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The Must-see Art Exhibitions Around Australia in 2018

From coast to coast, Australia’s art scene is impressive and ever-evolving. Our galleries attract world-class artists and events every year, and 2018’s line-up is one of the most exciting yet. While some incredible collections are landing on Sydney’s shores, we’re going national, and looking at galleries across the country.

These are the exhibitions that are worth hopping in a car or jumping on a plane or train to see while you can – most of them won’t come around twice!

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards

Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory (MAGNT), Darwin

10 August – 25 November


Travelling to the Top End? Stop in at MAGNT to check out the work of the best and brightest Indigenous artists. The gallery is once again hosting the finalists of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards. More than 65,000 visitors stroll through the showcase each year, where you can expect to see vibrant paintings, sculptures and audio-vidual works along with installations.

Zero at MONA

MONA, Hobart

9 June – 22 April


It’s the ultimate weekend getaway, and now you have another reason to visit Hobart: MONA’s hotly anticipated ZERO exhibition is dropping in June. It’s based on the avant-garde Zero movement, which started in 1950s Germany as a way to express freedom. MONA’s exhibition will bring together artwork by the movement’s rebellious founders and followers – including many of the original installations – for the first time in Australia. 

Top tip: This exhibition is part of Dark Mofo,  Mona’s festival of art, food, film, music, light and noise that takes over Hobart for three weeks each winter. This year, it’s running from 13-24 June.

MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

9 June – 7 October


The famous New York gallery, The Museum of Modern Art, is set to bring 200 of its most iconic works Down Under this winter. Exclusive to Melbourne, the exhibition will span 130 years, and put the works of big-name artists on show, such as Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Frida Kahlo, Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol. The event is two years in the making, and unsurprisingly, tickets are flying off the virtual shelves.


Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne

5 April – 7 October


This world-premiere exhibition celebrates Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, and the childhood nostalgia that comes with it. The family-friendly exhibition takes you on a trip through Alice’s adventures, with plenty of behind-the-scenes material from the movie. To make your visit even more interesting, you can sign up for Wonderland High Tea (naturally) or Wonderland Late Night, a monthly event with DJs, bands, live art performances.

Cartier: The Exhibition

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

30 March – 22 July


Dripping in over 300 jewels, this exhibition is nothing short of exquisite. In the capital, the exhibitions traces the history of the French jewellery house, and showcases the glittering pieces worn by some of its most famous clients. As you wander through, you’ll spot Princess Grace of Monaco’s 10.48-carat diamond engagement ring, the Queen’s ‘Halo’ tiara worn by Kate Middleton on her wedding day, and Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s ruby necklace. 

Patricia Piccinini: Curious Affection

Gallery Of Modern Art, Brisbane

24 March – 5 August


Next stop: Brisbane, where homegrown artist Patricia Piccinini’s weird and wonderful sculptures are on display until August. Walking in to the gallery is like stepping into a parallel universe, with more than 70 of Piccinini’s ‘hyperreal’ part-human, part-animal sculptures taking up the whole ground floor. They make you think, and GOMA’s sprawling space is the perfect setting. Go to see the attention to detail up close, and stay for the conversation after.

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