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Insiders Melbourne -- May 2011 in Melbourne
May 02, 2011

What’s on
in Melbourne Arts

It is May in Melbourne. And as it is getting colder, we are bringing you what is on in the arts – the aesthetic and beautiful, thought-provoking or engaging. Here is a snapshot of Melbourne art in May 2011:

NEW11 – at ACCA

Still running til May 15, is ACCA’s (Australian Centre for Contemporary Art) annual commissions’ exhibition - where you can find the uncanny, symbolic, political, historical and comedic. It offers something new and the opportunity to exhibit for ten Australian artists: Fiona Abicare, Rebecca Baumann, Tim Coster, Greatest Hits, Shane Haseman, Mark Hilton, Dan Moynihan, Brendan Van Hek, Justene Williams and Annie Wu.

Open Tuesday to Sunday, 111 Sturt Street, Southbank. ACCA - Art Galleries Melbourne

Artists’ Ink – Bundoora Homestead

Also still running til May 15 is an exhibition of printmaking from the Warrnambool Art Gallery Collection 1970-2001. This documents thirty years of Australian printmaking and includes a large range of styles and approaches, and works by notable printmakers such as Yvonne Boag, Dean Bowen, John Coburn, Tim Jones, Deborah Klein, Graeme Peebles and Geoff Ricardo.

The Bundoora Homestead is a late 19th century magnificent Federation mansion, historic house and art gallery. It is open Wednesday to Sunday afternoon, 7-27 Snake Gully Drive, Bundoora. Bundoora Homestead

GATEWAY – Contemporary Art in Chinatown

This exhibition runs til May 23 in Chinatown at the Chinese Museum. It tells the story of context, translation, place, displacement – and the contribution of the Chinese community to society. 13 artists tell their story and experience of the Chinese culture and the changing relationships between Australia and China.

Open every day, 22 Cohen Place, Melbourne. Chinese Museum

Toorak Village Sculpture Exhibition

Over the whole month of May you can admire sculptures in the sidewalks and shop windows of the Toorak Village – an event that has been attracting a growing number of sculptors, as well as art collectors. There are small to medium sized installations in shop windows, as well as large footpath installations.

Throughout May: Toorak Road, Toorak, between Ross Street and Tintern Avenue.

Affordable Art Fair

This is on from May 19 - 22, at the Royal Exhibition Building. Here you get over hundred galleries from around Australia and overseas – with many artists onsite – to show and sell their latest. This is an all round show – for every budget, from contemporary to traditional, demonstrations and entertainment.– as well as thousands of paintings, sculpture, ceramics, photography, indigenous works, new media art and works on paper. An art extravaganza!

May 19-22, Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton. Affordable Art Fair

Experimenta Utopia Now

And spicing up a trip to the peninsula, the Experimenta Utopia Now is touring the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery from 12 May to 19 June. The Experimenta Utopia Now showcases interactive and screen-based media artworks that critique the scope for happiness on Earth as we know it, poke fun at social and physical boundaries and question the human race’s ability to preserve itself…

From May 12, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Civic Reserve, Dunns Road, Mornington.

Eugene von Guérard - Nature Revealed

Till August, the Ian Potter Centre showcases Eugene von Guérard (1811–1901), Australia’s most important colonial landscape painter. He was trained in Europe but came back to Australia to complete his magnificent landscape paintings that give you a real sense of the mid-1800 Victorian landscapes. A great exhibition, not seen since the 1980s! Til August, Ian Potter Centre, Federation Square.

Vienna: Art & Design

And then – to look forward to - a winter treat with works from the greats of the Vienna School such as Klimt, Schiele, Hoffmann – the group of radical young artists, architects, writers, musicians, designers and thinkers who overturned all rules. Their stylish, provocative and rebellious work was central to the early 20th century artistic revolution.

With more than 250 works of art, including painting, drawing, graphic and decorative art, furniture, fashion, jewellery and photography, you can experience the inventiveness and brilliance of these unique and revolutionary artists.

18 June - October, NGV, 180 St Kilda Road. Art Galleries Melbourne

Definitely many possibilities of exporing the arts in Melbourne in May!

With all the best Wishes

for the We Love Melbourne team

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