In Samuel Beckett’s one-act play Krapp’s Last Tape, the curtain rises to the mise-en-scène: ‘a late evening in the future’. For his exhibition of the same name, Irish artist Gerard Byrne employs a similar sense of drama: transforming ACCA into a theatre, and implicating the audience within an intricate, multi-sensory network of lights, flickering TV monitors, video projections and architectural structures…
Current / Upcoming
The City Speaks brings art into the laneways, parks and public spaces of Melbourne’s city streets. Through performance, installation and spoken word, participating artists and writers evoke encounter, curiosity and provocation – probing a wide, and at times unsuspecting, audience to rethink the definition of art and consider how it might reflect, enrich, and even alter, urban space and society.
The exhibition Sovereignty focuses upon contemporary art of First Nations peoples of South East Australia, and keynote historical works, to explore culturally and linguistically diverse narratives of self-determination, identity, sovereignty and resistance.
Inspired by the city lights and tenebrous urban narratives of Beijing, He An’s installation Do You Think You Can Help Her Brother?, creates a form of urban poetry from retrieved heritage signage which is swiftly disappearing from the skyline due to the rapid transformation of Beijing’s urban environment.
Presented in two chapters across ACCA’s four exhibition galleries, Painting. More Painting is a big-picture focus on contemporary Australian painting, featuring the work of over seventy living Australian artists.
Ulla von Brandenburg’s distinct visual language draws on the traditions and tropes of theatre, film and storytelling.
Pat Brassington: Á Rebours is a major survey by one of Australia’s most important and influential photo-based artists.