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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Little Emperors at Malthouse
For the inaugural Asia TOPA festival, Malthouse Theatre paired award-winning Australian playwright Lachlan Philpott and maverick Beijing-based director Wang Chong to create a new work. The result explores the fraught legacy of China’s 40-year One Child Policy, through the prism of one family. The term ‘Little Emperors’ relates to a behavioural syndrome affecting the generations of only-children born in the lead up to 2016 (when the One Child Policy was officially abolished). Envisioned as a radical experiment to curb population growth, the policy unwittingly gave rise to a new breed of ultra-indulged children, who in turn will shape the future of a superpower. Philpott’s play pivots between Melbourne and Beijing, and between English language and Mandarin, to tell the story of a sister, her illegal brother, and the emotional and cultural fall-out of the environments in which they were raised. Wang Chong, founder of the world-renowned Théâtre du Rêve Expérimental, brings both his bold vision and personal experiences, as a someone born in the One Child Policy era, to bear on this rich and revelatory tale. Little Emperors runs from Feb 9-26 at Malthouse Theatre.
WTC Wharf Outdoor Cinema
To celebrate February's long, balmy summer nights WTC Wharf is hosting its very own al fresco cinema every Friday and Saturday night until mid-March. To enjoy a movie under the stars, all you have to do is book dinner at one of the WTC Wharf's restaurants and dine in from $25 per person, then you will receive free entry to that night's movie screening. Relax back on deckchairs or bean bags and watch blockbusters and classics under the stars. You can try a Chinese banquet from Man Mo, Lebanese cuisine at Byblos, Japanese fare from Kobe Jones or get a bistro feed from The Wharf Bar. Cinema highlights include The Danish Girl, The Secret Life of Pets and Les Misérables.
Savour Wayside Inn's rotisserie dish for lunch and dinner
South Melbourne pub Wayside Inn is the place to be if you're after a classic pub meal for lunch or dinner. On Monday to Saturday from noon to 9pm, the Wayside Inn kitchen is offering slow-cooked, rotisserie dishes complete with all the trimmings. For just $25, you can enjoy the day's rotisserie dish with a glass of wine in the bar area, or for $38 if you're dining in the restaurant. Dishes change seasonally, but they will no doubt be cooked to juicy perfection in the rotisserie oven. 446 City Rd, South Melbourne 3205. 03 9810 0083. Mon-Sat noon-9pm.
Cities of Architecture
The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art presents this new series of talks exploring the architectural, urban and cultural history of some of the world’s most inspiring destinations, from the skyscrapers of Shanghai to historic Sagrada Familia Basilica in Barcelona. The series kicks off with a free launch at MPavilion, followed by monthly editions exploring some of the world's most fascinating destinations and the built environments that make them so remarkable. Whether you're travelling to any of these destinations or just want to learn more about some of the globe's most inspiring cities, this series will offer insights from leaders in the architectural fields. You'll also get to enjoy a special cocktail created for each city the talk in inspired by, from the Melbourne Gin Company and Starward Whisky. For the full list of events in this series, click on the 'Dates and Times' tab.