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7 Summer Exhibitions to Satisfy Your Artistic Cravings

Art Lovers | 5 January 2024

Summer is the perfect time to indulge in some art appreciation. With sunny days and warm weather, it’s the ideal season for strolling through galleries and soaking up some culture.

To help you plan your artistic adventures, we’ve handpicked a selection of exhibitions that caught our eye and are definitely worth checking out.

1. ~ Kandinsky

Vasily Kandinsky Improvisation 28 (Second Version), 1912

Until 10th March


One of the great innovators of European abstraction, Vasily Kandinsky (1866–1944) broke new ground in painting during the first decades of the 20th century.

This comprehensive exhibition, curated with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, draws from the Guggenheim’s rich holdings to reveal Kandinsky’s work in depth – from his beginnings in Munich, to his return to his birthplace of Moscow with the outbreak of World War One, followed by the interwar years in Germany where he was an instructor at the Bauhaus, and his final chapter in Paris.

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2. ~ Fairy Tales

GOMA's Fairy Tales exhibition explores ancient folk stories through mediums including animation. (HANDOUT/QUEENSLAND ART GALLERY (QAG) AND GALLERY OF MODERN ART (GOMA))

Until 28th April


Step into the enchanting world of once upon a time. From opulent carriages to sumptuous gowns, twisted woodlands to mystical mirrors, ‘Fairy Tales’ at GOMA explores centuries of beloved folk stories through art, design and film.

Exclusive to Brisbane, this exhibition brings together exceptional contemporary art, breathtaking costumes, immersive installations and stunning cinema from visual storytellers around the world to untangle themes of bravery and justice, loyalty and humility, cunning and aspiration.

‘Fairy Tales’ features the work of artists Abdul Abdullah, Del Kathryn Barton, Destiny Deacon, Gustave Doré, Rachel Feinstein, Trulee Hall, Carsten Höller, Anish Kapoor, Yayoi Kusama, Ron Mueck, Tracey Moffatt, Henrique Oliveira, Polixeni Papapetrou, Patricia Piccinini, Kiki Smith, Jana Sterbak and many others.

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3. ~ Triennial

Installation view of Jean Jullien’s <em>RIFIFI: Jean Jullien for Kids</em> as part of NGV Triennial from 3 December 2023 to 7 April 2024 at NGV International, Melbourne. Photo: Sean Fennessy

Until 7th April


NGV Triennial is a powerful and moving snapshot of the world today as captured through 100 extraordinary projects, the work of 120 artists, designers, and collectives at the forefront of global contemporary practice.

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4. ~ Vincent Namatjira: Australia in colour

Until 21st January


As part of the Tarnanthi Festival, AGSA presents the first survey exhibition of acclaimed Western Aranda artist Vincent Namatjira. Renowned for producing paintings laden with dry wit, Namatjira has established himself in the past decade as a celebrated portraitist and a satirical chronicler of Australian identity. His paintings offer a wry look at the politics of history, power and leadership from a contemporary Aboriginal perspective. Namatjira often positions himself in this history – out of place and out of time – and in doing so he helps us to reconcile our complex and traumatic pasts.

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5. ~ Radiate

Until 28th April


Radiate is a survey exhibition of the past 20+ years of practice for internationally acclaimed artist Donna Marcus.

In this exhibition, Marcus threads familial connection with conceptual and historical underpinnings from marine salvaging in the early 1900s to themes of memory, minimalism, and geometry. A once long-term resident of the Gold Coast Hinterland, Marcus is a dedicated collector of domestic materials that she uses to explore the formal properties of composition, form, and pattern.

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6. ~ Death Metal Summer

AGWA's 'Death Metal Summer' exhibition - Photo Review

Until 21st April


Death Metal Summer: Deanna Templeton and Ed Templeton brings together more than 140 photographs by two of our era’s most vital artists.

With works from 1995-2022 selected and laid out in three large wall installations, it is a highly energetic overview of their overlapping visions. The show features many of the married couple’s most famous images – from Deanna’s exquisite swimming pool photos to Ed’s iconic pipe skating work – as well as those shot on their local turf Huntington Beach, California, where late capitalist life and the suburban dream are collapsing in on themselves.

Shooting with film and employing an off-the-cuff street-style manner, the artists respond to the chaotic intensity and impossible beauty and sadness of life in a manner that seems that there is always something at stake.

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7. ~ Tarek Atoui: Waters’ Witness

Tarek Atoui, Waters’ Witness (detail), 2023, installation view, MCA Austalia

Until 4th February


Paris-based artist Tarek Atoui (b. 1980, Beirut) is a composer whose work considers how sound can be experienced across multiple senses, the ways it facilitates social interaction, and its relationship to place, history and ecology. He develops his multi-disciplinary projects over several years and in collaboration with musicians, instrument makers, technicians and other artists.

Waters’ Witness is an immersive sonic landscape based on the acoustic identities of port cities from Athens to Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Beirut, Porto, Istanbul and now Sydney. Recording sounds close to the sea and under the water, Atoui has produced a unique score for each city which becomes part of the work’s soundscape and a source of inspiration for new sound sculptures and musical devices. Waters’ Witness is an immersive sonic landscape that is reimagined in a different format for each presentation.

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Visit the Art Lovers Australia Gallery

RE-OPENING | Tuesday 9th January, 2024

300 Wellington St. Collingwood Vic. 3066

Tues. – Sat. | 10am to 4pm

Featuring 4 gallery spaces over 2 floors in the middle of the arts hub of Collingwood, the Art Lovers Australia Gallery is a physical space to showcase a selection of artists from the Art Lovers Australia online store.

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Currently Exhibiting

Smalls Exhibition

Until 3rd February

A vibrant and exciting exhibition showcasing the incredible talent of over 50 Australian artists and 200 plus artworks celebrating artistic expression on a small scale, with all artworks under 1m.

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