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Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces from the Prado
From 21 July – 4 November 2012 the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane will be hosting an exhibition of over 100 masterpieces from one of the most revered collections of European painting in the world. ‘Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces from the Prado’ has been specially curated for the Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane by the Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid (the Prado). It is the largest and most significant international loan the Prado has ever undertaken, and is also the first exhibition from their collection ever to be shown in the Southern Hemisphere.
Renowned Australian choreographer and acrobatic director Rob Tannion is directing the fantastic Christmas show which is currently running in Madrid’s Teatro Circo Price. The show runs from 5 December 2012 until 6 January 2013 and is a “fusion of beauty, surprise and humour for the whole family”. More information can be found at: www.teatrocircoprice.es/web/
The Australian Studies Centre at the university of Barcelona will hold its annual interdisciplinary international conference in December 2012 around the theme ‘Australia: looking forward and looking back’.
The Australian Dance Theatre will be bringing its show ‘Proximity’ to Europe from January to March 2012. The tour will include shows in Seville, Granada and Barcelona. More information at http://www.adt.org.au/.
Lawrence Gundabuka Sculptures
The Australian Embassy, Madrid, was pleased to display a series of sculptures entitled 'Viva las Amazonas!' by the Barcelona-based Australian artist Lawrence Gundabuka. The works were on display in the embassy from 21 June to 21 July 2012. Special thanks to EMED Tartessus for making it happen.
Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art: the Sordello Missana Collection
From the Private Collection of Marc Sordello and Francis Missana, this exhibition highlights the aesthetic innovation of aboriginal artists.
The originality of aboriginal art resides in the new forms that it uses to convey to the world its ancestral culture, of central significance. The pieces of art have geometrical simplicity and play with volume and frontalities.
The exhibition ran from 31 January to 16 April at the Valencian Modern Art Institute (IVAM), c/Guillem de Castro 118, Valencia.
For additional information please visit the Institute’s website at http://www.ivam.es
Sydney Dance Company at the Mercat de Les Flors, Barcelona
In November 2011, award-winning choreographer Rafael Bonachela returned to the Mercat de les Flors with Sydney Dance Company for their first performance in Spain in many years. The double bill included two of Bonachela’s newest works – 6 Breaths and LANDforms