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Elvis: Direct from Graceland - Bendigo Art Gallery

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by Belinda Nolan-Price (subscribe)
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Bendigo Art Gallery in collaboration with Graceland will be presenting Elvis: Direct from Graceland exhibition from 19 March to 17 July, 2022.

One of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, Elvis Presley is profound having influenced music, design, art and pop culture.

This Australia exclusive exhibition explores the extraordinary life and style of Elvis Presley. his stellar career, larger-than-life persona, lesser-known aspects of his early years, interests and personal life and his radical sense of style.

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Elvis: Direct from Graceland will feature around 300 authentic artifacts owned by Elvis Presley, direct from the icon's Graceland home in Memphis, Tennessee. The exhibition also moves beyond the familiar story of his musical and acting career to present his more private side. Key periods in Elvis' life and career will be covered, including his early years living in the 'shotgun shack' in Tupelo, Mississippi, his break-out Sun Studios hit, U.S. Army service, his time in Hollywood, his unforgettable '68 Special performance, and the glamourous Vegas years.

Some of the highlights of Elvis: Direct from Graceland - include his military uniforms, his 1976 Red Bicentennial Custom Harley Davidson, and an amazing array of his famous jumpsuits to personal items like Lisa Marie's baby clothes, Elvis' first job application and the crayon box he took to school. Visiting Australia for the first time ever is a bright red convertible 1960 MG from the movie Blue Hawaii, the only car from his films that Elvis actually owned and had brought to the Hawaii location to get around in his free time.

It also features many items that rarely travel beyond the Graceland gates, including Elvis' wedding tuxedo and Priscilla's wedding dress, two costumes from the acclaimed television performance known as the '68 Comeback Special, and garments from his eclectic home wardrobe.

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This is a ticketed exhibition. You can purchase your tickets here.

Bendigo Art Gallery Director Jessica Bridgfoot said the Gallery was honoured to work closely with the archival team at Graceland to create a detailed account of Elvis' life and career. "We are so excited to be able to bring this iconic collection to Australia at a time when international travel has been limited," she said.

The biographical Elvis: Direct from Graceland international exhibition is exclusive to Bendigo from 19 March to 17 July, 2022.
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Why? An exhibition exploring the extraordinary life and style of Elvis Presley
When: 19 March - 17 July
Phone: (03) 5434 6088
Where: Bendigo Art Gallery, 42 View St, Bendigo
Cost: Adult: $30.00, Concession: $25.00, Gallery Member: $15.00, Children under 16: $15.00. Family: $75.00
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