2020 Exhibitions

UP COMING  4 April 2020 - 9 May 2020

Justine Varga



Tachisme is an exhibition that ruptures any clear distinction between photography and painting. The negatives from which these photographs derive were smeared and stained with pigment during their long exposures.

When these negatives are then printed from at large-scale in the darkroom, the latent inscriptions are revealed to intermingle with the distinctive signature of the artist’s fingertips, a trace of touching that is generally forbidden in the production of photographs.


An official exhibition of PHOTO 2020 International Festival of Photography, 23 April – 10 May 2020

Pictured: Justine Varga Influence 2018-19. Chromogenic photograph, 131.5 x 110 cm (image including halo border). Edition of 5 + 2AP.

UP COMING  12 March 2020 - 28 March 2020


Exquisite Corpse / Cadavre Exquis


The debut exhibition from industrial designer Adam Goodrum and French marquetry artisan Arthur Seigneur.


Part of Melbourne Design Week 2020, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the National Gallery of Victoria, 12 – 22 March 2020.

Download the media release.


Pictured: A&A Archant (2018-2019) console. Custom dyed rye straw, birch ply, brass, 91 (h) x 156 (w) x 36 (d) cm

CURRENT  8 February 2020 - 29 February 2020

Ben Quilty

150 years

An exhibition of new works from Ben Quilty.

Through Quilty’s ominous and heterogeneous approach in 150 years each work invites us to participate in a critical discussion. The same Quilty who explored the spiritual hollowness of contemporary masculinity in paintings of passed-out mates is present here, yet these themes are refracted through the decades since, through experience, a global and pervasive uncertainty, and a tangible level of disillusionment. In an age of authoritarian revival, Quilty’s decades-long interrogation of masculinity is gaining momentum.

Recently dubbed a ‘critical citizen’ by curator Lisa Slade, Quilty’s new work at Tolarno more explicitly depicts a self- critical citizen. In this case Self may not necessarily connote oneself, but one’s milieu, an individual splattered, dispersed throughout their socio-cultural plane. The artist – as well as a few family members and friends – are present in the landscape of the Rorschach, in the abstract works, and of course in Santa himself.

Download the 150 Years exhibition essay by Milena Stojanovska.

Image: Ben Quilty After the Pink Dress (Self Portrait) 2019, oil on linen, 265 x 202 cm