015. 7-channel composited video installation (colour, sound)

American artist Doug Aitken (born 1968) is internationally recognised for his ambitious practice that incorporates objects, installations, photographs and vast, multi-screen environments that envelop viewers within a kaleidoscope of moving imagery and sound. Based in Los Angeles, Aitken has realised museum projects around the world, as well as monumental interventions within the natural landscape and below the ocean’s surface.

Aitken’s interest in light, reflection and multiplication is extended through his sculptures that incorporate language and text, cut from mirror, or rendered in neon.

Walking Through Lilies


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