The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT9)
to 28 Apr 2019 | QAG, GOMA | Free
Stretching from Iraq to Hawai’i, ‘The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT9) will bring new and significant art from across the region to Brisbane.
Highlights will be a substantial number of newly commissioned works, as well as works by emerging, mid-career and senior artists and influential works that continue to shape contemporary art in the region. APT9 is based on extensive research that has built on the wealth of knowledge established over the exhibition’s 25 year history.
The exhibition will feature over 80 artists and groups whose work is notable for making an impact in contemporary art in its local context, including a large representation of Australian artists. Their works will reveal a number of preoccupations, such as the use of innovative approaches to indigenous traditions and modern thought, the re-imagining of histories or poetic narratives and the ability to show our universal yet diverse relations to nature and culture.
Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda
| ACMI | Melbourne
A constant innovator, Sakamoto’s music has evolved in perfect harmony with his evolution as an artist and thinker.
Ryuichi Sakamoto has proven himself one of the most important artists of our era in a forty-year career as a techno-pop star, actor and Oscar-winning film composer.
Following the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Ryuichi Sakamoto became an iconic figure in Japan’s social movement against nuclear power and an unofficial spokesperson for the fear, anger and anxiety of the Japanese people. As Sakamoto returns to music following his battle with throat cancer, his haunting awareness of his own life crisis, as well as that of his country, leads to a creation of a resounding new masterpiece.
Stephen Nomura Schible’s sensitive and illuminating film stands not only as a portrait of an extraordinary career, but as one of the most intimate examinations of the creative process ever committed to film.
Akira Isogawa Exhibition
15 December 2018 – 30 June 2019 | Powerhouse Museum
Known for his fusion of Asian tradition with Australian ease, Akira Isogawa is one of our country’s most loved and celebrated designers. This exhibition is the first to explore his career of more than 25 years, revealing the background, impulses and cultural influences that have contributed to the making of a fashion original.
Akira Isogawa features a wide range of garments and outfits, mostly drawn from Isogawa’s extensive archive, a selection of which he has generously donated to the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences.
Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival
24th Feb 2019
The tenth annual Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival is back for 2019, and best of all – entry is free.
The event showcases Japanese culture, with performances, interactive activities, and plenty of Cosplay. Among the activities you can participate in are the traditional Bon Odori dance, as well as arts and crafts including origami. Japanese food will of course be a main attraction of the festival, with stallholders selling traditional food and drink.