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5 Amazing Exhibitions You Need To See In 2019

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If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get your culture on, 2019 has some cultural delights in store for you!

From the beautiful and the organic to the iconic and the weird, the world’s finest museums and galleries are putting on some truly amazing things — here’s just a few of the local shows on our list, plus a bonus international exhibition for the adventurers among us.

#1 NGA Canberra: Yayoi Kusama, THE SPIRITS OF THE PUMPKINS DESCENDED INTO THE HEAVENS

Image courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore/ Shanghai

THE SPIRITS OF THE PUMPKINS DESCENDED INTO THE HEAVENS is an “infinity experience” from legendary multi-reflective artist Yayoi Kusama — and it’s already on show at the National Gallery of Australia if you want to start your 2019 off right. Spirits of the Pumpkins uses reflective surfaces, patterns and a “peep-show mirror box” to create an immersive experience that champions Kusama’s most mystical motif: pumpkins.

With free entry, there’s no excuse not to experience this truly unique exhibition.


#2 MCA Sydney: Janet Laurence, After Nature

Image: Janet Laurence / Museum of Contemporary Art

Starting on March 1, After Nature is the latest exhibition from one of Australia’s most prolific contemporary artists, Janet Laurence. It features key works from her 30-year body of work, which tackles the connections between all living things in the form of sculptures, installations, photography and video.

After Nature is open from March ’til June and is the perfect introduction to one of Australia’s leading artists.


#3 MONA Hobart: Dark Mofo

Image: Dark Mofo / Adam Gibson

While the full program isn’t being announced until April, if the 2018 event is anything to go by, Dark Mofo will be something exceptional when it begins in June. As a multi-disciplinary culture festival, Dark Mofo features everything from live music and theatre and art installations to light shows and everything weird, wacky and alternative.

The 2018 event saw music acts like St. Vincent, Electric Wizard and Alice Glass performing, as well as a 72-hour performance by Australian performance artist Mike Parr, which saw him buried under a road to memorialise 20th-century colonial violence.

Dark Mofo is a staple of Hobart’s culture, and this year is surely not to be missed.


#4 NGV Melbourne: Terracotta Warriors: Guardians Of Immortality

Image: National Gallery of Victoria

Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality marks the first time in 37 years the collection of statues known as the Terracotta Army have been shown in Melbourne. Crafted sometime between 221 and 206 BCE and first discovered in 1974, the statues are considered to be one of the most vital archaeological finds of the 20th century.

Running from May until October at the National Gallery of Victoria, the exhibition will include eight warrior-figures, two life-sized horses and two half-size bronze chariot replicas, along with 150 other treasures sourced from museums and archaeological sites, with pieces dating back over 3000 years. If you fancy yourself an Indiana Jones type, this one is for you.


#5 Tate Modern, London: Van Gogh And Britain

Image: Tate Modern

For those willing to travel overseas, this one is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Running from March to August, Van Gogh and Britain is a showcase of 45 works by Vincent Van Gogh that explores his relationship with Britain — how it inspired him, and how he inspired its artists. Living in England during his formative years, Van Gogh absorbed much of Britain’s culture at the time and explored it through some of his most famous artworks.

Featuring Starry Night on the Rhône and the rare SunflowersVan Gogh and Britain is a must-see exhibition for any art fanatic — and for £22 ($38.64) a ticket, you can’t go wrong.

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