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The best art exhibitions in Melbourne this month

Take a tour of beauty with one of these exhibitions – from major blockbusters to small-scale freebies

Installation view of A Fairy Tale in Red Times: Works from the White Rabbit Collection
Photograph: Tom Ross

The NGV's big winter double – bringing together the Terracotta Warriors with Chinese contemporary art superstar Cai Guo-Qiang – is well under way, but there's plenty to see across the whole city during July. Heide Museum of Modern Art is celebrating Melbourne icon Mirka Mora and showing some intriguing ceramics while a new exhibition is opening up at ACCA.

Looking to get out of the gallery? See the best street art in Melbourne. And if you're after something a touch more dramatic, here's our hit-list of the best theatre in Melbourne this month.

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Warriors: Guardians of
and Cai Guo
Installation view. Photograph:

Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient Landscape

icon-location-pin NGV International, Southbank

Cai Guo-Qiang is best known for unique, large-scale artworks that draw on his cultural heritage. In this exhibition, part of the National Gallery of Victoria's prestigious Winter Masterpieces series, he's presenting all new works.

Terracotta Warriors NGV 2019
Photograph: Courtesy NGV

Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality

icon-location-pin NGV International, Southbank

The National Gallery of Victoria's latest winter blockbuster was a look back at the last 130 years of modern art, but their major 2019 winter exhibitions are looking a fair bit further back. All the way to the third century BCE.

Mirka for Melbourne Heide 2019

Mirka for Melbourne

icon-location-pin Heide Museum of Modern Art, Bulleen

After beloved Melbourne artist Mirka Mora passed away last year at the age of 90, many of her artworks and personal possessions were put up for public auction. Horrified at the thought of the artist’s legacy being split up, members of Melbourne’s art community set up a crowd funding campaign to allow Heide Museum of Modern Art to purchase a selection of the auction’s contents.

ACCA On Vulnerability and Doubt 2019 supplied
Courtesy the artist

On Vulnerability and Doubt

icon-location-pin Australian Centre for Contemporary Art - ACCA, Southbank

Putting yourself out there – whether in love, work or friendship – is one of most terrifying things a person can do, so it’s the perfect inspiration for the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art’s winter exhibition.

A Fairy Tale in Red Times NGV 2019

A Fairy Tale in Red Times: Works from the White Rabbit Collection

icon-location-pin NGV International, Southbank

White Rabbit, a privately owned four-storey temple to 21st century Chinese art, is a big deal in Sydney. It shows Judith Neilson’s epic and eclectic collection to hordes of Sydneysiders every week, ranging from small-scale works to massive installations. This is the first time the collection is being shown at the NGV, with a selection of 26 artists.

The Moon Geelong Gallery 2019
Image courtesy Australian Centre for the Moving Image

The Moon

icon-location-pin Geelong Gallery, Geelong

July marks the 50th anniversary of the moon landings, so what better way to commemorate the occasion than by examining the ways the moon has inspired art over the centuries?

Art, Digital and interactive

Gertrude Street Projection Festival

icon-location-pin Around Fitzroy, Fitzroy

Who doesn’t love seeing the city streets alight with colour and art? From July 26 to August 3, Gertrude Street Projection Festival invites you to open your mind and your imagination as a huge light display takes over the entire length of Fitzroy's Gertrude Street. 

Hans and Nora Heysen: Two Generations of Australian Art NGV 2019

Hans and Nora Heysen: Two Generations of Australian Art

icon-location-pin The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Melbourne

Father and daughter artists Hans and Nora Heysen helped shaped the course of 20th century Australian art. Both accomplished artists in their own right, Hans is recognised as one of the pioneers of Australian landscape painting, while Nora was an established portraitist and still life painter who became the first female winner of the Archibald Prize.

Bill Henson The Light Fades but the Gods Remain Monash Gallery of Art 2019 supplied
Bill Henson, 'Untitled 153', 1985-86
Art, Photography

Bill Henson: The Light Fades But the Gods Remain

icon-location-pin Monash Gallery of Art, Wheelers Hill

Bill Henson might just be Australia’s greatest living photographer, so you could be forgiven for thinking he has bigger fish to fry than documenting the changes in his own backyard. Not so. 

Linden New Art sound exhibitions 2019
Mona Rujis, 'Sympathetic Resonance'

Linden New Art's sound exhibitions

icon-location-pin Linden New Art, St Kilda

Art is generally a visual medium, but Linden New Art is focusing on the ears this month, with three new exhibitions dedicated to the power of sound.

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Looking to get outside the gallery?

Croft Alley, Melbourne Street Art 2017, Photo credit: Graham Denholm
Photograph: Graham Denholm
Art, Street art

Where to find the best street art in Melbourne

Sure, street art covers almost every nook and cranny of our creative, colourful city, but there are more highly concentrated clusters than others. These are the street art hotspots that any self-respecting 'grammer should be snapping: the city's ten best street mural hotspots, in all their spray-painted laneway glory. 

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