The 2014 visual arts program has been realised in an ongoing spirit of collaboration and cooperation with many esteemed partner organisations.
Carsten Höller’s Golden Mirror Carousel was selected in direct response to the micro theme of Circus in this year's festival, and it will carry the carnival-esque spirit forward throughout the summer months at NGV. Ambitious group exhibitions Framed Movements (ACCA), Art as a Verb (MUMA) and Whisper in My Mask (Tarrawarra) reflect broader preoccupations of artists who cross over different art forms.
American photographer Vivian Maier, whose works of predominantly urban landscape and self-portraiture were only recently discovered, is brought to life in exhibition and film. At the State Library, emerging artist Linda Tegg, coaxes the library forecourt back into its primordial botanical past with Grasslands.
Melbourne Festival’s first collaboration with the exciting new MPavilion initiative in the Queen Victoria Memorial Gardens opposite the NGV provides further links between the visual and performing arts in the context of architectural innovation.
Many of the exhibitions and installations are accompanied by performances, workshops and talks – see each event page for more information about session dates and times of these events.