Warwick Thornton, Ari Wegner headline ACMI’s Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition

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Warwick Thornton, Ari Wegner headline ACMI’s Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition

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ACMI has announced its exhibition for Melbourne Winter Masterpieces: 'Light: Works from Tate’s Collection' running from June 16 to November 13.

Light: Works from Tate’s Collection is a massive and visually-intriguing ACMI program that features more than 70 works – spanning 200 years of art history – that center around the theme of light, specifically “harnessing the phenomenon of light”.

The program will be accompanied by an extensive events program featuring Oscar-nominated cinematographer Ari Wegner (Power of the Dog, Lady Macbeth) and multi-award-winning filmmaker Warwick Thornton (Samson and Delilah, Sweet Country), fantastical magic lantern presentations, late-night exhibition access, a boundary-pushing performance by Liquid Architecture, plus tours, workshops and more.

What you need to know

  • Light: Works from Tate’s Collection
  • 16 June – 13 November 2022 at ACMI, Fed Square
  • Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 12–5pm, weekends and school holidays: 10am–6pm

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The Tate galleries are four of the UK’s leading art spaces, which have curated the program that now comes to Victorian audiences through Visit Victoria. The exhibition’s concurrent event program will also feature works by Joseph Mallord William Turner (including his epic painting The Deluge exhibited for the first time in Australia), Claude Monet, Alfred Sisley, Joseph Albers, Tacita Dean, Liliane Lijn, James Turrell, Yayoi Kusama and Olafur Eliasson.

Both Wegner and Thornton will appear as part of ACMI’s Light Cinematographer Program, which will feature an in-conversation event with the celebrated cinematographer programmed alongside screenings of two double bills, each featuring a film from Ari’s back catalogue and a film that has inspired her.

In keeping with the recent announcement of Art After Dark, on select Friday evenings ACMI will also present Late Night Access providing after hours entry. ACMI’s foyer will feature a bar and food from Hero and at Fed Square, there’ll be local DJs and a selection of Light inspired content on the Fed Square screen, along with a lit up ACMI building.

“ACMI has developed a fascinating events program that will enable art-loving audiences to complement their exhibition experience of Light: Works From Tate’s Collection,” ACMI CEO Graham Jephcott said.

“The phenomenon of light is central to moving image creation and as Australia’s national home for screen culture, we are so proud to further explore this elemental force via a range of free and paid events in our redeveloped museum.”

ACMI’s entire light events program

Late Night Access
17 and 24 June, 29 July, 26 Aug, 30 Sep, 28 Oct, 11 & 12 Nov

Curator’s Talk
18 Jun
Join Tate’s curator Matthew Watts to learn more about the conceptual development of Light with an illustrated talk covering the exhibition’s art historical context and thematic ideas. Hosted by ACMI Curator Laura Castagnini.

ART+FILM – Optical Poetry: Oskar Fischinger Retrospective
28 Jun
Screenings of selected short films by Oskar Fischinger, the creator of Raumlichtkunst (1926-2012), currently featured in ACMI’s The Story of the Moving Image.

ART+FILM – Oskar’s Legacy: Films Influenced by Fischinger
5 Jul
Dazzling short films by animators and filmmakers inspired by Oskar Fischinger, introduced by Melbourne filmmaker Paul Fletcher. 

Relaxed Visit
30 Jul & 24 Sep
Visit the Light exhibition in a relaxed environment. Suited for visitors with ASD, sensory sensitivities or anyone who would benefit from a quieter and less busy setting.

Audio Described Tour
30 Jul & 22 Oct
Explore the Light exhibition in a tour designed for visitors who are blind or have low vision. The tour combines audio-description and tactile resources.

Future of Light – Workshop at Swinburne Institute of Transformative Media
6-7 Aug
A masterclass exploring the practical application of motion capture and volumetric motion capture within filmmaking, exploring the use of virtual cameras and directing performers for motion capture.

Magic Lantern Show
9-11 Sep
Experience the wonder of a 19th century magic lantern show when Dr Martyn Jolly and Elisa deCourcy recreate it. This contemporary interpretation combines the art of original glass slides, with special optical effects and electroacoustic music performed live.

Auslan Tour
24 Sep
Dive into ACMI’s Light exhibition in a tour designed for visitors who are deaf or hard of hearing. This tour will be led by experienced Auslan guides.

Avant-Garde Animation for Adults
21 Oct
Join ACMI for a glass of wine and the chance to create your own jaw dropping abstract animation. Inspired by the works of experimental artist Oskar Fischinger, explore possibilities presented through the medium of animation in this fun, hands on workshop for adults.

Liquid Architecture x Light
5 Nov
An evening of audiovisual performances inspired by Lis Rhodes Light Music, whose work will be showing in Gallery 3. In collaboration with Liquid Architecture, this performance program celebrates the rich culture of experimental music made by women in Australia.

Find out more information and book tickets at the ACMI website here.