The Melbourne Winter Masterpieces event was initiated by the Victorian Government in 2004, attracting national and international visitors to the state during what was traditionally the quieter tourism period. Bringing major international art exhibitions exclusively to Melbourne each winter, this annual series illuminates the city between June and October.
Exhibits are sourced from galleries and institutions from around the world and displayed at three of Melbourne’s most popular creative spaces; the Melbourne Museum, National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) and Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). Unforgettable moments have included the Dutch Masters from the Rijksmuseum at NGV in 2005, Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharoahs at Melbourne Museum in 2011 and David Bowie at ACMI in 2015.
There have been 26 blockbuster exhibitions since the inaugural Melbourne Winter Masterpieces event, attracting almost seven million local, interstate and international visitors to our city. School students are also regular pilgrims of the exhibitions, discovering new ways of looking, thinking and responding creatively to art and participating in open-ended learning experiences where their ideas are encouraged and valued.
This year sees some of the world’s most creative behemoths touch down in Melbourne for the Series.
NGV presents Picasso in a new light at the world-premiere Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition, The Picasso Century. By exploring Picasso’s career through his artistic and intellectual engagement with his peers, the exhibition provides a unique insight into the artistic legacy of one of the 20th century’s most influential and celebrated artists, as well as the community of artists from which he emerged. See works by many of the artists with whom he intersected throughout his career, including Dorothea Tanning, Françoise Gilot, Georges Braque, Salvador Dalí, Dora Maar, Henri Matisse and more.
Curated by noted scholar of 20th century art Didier Ottinger, Deputy Director of the Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris, The Picasso Century examines the diverse influences, encounters and collaborative relationships that steered Picasso through many distinct artistic periods, such as his Blue Period, Cubism and Surrealism, and draws lines between Picasso’s famous creations and the world around him.
A mere stroll away and you’ll enter into the world of Light: Works from Tate’s Collection at ACMI in Federation Square. Curated by Tate in the UK and drawn from their prestigious collection, this exhibition celebrates groundbreaking moments from over 200 years of art history – and the artists who harnessed this elemental force through painting, photography, sculpture, drawing, installation and the moving image. Connected by their fascination with light as both material and subject, more than 70 works feature in this exclusive blockbuster exhibition, including must-see historical paintings by iconic artists.
Never short of an exhibition to fascinate kids and adults alike, the Melbourne Museum hosts a very special guest this year. After 67 million years, Horridus the Triceratops has arrived at Melbourne Museum. Triceratops: Fate of the Dinosaurs is an immersive voyage into a lost world, where visitors will explore the landscapes of the Cretaceous and get to know the creatures that thrived there. One of the most complete Triceratops fossils ever found, get to know every bone in Horridus’ body, all 260 of them! As tall as a Melbourne tram and over one quarter the length, don’t miss your chance to meet the most entire real dinosaur in Australia.
Delight in the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces 2022
The Picasso Century
June 10 – October 9
Light: Works from Tate’s Collection
June 6 – November 13
Triceratops: Fate of the Dinosaurs
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