Eight Melbourne art shows and exhibitions to see this April

Words by Ben Lamb

Coming to Melbourne art galleries, museums and exhibition spaces in April, we have fashion photographers, Greek artefacts, and even a flower show.

Open Horizons – Ancient Greek Journeys and Connections

Open Horizons brings some of the most prized artefacts from the world renowned National Archaeological Museum in Athens to Melbourne’s Museum this month. This exhibition will allow you to journey through the world of Ancient Greece, and immerse yourself into artefacts from the Bronze Age to the Roman period.

It opens from April 23; tickets start from $15 and can be grabbed here.

Time Passing

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Like many of us out there back in 2020 / 2021, a lot of time was killed on Zoom and in virtual classes, learning new skills and finding new things to be interested in. That’s the background of this exhibition: Annie Bolitho and Enza Gandolfo met on Zoom back in lockdown, sharing their love of stitching. They are able to effortlessly process emotion and express messages through cloth, and they’re displaying it for all to see later this month.

It’s taking place from April 6 to April 22, check out more info here.

Lost Jobs: The Changing World of Work

This exhibition celebrates those jobs that are long-gone and have no meaning nowadays, like “lamplighters” or “fairy tappers”.

Lost Jobs dives into the world of business in Victoria back in the early days, and how things have changed since then, delving into the stories of many who moved from farming in outer Victoria in the 1800s to big jobs in the big smoke.

It’s happening at the Old Treasury Building over select dates this April. Check out more info here.

Helmut Newton: In Focus

Melbourne’s Jewish Museum Helmut Newton exhibition brings the work of one the most prolific photographers down under.

If the name isn’t familiar, Helmut Newton is one of the world’s most popular fashion photographers, often coming close to crossing the line with his unique work. The exhibition will journey through his life, from early days in Germany during WWII to his later life that was spent down under. It’s set to be an intriguing experience.

It’s taking place at the Jewish Museum from April 29. Book it in here.

Listening to Music Played Backwards: Recent Acquisitions

Over the last 10 years or so, the Heide Museum has acquired a great deal of work from all different types of artists, and this exhibition celebrates exactly that, it takes artworks from a variety of eras and types, and discovers new and unexpected relationships between them.

This show also marks the 40th anniversary of the Heide Museum, applauding the decades of amazing exhibitions and events they have put on. It’s happening at the Heide Modern Museum from April 9. Book it in here.

kabloom

It’s the season for flowers, and there’s no shortage of events happening down under celebrating the world of blossoms.

Kabloom is an experience unlike any other, attendees can walk among Silvan’s bevy of beautiful flowers, and be transported by the “kaleidoscope of colours.” Perfect photo opportunity for a killer pic to feature on the ‘gram too! It’s happening until April 25, grab your tickets here.

Fashion Show with Outwst

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Back after a few years away, Outwst and the MPavillion are putting on a fashion show you can’t miss.

The runway show will focus not only on the fashion, but the audience too, moving those in attendance across a number of different aesthetics, keeping them engaged. The coolest thing about this show? 5% of all the earnings go towards an important Melbourne charity, making it all seem worth it.

It’s happening on April 14, from 6pm, and it’s free. Check out some more info here.

Luke Jerram: Gaia

The beautiful St Paul’s Cathedral will become a telescope this month with Luke Jerram’s massive reconstruction of the Earth, created using images from NASA. It aims to show people how fragile the world is, and the need to look after it.

It’ll open on April 22, which is World Earth Day, which really drives enforces the importance of this installation. On top of that, there’ll be an original musical piece played alongside the experience, written by BAFTA award winner Dan Jones, who has been behind works like David Attenborough’s The Life of Mammals.

You can catch this installation for free at St Paul’s Cathedral from April 22. Check out more info here.

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