Sunday, 6 November 2016


The Sydney International Art Series has opened with some of the world’s most renowned works being exhibited in Australia for the first time.

An exhibition by one of Japan’s leading contemporary artists, Tatsuo Miyajima is now showing at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), and tomorrow Nude: art from the Tate collection will open at the Art Gallery of NSW. Both exhibitions have been secured exclusively for Sydney by Destination NSW.

NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, Stuart Ayres said the Sydney International Art Series brings the world’s most outstanding artists exclusively to Sydney.

“I encourage art lovers and first time visitors alike to start planning their visit to Sydney to enjoy these two landmark exhibitions,” Mr Ayres said.

Miyajima, who is known for his immersive and technologically driven sculptures, has created a room-scale installation of blinking blue LEDs, each representative of human life and energy. Entitled Mega Death, the work is a silent, twinkling memorial to the loss experienced during World War II, recalling Hiroshima and Auschwitz. The lights are programmed to switch off at intervals, plunging viewers into complete darkness momentarily, before lighting up and counting once more. Another highlight of the MCA exhibition is a new installation, Arrow of Time (Unfinished Life), which was recently presented at The Met Breuer, New York.

Nude: art from the Tate collection brings together the works of renowned artists who have depicted the naked body including JMW Turner, Sir Hamo Thornycroft, Auguste Rodin, Pierre Bonnard, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and many more. The exhibition features one of the world’s most iconic expressions of erotic love, Rodin’s marble sculpture, The kiss (1904), and other renowned works including Picasso’s Nude woman in a red armchair (1932) and Bonnard’s The bath (1925).

Click here for more information and to purchase an Art Pass to see both exhibitions and save 20 per cent.

Image: Tatsuo Miyajima, Connect with Everything, 
Photograph: Alex Davies

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