Mona Confessional 2016 – 19. The art unveiled for this year’s Dark Mofo is a disturbing journey into our future.
Mona's new subterranean extension adds a compelling dimension to the art of Dark Mofo 2019. Upstairs, a series of interactive sculptures contemplates our automated future.
Steven Oliver’s Bigger and Blacker, which premiered at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, calls for more engagement between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
Steven Oliver's new cabaret show is an exhilarating journey through hard-hitting stories about success, love, depression and racism.
Dallas Dellaforce, Queer Central, Imperial Hotel, Erskineville, 2018. ‘Queerdom’ presents an archive of queer and trans life in Sydney.
Queerdom, an exhibition of photography and poetry, presents a history of queer and trans performance in Sydney that challenges recent narratives about queer life in Australia.
Installation view of Cai Guo-Qiang’s Murmuration (Landscape) 2019 (detail) Realised in Dehua, Fujian.
province and Melbourne, commissioned by the NGV.
Proposed acquisition supported by Ying Zhang in association with the Asian Australian Foundation, 2019
NGV Foundation Annual Dinner and 2019 NGV Annual Appeal, on display at NGV International.
© Cai Guo- Qiang. Photo © Tobias Titz
A new exhibition pairs China's famed Terracotta Warriors with contemporary works of inspiring ethereality. The contrasts here are many: life and death, harmony and chaos, energy and control, art and politics.
Sheridan Harbridge as Tessa in Prima Facie, a new play about a lawyer who becomes a victim of the legal system after she is sexually assaulted.
Written by a former lawyer, a new play presents a forceful critique of the Australian legal system's treatment of sexual assault.
Juan de Dios Mateos as Cavalier Belfiore and Ruth Iniesta as Corinna in Opera Australia’s 2019 production of Il Viaggio a Reims at Arts Centre Melbourne.
Gioachino Rossini's opera was originally meant as a satire of royalist France. A new production updates the work for a modern audience, setting the drama in a museum where the paintings come to life.
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.
Garry Sibosado, Aalingoon (Rainbow Serpent), 2018, ochre pigment on engraved pearl shell, detail.
Courtesy the artist
Indigenous artists and arts centres from the Kimberley region were invited to help curate this new exhibition, presented as part of the Perth Festival 2019.
Ian Wilkes in Kwongkan, an artistic collaboration between Australia and India.
An artistic collaboration between India and Australia, playing as part of this year's Perth Festival, stirs its audience to action on climate change.
Cherish Violet Blood as Lila in Deer Woman, playing at this year’s Sydney Festival.
Deer Woman, written, directed, designed, composed, stage managed and performed by First Nations artists from Canada, is anchored by a solo performance of fierce skill, focus and precision.
Tony Albert Girramay/Yidinji/Kuku Yalanji peoples. Australia Qld/NSW b.1981.
Mid Century Modern (series) 2016
Pigment prints | 24 works: 100 x 100cm (each)
Collection: The artist. Courtesy: Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney
Tony Albert reassembles items of 'Aboriginalia', featuring kitsch caricatures of Indigenous people, with wit, playfulness and serious intent.
Melita Jurisic as the mother who confines her four daughters to their house for eight weeks of mourning.
Federico Garcia Lorca's shocking civil war play is successfully transferred to the Australian desert by the Melbourne Theatre Company.
Annabel Matheson as Liddy in Terrestrial.
In Terrestrial, teenager Libby wants aliens to whisk her across the galaxy to escape her abusive father.
Archaeologist Dr Jacqueline Black (Megan Wilding) becomes the superhero Blackie Blakie Brown.
© Daniel Boud
Nakiah Lui's Blackie Blackie Brown is an explosive collision of genres that executes Indigenous justice with extreme prejudice.
Taylor Mac sacrificed the audience in a ‘Radical Faerie realness ritual’. Fortunately we survived.
2017 gave us a blockbuster female superhero, radical faerie realness rituals, and the 'frenetic flapping of male genitalia'. Here's what our arts critics made of all that.
Visitors take in Cameron Robbins’ Field Lines at Dark Mofo at the Museum of Old and New Art.
Many great artists died in 2016: Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen, Paul Cox, Shirley Hazzard. It was a year of creative foment and as always, intense debate about the importance of the arts to a thriving, democratic society.
The NGV’s summer blockbuster packs a double whammy.
© Ai Weiwei; Andy Warhol artwork © 2015 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./ARS, New York. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney.
The NGV's summer exhibition is curated to create a dialogue between Ai Weiwei and Andy Warhol, and this conversation operates on multiple levels on a variety of themes, and across time and space.