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WTF Renaissance at the Melbourne Fringe Festival

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Witty contemporary interpretations of bizarre medieval art
Have you ever looked at an artwork and thought... WTF? It's not always easy to get into an artist's head and know what they were thinking when they came up with a piece. But Angela Thompson, creator of WTF Renaissance, makes a few cheeky guesses.

Image credit: Angela Thompson (WTF Renaissance).
Image credit: Angela Thompson (WTF Renaissance).


WTF Renaissance is an innovative visual art exhibition that is funny, free, and open every night at a fantastic Fringe Hub venue in North Melbourne. If you haven't already checked it out, head over to the Lithuanian Club (Bar) any night between 6 pm and 11 pm before 29 September 2018. You're in for a solid chuckle at these contemporary interpretations of medieval artworks.

Rickrolled in 1480. Image credit: Angela Thompson (WTF Renaissance).
Rickrolled in 1480. Image credit: Angela Thompson (WTF Renaissance).


This exhibition is a hilarious collection of medieval paintings with modern captions - renaissance memes, if you will. Thompson's selection of some strange-as-heck paintings, combined with her witty captions that are sometimes political, sometimes feminist, sometimes millennial, sometimes nostalgic, and always completely relatable, are a guaranteed recipe for a good laugh.

Image credit: Angela Thompson (WTF Renaissance).
Image credit: Angela Thompson (WTF Renaissance).


This exhibition has been touring around Australia since 2015, and has received awards/nominations and great reviews at the Perth Fringe, Adelaide Fringe and Melbourne Fringe, as well as the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Image credit: Angela Thompson (WTF Renaissance).
Image credit: Angela Thompson (WTF Renaissance).


A note about finding the exhibition: If you've watched any (of the many fantastic) shows at the Lithuanian Club this Fringe, chances are you've already been to the bar for a drink with your mates. The first time I went there, I was waiting for a show, surrounded by other people also waiting for shows, and I didn't even realize that this exhibition was up. There doesn't seem to be any special lighting or anything that would naturally draw your attention/gaze towards the artworks. So you do need to be aware that this is on, and intentionally head over to the walls to have a look. But do it, because oh my. The laugh is worth it!
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Why? Witty contemporary interpretations of medieval art
When: 14-29 September 2018
Phone: (03) 9660 9666
Where: Fringe Hub: Lithuanian Club (Bar), 44 Errol St, North Melbourne
Cost: Free
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