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Dior is getting a major retrospective at NGV
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Dior is getting a major retrospective at NGV

Dior's 70-year legacy of Haute Couture will be celebrated in a major retrospective at the NGV next year.

David Hockney: Current

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

The Art of Banksy

The Art of Banksy

An entirely unauthorised, yet no less impressive, showcase of some of the artist's best-known work

The best art in January
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The best art in January

This summer, make it your mission to visit these blockbuster exhibitions and other provocative art shows.

Art exhibitions to see in Melbourne

The best art in Melbourne

The best art galleries in Melbourne
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The best art galleries in Melbourne

Take in blockbuster exhibitions, local shows and state-of-the-art installations at Melbourne's best galleries

The best free art galleries in Melbourne
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The best free art galleries in Melbourne

Because getting up close to world-class art shouldn't cut a healthy slice out of your salary

Where to find the best street art in Melbourne
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Where to find the best street art in Melbourne

The street art hotspots that any self-respecting 'grammer should be snapping

Time Out's guide to Aboriginal art
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Time Out's guide to Aboriginal art

Many visitors want to take away a piece of Indigenous art as a souvenir, but it’s not quite that simple

Bluffer's guide to contemporary art
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Bluffer's guide to contemporary art

From Duchamp and Warhol, contemporary art can take a fair bit of untangling

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NGV International
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NGV International

Victoria's premier art gallery features major blockbuster exhibitions. The permanent collection includes a Rembrandt, a Bonnard and a Tiepolo

The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
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The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia

See NGV's extensive collection of Australian artwork, ranging from the Colonial period through to contemporary art

Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA)
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Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA)

A not-for-profit gallery showcasing group exhibitions of sculpture, video, installation, photography, print and paint

Heide Museum of Modern Art
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Heide Museum of Modern Art

This bastion of Australian modernism and contemporary art also boasts an outdoor sculpture park and the 1960s home of founders John and Sunday Reed.

Arts Centre Melbourne
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Arts Centre Melbourne

Featuring temporary and permanent exhibitions from the Arts Centre's performing arts and public art collections

Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)
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Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)

The place to go for major exhibitions and screenings relating to film, television and gaming culture

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The Munich Brahaus will be celebrating Australia Day with an all day party in the beer hall and beyond. They'll be hosting a special summer barbecue from 2pm, dishing out grilled corn on the cob, bratwurst, grilled chicken, veggie skewers and more delicious summer food. There will also be a drinks special which includes a peach, strawberry, mango and passionfruit Summer Schnapps Bellinis and buckets of craft beer including the Munich Lager. You can also stay tuned into Triple J’s Hottest 100 throughout the day, which will be streaming right across the dining hall, beer garden and bars. If you're a sports fan, you can also catch the Australian Open semi-final, screened live all day.

Experience royally good entertainment at Kingpin Bowling
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Experience royally good entertainment at Kingpin Bowling

It’s bowling but, not as you know it. Kingpin at Crown Melbourne has undergone a major makeover that now boasts four luxe entertainment spaces to bowl, wine and dine. Open seven days a week from 10am to 2am, Kingpin is crowned by The Hub; a contemporary party area featuring 12 state-of-the-art bowling lanes and over 3,000 bowling pins secured to the ceiling. Punters can sit and dine or order mouth-watering dishes and cocktails straight to their lanes. The menu features share dishes (think hot wings, nachos and sliders), a barbecue pork rib feast for you and your crew and slow cooked beef brisket. Kick back at the Patrón sponsored cocktail bar, Room 300, and select from a delicious drinks menu or order cocktails on tap. Table and bottle service is available for those seeking the royal treatment or, you can book your VIP crew into Pins Royale; an exclusive event space fitted with mahogany lanes and gold bowling balls. If you need a break from the lanes, there are also pool tables to test your skills, while a DJ spins all night. Revellers can also play on at Playtime. Choose your weapon, enter a new reality, shoot old school hoops or experience cutting-edge driving games with over 150 games to keep you entertained.

The Art of Banksy

The Art of Banksy

A Banksy retrospective, featuring more than 80 of his best-known works, and exhibited in a gallery space. Does it sound like something that the British artist – an anti-establishment icon – would ever approve?  No, it doesn’t – and it’s not. The Art of Banksy is an entirely unauthorised exhibition, curated by the famously anonymous artist’s former agent, Steve Lazarides. The pair, who are both from Bristol, go back many years to the days when Lazarides took photos of Banksy’s work for the now-defunct Sleazenation magazine. These days, he owns Lazarides Rathbone gallery in London, and is recognised as a key figure in bringing street art into galleries. Several years ago, he realised that many of his clients owned Banksy works, some of which had never been seen by the public. Soon, the idea of doing a retrospective took hold. Lazarides didn’t feel the need to seek Banksy’s approval – not that he would’ve received it anyway. For reasons he’d rather not talk about, the pair haven’t spoken for eight years. “He probably fucking hates it,” he says, laughing. “But I think [Banksy] genuinely belongs to the general public. He made himself public property…  and I haven’t taken anything off the street – I’ve just put a collection of works together for people to enjoy the art of Banksy.”  Not everyone agrees with this sentiment. Two days before the exhibition opened, Melbourne street artist Matt ‘Adnate’ painted a version of Caravaggio’s 'The Taking of Christ' directly onto the entranc