If you’re looking to kick off the new year with a healthy dose of inspiration and some good old fashioned culture, then Melbourne’s got you spoilt for choice. This creatively charged city of ours is simply brimming with galleries and exhibition spaces, offering a world-class selection of art, design, history, and all else in between. Here are a few exhibitions worth checking out before summer’s over.
#1 NGV Architecture Commission by M at STUDIO Architects @ NGV Garden
NGV’s ongoing Architecture Commissions program looks to shake up the way we showcase architecture, giving emerging and established architects the chance to unleash their creativity on full-sized, temporary projects. The latest of these gems, by M@ Studio, is a huge pink-and-white nod to our suburban landscape, which pulls its inspiration and dimensions from an actual Blackburn car wash.
#2 Viktor & Rolf: Fashion Artists at NGV International
October 21 – February 26
Offering stunning proof that fashion is art, the work of celebrated Dutch fashion designers Viktor & Rolf is on display at NGV International until the end of February. Visitors will get a peek at over 40 of the duo’s avant-garde get-ups, along with footage from some of their innovative runway shows and an installation inspired by the designers’ latest covetable collection.
#3 Dragformation at Chapel off Chapel
January 20 – February 5
As part of the colour and celebration of this year’s Midsumma Festival, Chapel off Chapel is will give punters a glimpse at Aaron Walker’s thought-provoking project, Dragformation, as he captures the essence of today’s drag culture. His powerful photography depicts some of the scene’s brightest characters, joyfully exploring constructions of self, identity, and diversity.
#4 ON AIR: 40 Years of 3RRR at The State Library of Victoria
November 18 – January 29
The State Library’s usually a place of hushed tones and quiet page-turning, but until January 29, its Keith Murdoch Gallery has instead become one big celebration of music. The free ON AIR exhibition dives into the history and culture of local radio station, 3RRR, showcasing a rarely-glimpsed collection of gig posters, photos, artworks and merchandise that have been plucked from the archives.
#5 Deadstock, by No Vacancy Gallery @ Federation Square Atrium
January 31 – February 5
The line dividing shoes and art is given a good old smudge, in this immersive exhibition by young local artists, Kyle Adams, Liamme Cardinal, and Kodjowild. Bound to intrigue sneaker fiends and art-lovers alike, the trio’s diverse body of work explores the vibrant world of sneaker culture, with each artist throwing down interpretations of some of this era’s hottest shoe designs.
Image source: Creative VIC, NGV, No-Vacancy, Deadstock Melbourne.