Perhaps the most romantic dates are the ones spent in museums and galleries. Just picture yourselves strolling hand in hand through incredible halls filled with mesmerizing artwork. You can have deep conversations about all those captivating paintings, marvel at centuries-old sculptures, or try to unravel the messages behind contemporary art installations. An art date is a perfect chance to know a little bit more about your partner and their way of thinking. For couples in Sydney, the upcoming months promise a fantastic lineup of exhibitions. Below, we've listed the five most exciting ones.
The National 4 is a major art survey in Australia featuring a wide variety of contemporary works by diverse artists and collectives. Held every two years, the exhibition is concurrently presented at four of Sydney’s leading cultural institutions: the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Carriageworks and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. The National brings together a diverse and ambitious collection of artworks, ranging from large-scale installations to miniature paintings. The exhibition started in March and will be on display until July 23, so if you haven't seen it yet, now is the perfect time to go and enjoy it!
Nan Goldin is an American photographer who gained recognition for her raw and intimate documentation of the LGBTQ+ community. Her most notable artwork is a series called “The Ballad of Sexual Dependency,” which she started in the late ‘70s. It delves into various themes such as addiction and drug culture, love and empathy, identity and self-expression. Originally a slide show, "The Ballad" was screened in the clubs and bars of New York, where Goldin and her friends worked and played. Eventually, it was distilled into a series of 126 photographs, which has recently been acquired by the National Gallery of Australia. Described as Goldin's "public diary," the artwork will be on view from July 8 onwards.
"I Am the People" at the White Rabbit Gallery showcases the works of 28 artists who explore the struggles and aspirations of different groups within Chinese society. The exhibition encompasses individuals from diverse backgrounds such as factory workers, wealthy entrepreneurs, politicians, ethnic minorities, club-goers and cowboys. The underlying theme of the project is the shared longing for harmony and a sense of belonging. Using different artistic expressions, the artists aim to unite people from all walks of life. The exhibition is set to open on June 28.
In July and August, the Museum of Contemporary Art will feature a performance exhibition by Adam Linder. The acclaimed choreographer will focus on exploring the museum as a space in which visitors increasingly perform for the camera, using the art as a backdrop for their own self-expression. For the whole month, a cast of dancers will perform non-stop during the museum's opening hours, trying to grab visitors' attention from the other artworks on display.
"Atmospheric Memory" is a unique project that merges art and science. Inspired by the idea that the air is a "vast library" of every word ever spoken, media artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer creates an immersive, multisensory experience. You will have the chance to touch the world's first 3D-printed speech bubble, see your voice travel in a ripple tank, walk through clouds of text written in mid-air, and interact with virtual environments in a colossal 360-degree projection chamber. The exhibition is scheduled to open on August 12th at the Powerhouse Museum.