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Here’s our guide to Melbourne’s art galleries for the month of June, with our recommendations for exhibitions, art shows and instillations to see this month.
June is always a highlight of Melbourne’s art calendar, with a plethora of Melbourne art gallery exhibitions taking place in and around the city, from Melbourne’s annual winter masterpieces, to tails of platoon from the epic PHOTO 2022 festival, to the wide range of contemporary art exhibitions that happen in the city each month.
Explore Melbourne’s latest art events, exhibitions and performances here.
Sound compositions and live performances take over the Melbourne Art Gallery space at ACCA in an exhibition presented by several artists responding to the concept of Meatus. A passage or opening that leads inside the body, such as the ear canal and nasal passages, meatus explores listening and hearing practices. With four galleries that cross and intertwine, ACCA transforms into a meatus itself – an immersive, sensory experience of sound and light.
Frances Barrett: Meatus runs from April 2 to June 19 at ACCA
Gaia is a seven-meter-wide, internally lit illuminated instillation of the Earth that hangs in St. Paul’s Cathedral. Intent to invoke the big picture effect in its audience – the sense of awe at the immense scale of our universe – British artist Luke Jerram’s instillation explores human connectedness and the fragility of life. Rotating once every four minutes, the sculpture is rendered from detailed NASA imagery and accompanied by a soundtrack by Dan Jones, a BAFTA award-winning composer.
You can see Gaia at St. Paul’s Cathedral until June 26
An ode to a pre-pandemic New York, Requiem in New York is a visually powerful collection from this Melbourne art gallery that tells the story of a city at a time of uncertain crisis. Known for his photographs of conflict zones, photojournalist Ashley Gilbertson documents the events of 2020, which unfolded around him during his regular jogs around the city.
The exhibition runs until August 22 at the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Fed Square
NGV transforms into Picasso’s Parisian paradise with 36 concerts until October
A collection of over 70 works curated by the Tate in the UK, Light emphasizes the artistic fascination with light by showcasing art from over 200 years of art history. Works by great Romantic painters such as Turner and Impressionist artists such as Monet, Pissarro and Sisley are juxtaposed with modern and contemporary sculptural art in this illuminating exhibition.
you can catch Light: Works from the Tate Collection from June 16 to November 13 at the ACMI
An intimate exploration of one of the most influential and pioneering fashion photographers of all time, Helmut Newton: Focus is a collection of 78 original photographs. A provocative and often controversial fashion photographer, his erotically charged black-and-white prints made Newton one of the most sought-after photographers of the 20e century. The exhibition follows the artist’s youth in Berlin, his flight from Germany at the start of the Second World War and his internment in the Victoria region.
It runs until July 7 at the Jewish Museum of Australia
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The Center for Contemporary Photography offers three major exhibitions running simultaneously; with queering the frame explore photographs by Australian artists across generations and internet immigrant satirically exploring deeply rooted prejudices in our culture. Paul Mpagi Sepuya features an artist who places queerness and blackness at the heart of his photography, whose exhibit at the CCP includes elements from his studio such as mirrors, photographic tools and backdrops.
They are presented simultaneously, you can see both exhibitions at the CCP (Centre for Contemporary Photography) from April 29 to June 12.
Three exhibitions of queer photography take place in Fitzroy
Buxton Contemporary has quickly grown to become a must-visit Melbourne art gallery. Two exhibitions presented side by side at Buxton Contemporary – Ants are in the idiom is a presentation of a new commission from Susan Jacobs that meditates on the relationship between language and matter through drawing, sculpture and installation. Drawings from the University of Melbourne Herbarium are featured in Still life, an exhibition that explores symbiotic relationships, mycelial networks and microorganisms through the natural sciences.
The exhibition runs from June 3 to November 6 at Buxton Contemporary
The most unique exhibition you are likely to see at a Melbourne art gallery this month, Gertrude Contemporary presents a duel between Veronica Franco, the 16e Italian poet of the century and the algorithm. Veronica Franco vs. Instagram is both an exhibition and a sound experience, developed in conversation with a group of actors, it features a sound performance of spoken and sung prose that was developed from a script based on the novel Hotel Sorrento by Hannie Rayson in 1990.
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It is from May 27 to June 25 at Contemporary Gertrude