James Turrell: A Retrospective

Diary date: the 2015 exhibition hit list

Conciding with the UN International Year of Light, the National Gallery of Australia presents the indisputable leader of global contemporary light art, James Turrell, for a 50 year retrospective. Turrell adopts the role of a magician, taking you on an optical voyage to experiment with your perceptions of reality. The pièce de résistance, 'Bindu Shards', is worth the hype and the extra cover charge. Visitors are asked to sign a medical waiver form before being locked into a solitary cell for a mind-blowing assault of kaleidoscopic colour and sound. It's no wonder this pioneer of light art was recently awarded Barack Obama's National Medal of Arts. See the light for yourself before June 8.

James Turrell: A Retrospective, National Gallery of Australia, December 13, 2014 - June 8, 2015.


David Lynch: Between Two Worlds

Diary date: the 2015 exhibition hit list

Prolific American filmmaker David Lynch is known for his dark, surrealist films, including cult classics Elephant Man, Mulholland Drive and Blue Velvet. Fewer know him as an accomplished painter, photographer and musician with a career spanning 50 years. Brisbane's Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) presents this Australian first: a retrospective showcasing Lynch's wide ranging oeuvre and creative vision across all mediums. Featuring paintings, photography and works on paper imbued with nudity, coarse language, violent imagery and adult themes, this exhibition is not for the faint hearted. Don't miss: a complete retrospective of Lynch's films, videos and works for television in the Gallery's Australian Cinémathèque.

David Lynch: Between Two Worlds, Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), March 14 -  June 7, 2015.

Mariko Mori: Rebirth

Diary date: the 2015 exhibition hit list

Tokyo-born, New York and London-based artist Mariko Mori presents the Australian debut of Rebirth at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. Rebirth is a simple and poignant investigation of life and death, explored through photography, video, sculpture and light. Mori's preoccupation with oneness is both unmistakable and enchanting. 'White Hole', an immersive lightwork made in collaboration with black hole researchers at Kyoto University in Japan, invites audiences to stare into the swirling light of the cosmos, the place where stars are made. If Rebirth isn't enough to revive your spirits, head upstairs to the newly opened AGWA Rooftop Bar for a tipple and picturesque views of Perth's CBD.

Rebirth by Mariko Mori, Art Gallery of Western Australia, February 8 - June 29, 2015.


Light Show

Diary date: the 2015 exhibition hit list

The Museum of Contemporary Art invites you to saturate your senses for Light Show, a major survey exhibition exploring the phenomenal aspects of light and its versatility as a sculptural medium. Following a sold-out showing at Hayward Gallery, London, and record attendances at Auckland Art Gallery, the exhibition features almost 20 installations and sculptures by international artists from the 1960s to the present, including Bill Culbert, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Anthony McCall. Diehard culture vultures up for round two can cap off the night with a wander around Circular Quay for the Vivid Festival. Warning: it's a major sensory overload (in a good way).

Light Show, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, April 16 - July 5, 2015.

Rosemary Laing

Diary date: the 2015 exhibition hit list

Rosemary Laing is a leading Australian photographer, known for her distinctive hyper-realist aesthetic referencing iconic Australian landscapes. Evocative, confronting and nuanced with social conscience, Laing creates beguiling, dreamlike portraits where the human and natural worlds collide. Currently showing at the Heide Museum of Modern Art in Melbourne, Weathering is a series of works which describe weather as a phenomenon arising from human rather than purely meteorological activity. Later in the year, Laing presents a solo exhibition at Sydney's historical National Art School Gallery.

Rosemary Laing, Heide Museum of Modern Art, February 21 - May 31, 2015
and National Art School Gallery, August 20 - October 15, 2015.