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Bohemian Melbourne: A Modern Retrospective have received the following Press Release on a very exciting event:

“Opening on 12 December, Bohemian Melbourne will weave the story of Melbourne’s bohemian scenes, subcultures and identities from the mid-19th century until today. The exhibition celebrates artists, writers, poets, performers, musicians and filmmakers who made their mark on Melbourne over the last 150 years including the likes of Marcus Clarke, Percy Grainger, Barry Humphries, Mika Mora and Nick Cave.

Bohemian Melbourne features a cast of colourful characters including well-known Melbourne iconoclasts – like Albert Tucker and Joy Hester, Tim and Betty Burstall, Frank Thring and The Skyhooks – and lesser known avant garde figures like Vali Myers and Val Eastwood. The exhibition also explores modern day bohemians such as goths, punks, burlesque and street artists.



Along with individuals, the exhibition delves into places that have etched themselves into Melbourne’s history such as Heide, Montsalvat, the Savage Club, La Mama, the Pram Factory, the Crystal Ballroom and the Nicholas Building.

Bohemian Melbourne brings together paintings, photographs, prints, books, diaries, letters, costumes, posters and album covers along with a diverse selection of rarely seen film and video from the National Film and Sound Archive, the ABC and numerous independent filmmakers. The exhibition has been curated by the State Library of Victoria with advisor Tony Moore, Monash University historian and author of Dancing With Empty Pockets: Australia’s Bohemians.

Bohemian Melbourne will be a free exhibition in the Keith Murdoch Gallery at the State Library from 12 December 2014 until 22 February 2015.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a summer program of live music, film screenings, art workshops, walking tours, talks and pop-up performances.”

Full details can be found at at 



Posted by Jonathan on Nov 16th 2014 | Filed in Art,Burlesque,Cabaret,Culture,Events,Fashion,History,Literature,News | Comments (0)

Night Flower – New Vali Myers Book Launch

Just to reproduce the eloquent description by the fine Outré folk from their own website:

Outré Gallery is very proud to be publishing and producing a brand new book on artist Vali Myers.  In conjunction with the Vali Myers Art Gallery Trust, Outré Gallery is planning this release in September 2012 – with a book launch which will be celebrated with an exhibition of original artworks, display of diaries and relics as well as new prints.

Vali Myers was an enigmatic Australian-born artist who lived her life as a fiercely independent, brave, bright flame carving her influence through Paris, Italy, New York and Africa before returning to Australia in the twilight of her life.

Artist, dancer, animal lover, dedicated diarist, visionary, muse and powerful creatrix, Vali left a body of work which started with her early drawings in the cafés of Paris in 1950 right through till her death in 2003.

Vali had an incalculable impact on creative beings all over the world.  Her path crossed with many luminaries of the 20th century, including Jean Paul Sartre, Jean Genet, Tennessee Williams, Allen Ginsberg, George Plimpton, Django Reinhardt, Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali, Donovan, Patti Smith, Deborah Harry, Dee Dee Ramone and Marianne Faithful.

Known in life for her wild, flaming hair, intricate facial tattoos and loud gypsy jewellery, Vali’s indomitable spirit and authentic take on life continues to permeate through her art, inspiring and influencing those who fall under her spell.

Her exceptionally detailed drawings, delicately executed at night by lamp-light, often took many months, even years, to complete with a light touch, patient hand and a fine pointillist style.

This book includes many hereto unpublished drawings, photographs, previously unseen diary excerpts and reflections by: Carlo McCormick, Eileen Polk, Devendra Banhart, Donovan, Chris Stein, Flame Schon, Gianni Menichetti, Ruth Cullen, Julia Inglis and Nicole Karidis (Vali Myers Art Gallery Trust).

The official book launch will take place at

Outré Gallery Melbourne
249 Elizabeth St, Melbourne CBD

Friday 21 September 2012, from 7pm

This will be a strict RSVP only event

Posted by Jonathan on Sep 10th 2012 | Filed in Art,Culture,Events,History,News,People | Comments (0)

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