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5 Must See Exhibitions in Autumn

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Published March 4th 2012
William Kentridge: Five Themes @ ACMI: From March 8th

William Kentridge: Five Themes is the first major exhibition of Autumn 2012. This exhibition has opened in New York, Paris, Vienna, Moscow and William Kentridge himself will be participating in two public lecture events in Melbourne; In Conversation with William Kentridge and William Kentridge: Anti-Entropy.

William Kentridge, Drawing for the film Stereoscope, 1999; Museum of Modern Art, New York; © 2012 William Kentridge

In this exhibition, you will have the chance to explore some three decades of work; you will see some of Kentridge's most renowned drawings, prints and animations. In addition to the artwork, the exhibition also gives a great insight into the artist's process with the inclusion of behind the scenes films.

For more information on William Kentridge: Five Themes and the accompanying cultural program, please click here.

Grace Kelly: Style Icon @ Bendigo Art Gallery: From March 11th

This anticipated exhibition opens just after the successful run of the Made in Hollywood Exhibition and it is also part of the L'Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival 2012 cultural program.

© The Estate of Erwin Blumenfeld

The Grace Kelly: Style Icon exhibition will feature three decades of Kelly's most memorable gowns - both onscreen and off screen. It is organised by the Victoria & Albert Museum, London and the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco and will be displayed exclusively at the Bendigo Art Gallery.

For more information on Grace Kelly: Style Icon, please click here.

Notorious: Duffy's Celebrity Portraits @ Monash Gallery of Art: From March 30th

I have been hoping that this David Bowie exhibition would open in Melbourne, but it looks unlikely to happen any time soon. But it is not all bad news - as Bowie fans are sure to be delighted with this forthcoming Monash Gallery of Art exhibition, which celebrates the work of the late British photographer, Brian Duffy.

David Bowie, Aladdin Sane, 1973. Copyright Duffy Archive

Duffy is best known for the cover art of Aladdin Sane, Bowie's classic 1973 album and this exhibition brings together his 'celebrity portraits'. Alongside Bowie, other cool cats appearing at this exhibition include Sir Michael Caine (and his glasses), John Lennon and Terrence Stamp - well, in photographic form.

If you are a fan of British fashion and pop culture, particularly in the 60s and 70s, Notorious: Duffy's Celebrity Portraits is a highly recommended exhibition.

It is worth noting that there is a companion exhibition, entitled Swinging: The Fashion Photography of Brian Duffy at Sofitel Melbourne, from March 1st also. This exhibition feature portraits of Jean Shrimpton, Jane Birkin and Brigitte Bardot.

For more information on Notorious: Duffy's Celebrity Portraits, please click here.

The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia @ Melbourne Museum: From May 4th

Anyone interested in archaeology will enjoy this forthcoming Melbourne Museum exhibition. The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia Exhibition brings together treasures from three ancient civilisations; Sumer, Assyria and Babylon.

Gold spouted cup from Royal Tomb of Queen Puabi of Ur, c.2500 BC
Source: By permission of the Trustees of The British Museum

There will be more than 170 artefacts on display, and if you enjoyed last year's blockbuster exhibition, Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, you are sure to enjoy this family friendly exhibition.

For more information on The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia, including ticketing details, please click here.

Wallace & Gromit's World of Invention @ Scienceworks: From May 19th

© Aardman Animations Ltd 201

Speaking of great family exhibitions - Wallace & Gromit's World of Invention is opening at Scienceworks this Autumn.

Here is your chance to see all of Wallace's imaginative inventions in person - Karaoke Disco Shower, The Thinking Cap, Telly-scope II, the Blend-o-matic, Chocolate Teapot and the Ice Hot Water Bottle are just some of the exhibition highlights.

Most of the exhibits are interactive and will hopefully inspire a new generation of inventors.

For more information of on Wallace & Gromit's World of Invention, please click here.
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Why? Great autumn fun
When: From March 8th
Where: In and around Melbourne
Cost: Check with respective venue
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