One of the most powerful images at this year’s Venice Biennale is Christoph Büchel’s.
Barca Nostra, 2018-2019,
Shipwreck 18th of April 2015.
La Biennale di Venezia
Often called the 'Olympic Games of art', the Venice Biennale's national pavilions are an outlier in a globalised world. This year's strongest works explore global issues like refugees and climate change.
Igor Sas in Water. The play deals with the issues of ‘illegal’ immigration and environmental crisis in three narratives.
Daniel J Grant
In the vein of Arthur Miller, a new play sees family drama and political issues clash in an enclosed space.
Natalie Christie Peluso in The Children’s Bach. The opera is based on Helen Garner’s novella of the same name.
It is rare to have a new production of an Australian opera - a vivid new performance of The Children's Bach was refreshing to see.
Scott Sheridan and Natasha Herbert in Cloudstreet, a new production of the stage adaptation of Tim Winton’s literary epic.
A new production of Cloudstreet - the play adapted from Tim Winton's literary epic - is visually arresting. But despite a diverse cast, Indigenous characters remain spectral and peripheral.
Detail from Archibald Prize 2019 finalist Keith Burt,
‘Benjamin Law: happy sad’ oil on canvas, 59.5 x 59.5 cm, © the artist.
Photo: AGNSW, Jenni Carter Sitter: Benjamin Law - author, journalist and broadcaster
Perhaps as a reflection of the current state of national affairs, this year's Archibald Prize exhibition is a politician-free zone.
Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits, exhibition view.
Bendigo Art Gallery
A new exhibition illustrates the British monarchy's transition from global powerhouse to modern celebrities. But idolised images reign.
Marcel Duchamp, ‘From or by Marcel Duchamp or Rrose Sélavy (Box in a valise)’ 1935-41, 1963-65 (contents); Series F, 1966 edition, mixed media, 41.3 x 38.4 x 9.5 cm Philadelphia Museum of Art, gift of Mme Marcel Duchamp, 1994-43-1.
© Association Marcel Duchamp/ADAGP. Copyright Agency, 2019
Some 50 years after his death, a major exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales shows why the work of Marcel Duchamp continues to challenge the very idea of what art may be.
Installation view of Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor on display at NGV International from 5 April – 4 August 2019 © 2019 Calder Foundation, New York / Copyright Agency, Australia.
A new exhibition charting Alexander Calder's atypical path into the modernist art canon is elegant, dramatic and great fun.
Members of Brisbane’s Sudanese community celebrate the signing of a peace accord that signalled an end to the Second Sudanese Civil War in 2005. The first recorded African-diaspora settlers in Australia were convicts who landed with the First Fleet in 1788.
A new collection of writing by African-diaspora Australians shares a diversity of experiences: stories of displacement, isolation, endurance and the right to call Australia home.
Following the whirlwind success of Nanette, Hannah Gadsby recreates comedy as a safe, comfortable space in her new show Douglas.
Hannah Gadsby's groundbreaking stand-up show Nanette was always going to be hard to follow. Her new show is a deftly executed, brilliant comedy about women and autism.
The performers in The Mares switch between roles using simple theatrical magic.
A new play draws on Greek myth and the modern world of racehorse breeding to explore present day violence against women.
Peta Clancy, Undercurrent 1, from the series Undercurrent, 2018-19, inkjet pigment print, W120 x H85cm each image approx.
Courtesy the artist
There is a long history of cultural silence on the frontier wars that characterised Australia's colonisation. Peta Clancy's exhibition invites us to see this history in the Victorian landscape.
Renato Musolino is the beating heart of a new production of Animal Farm.
An impressive solo performance of Orwell's classic novella by Renato Musolino portrays a world not so far from our own.
Youth dance troupe Stompin performed their thought-provoking work Nowhere as part of this year’s Ten Days on the Island.
Jacob Collings, Lusy Productions
Despite the diversity of art and performance on display at the tenth Ten Days on the Island festival, key themes emerge: life, death, and Tasmania's colonial history.
Grand Finale is a new work from Israeli-born, London-based choreographer Hofesh Shechter.
Hofesh Shechter's latest contemporary dance work is not the rousing narrative its title might suggest. Its dancers inhabit a global catastrophe and then a brutal new world order.
Sue Smith’s play recreates wild years spent on the island of Hydra, which became an artist’s refuge.
A new play tells the story of George Johnston and Charmian Clift's time on the Greek island of Hydra, which ultimately led to the novel My Brother Jack - but not without sacrifices.
Artist Janet Laurence is ferocious and uncompromising in her work.
A new survey exhibition of contemporary artist Janet Laurence urges us to reconsider the relationship between art, nature and politics.
A Man of Good Hope is a theatrical adaptation of the book of the same name, playing as part of this year’s Adelaide Festival.
In A Man of Good Hope, an energetic cast of over 20 performers take the audience on a journey through the life of Somali refugee Asad Abdullahi.
Melita Jurisic as Mae West and Diana Glenn as Diane Arbus in Stephen Sewell’s Arbus and West.
One of Australia's most prominent playwrights has reimagined the infamous encounter between Hollywood icon Mae West and photographer Diane Arbus.
A scene from La Reprise, director Milo Rau’s first production following the publication of his controversial ‘Ghent Manifesto’ on theatre.
La Reprise is remarkable theatre about the murder of a gay man, Ihsane Jarfi, in Belgium in 2012.