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What's On This Winter: Melbourne

Over the coming months Melbourne will celebrate cultural icons from across the ages as part of the acclaimed Winter Masterpieces series. At the National Gallery of Victoria, Masterpieces from the Hermitage: The Legacy of Catherine the Great will bring more than 500 works from the personal collection of Russia’s greatest female ruler - and renowned artistic visionary - to Melbourne from 31 July to 8 November. The stunning collection from one of the world’s oldest and most revered museums, founded by Catherine during her 34-year reign, includes paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Titian and Van Dyck as well as exquisite decorative arts such as a 60-piece Sèvres dinner service.

Frans SNYDERS, Flemish 1579–1657, Concert of birds (1630–40)

Oil on canvas

136.5 х 240.0 cm

The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg (Inv. no. ГЭ-607)

Acquired from the collection of Sir Robert Walpole, Houghton Hall, 1779

A short stroll from the NGV, visitors can delve into the world of a modern-day cultural phenomenon at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image’s David Bowie Is exhibition.

The acclaimed exhibition from London’s Victoria and Albert Museum celebrates the extraordinary career of one of the most influential artists and performers of the modern era. With unprecedented access to the David Bowie archive of costumes, objects, artwork and memorabilia, the exhibition includes lyric sheets, hundreds of photographs, stage sets, rare videos, filmed live shows, dozens of costumes and interviews with key collaborators.

Also happening in Melbourne this winter:

23 July - Nite Art will power connections between galleries, artists and audiences. For one night only Melbourne galleries and city spaces will open up late for a unique night artwalk event, inviting audiences to curate their own night and contribute to the cultural vibrancy of the city. 25 - 26 July - Open House will see more than 100 buildings open their doors for visitors to experience the best in design and architecture across the city. There will also be a full range of free events, tours, workshops and exhibitions. 30 July - Established in 1952, the Melbourne International Film Festival is one of the oldest film festivals in the world and the most significant screen event in Australia. An iconic Melbourne event, the festival takes place annually in the heart of the city, presenting an acclaimed screening program alongside industry and celebratory events. 7 - 9 August - A hypersensory journey for the curious and the bold that explores music, film, dance, performance art, sound and light, Supersense is a cutting-edge new festival that marries the renegade with the classic.

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