David Hockney: Current
He’s 79 years old, British, and a painter – but David Hockney isn’t exactly old school, and the first thing you should know about the National Gallery of Victoria’s new exhibition, David Hockney: Current, is that the vast majority of works in it were made on an iPhone or iPad. The second thing you need to know is that despite Hockney’s age and prestige in the art world, this is not a retrospective of his 60-year career. David Hockney: Current covers the last 10 years of his practice, and includes several works from as recently as two months before the show opened. Although Hockney has painted many works in oil and acrylics in the last decade (for example, his 2012 show at London’s Royal Academy of Art was largely comprised of actual paintings), he has made even more works on iPhone and iPad in this time – and this is what NGV’s show is focussing on. Hockney is having a bit of a moment right now: the Royal Academy's 2012 survey of his landscapes made major bank; in 2013, he had a major show at San Francisco’s de Young fine arts museum; in 2016, RA had him back with his portrait series ‘82 portraits & 1 still life’ (which is one of the highlights of David Hockney: Current, taking up a whole 35-metre gallery). Following NGV’s show, a major retrospective will open at the Tate Britain in February 2017, and then travel to the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. So why does this artist command such a massive audience? It has partly to do wit
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Did you ever wonder why France’s film culture is so rich and varied and full of big-name stars? Simple: for every cinema ticket sold in France, whether for a local film or a Hollywood blockbuster, the state gets money to invest into French films. The latest fruits of this vibrant industry screen in March, spanning comedy, biopic, drama, war stories, animation and romance. They include new movies from the Dardenne Brothers, Anne Fontaine and Bertrand Tavernier, featuring stars such as Isabelle Huppert, Daniel Auteuil, Omar Sy, Audrey Tautou and many, many more. Gender equality is especially strong in the French movie world, with 17 new movies from women directors. And here’s another drawcard: the festival is running a competition this year with prizes for attendees of a trip for two to France and a trip for two to New Caledonia. Here are Time Out’s 12 picks of highlights to look out for. The Alliance Française French Film Festival is set to take place across Palace Cinemas throughout Melbourne including: the Kino Cinemas, the Astor Theatre, Palace Balwyn, palace Brighton Bay, Palace Westgarth and Palace Cinema Como.
Bucks parties at Munich Brauhaus
Bucks parties at Munich Brauhaus are big on fun, food and celebration. Along with live bands, DJs and loads of steins of bier, the Munich Brauhaus always has a great party atmosphere. They also offer special bucks party packages – for just $50 per person you can enjoy a round of pretzels, a stein of craft beer, a famous Munich pork knuckle and a round of schnapps shots to finish. So get your mates together and celebrate before the big day. Find out more about bucks parties at the Munich Brauhaus.
Three CBD pubs open all night long for White Night
This Saturday night, White Night is set to light up the street of Melbourne's CBD with the return of the 12-hour art party. Taking in all that culture is thirsty work, so it's lucky that some of the CBD's favourite pubs are open all night long too. Stop off at the Duke to try a special White Night cocktail, inspired by the festival fun. Over at the Crafty Squire there will be live music all night long, and finally the super centrally located Imperial Bourke Street is also open all night long, complete with great views of Melbourne Parliament House from its rooftop bar. So get down to the city and make the most of the night, all while enjoying the lively atmosphere of these three historic pubs.
Monday night means locals night at the Exchange Hotel
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