From 2021, Melbourne has the opportunity to host the world's largest digital art gallery, spanning 3000m2. The current THE LUME CONNECT exhibition featuring approximately 550 indigenous works closes on Sunday, February 4, 2024.
The Loom Melbourne: What is it?
It's a multi-sensory experience and the world's largest digital art gallery, located at the Melbourne Convention Center (near DFO South Wharf Shopping Center and Novotel Hotel) on an area of 3000 metres.2 and 4 stories high.
After paying tribute to the works of Van Gogh in 2021 and then Monet in 2022, the third edition of Loom Melbourne is now dedicated to Aboriginal works, and ends on February 4, 2024 to lead up to the exhibition. Vinci in early March.
LUME Link: What can you see and do at the current exhibition?
First, attend the welcome ceremony because “Smoke festival“Given at the entrance area of the gallery. This custom is part of the traditional practice when outsiders seek permission to enter the “country”, which is sacred and celebrated by the tribe.
Then, immerse yourself for 50 minutes in the multi-sensory gallery, featuring more than 550 tribal paintings on the floor and walls, set against the backdrop of tribal music created by over 110 different artists. These works form the largest collection of Australian First Peoples art ever assembled under the theme of “country”. Earth has Water passes through the skyShows the strong connection tribals have with nature.
Depending on the preference of each visitor, one of the numerous beanbags can be enjoyed from the entry level or from the mezzanine, moving or standing still, standing, sitting or lying down. Layout in gallery.
During or after the Multi-Sensory Gallery, several other spaces can be accessed:
- For sale is an original art gallery with multi-body canvases painted by Aboriginal artists. Every day at 11:15am, 2:15pm and 4:15pm, an expert gives a free 15-minute explanation of the artworks on display.
- Emily's Wall: Painted by painter Emily Cam Kingwarre (c. 1910 – 1996), considered one of Australia's most important First Nations artists, she did not start painting until her 70s but soon gained international recognition for her unique artistic style. LUME is proud to present the first public exhibition of Emily's Wall in Australia as part of the Melbourne Connection. On loan from art collector Hank Epps, Emily's wall consists of 53 separate panels, each painted during one week of the year and reflecting her vision of the passing seasons. The effect of Emily's wall is enhanced here by a glass floor and ceiling, giving the illusion of infinite depth.
- Interactive playroom: For the first time, LUME Melbourne's Immersive Cylindrical Room offers an interactive installation. Combining artwork depicting land, water and sky. There are projections in the space that respond to the movements of the audience, inviting them to reflect on their mutual relationship with the “land”.
- The Myrrh coffee : invites visitors to discover the incredible flavors of indigenous produce through a fusion of traditional dishes and contemporary ingredients by First Nations Chef Mark Olive. With a menu made up of Australian produce with indigenous flavors and indigenous fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices, Mirri is an essential stop to enjoy the taste and smell dimensions of this multi-sensory experience.
“Wellness” classes (yoga and pilates, among others)
The connection offers multiple sessions of multi-sensory experience “well being”Yoga sessions (Wednesdays and Saturdays) and Pilates (Sundays) are included in an absolutely magical setting.
Thursday January 25, 2025: “Deep Connection” Evening
On this special evening, starting at 6pm, the gallery will come alive with paintings by several artists featured in the joint exhibition, such as Dulsi Bula Lang and Rosemary Pitjara (from Utopia in the Northern Territory). They are surrounded by a large family of famous artists including Emily Cam Kingware. Yorda Yorda artist Janet Bromley will also host a drop-in workshop for visitors to try their hand at her loom tutorial.
Saturday February 3: “Feast for the Senses” with Chef Mark Olive
A premium way to experience the connection is an intimate three-course dinner for two at Mirri Cafe, surrounded by paintings projected with tribal music.A feast for the senses“, offered every Saturday at 6pm or 7:30pm are sold separately and no discount tickets are available.
Sunday February 4: Final patch
As the multi-sensory connection experience concludes for the day, an intimate celebration takes place on the final evening, including a live performance by Alice Skye, whose work is added to the experience. A feast not to be missed.
LUME Melbourne: What do we know about the future LUME Leonardo da Vinci exhibition?
Woven between the streets of Florence, the canals of Venice and the grandeur of Milan, the upcoming The Loom Leonardo da Vinci exhibition aims to recreate the atmosphere of the Renaissance and is meticulously crafted to reveal life and the human side. Leonardo. Walking through the extensive 3,000m² multi-sensory gallery, visitors will gain a deeper understanding of the maestro's inspirations, innovations and lasting impact as his many inventions, architectural achievements and works of art are projected.
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