2012 Melbourne Winter Masterpieces announced
2012 is shaping up to be another blockbuster year for art and popular culture lovers alike with the recent announcement of Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition Game Masters at ACMI which will feature alongside the highly anticipated Napoleon: Revolution to Empire hosted by the NGV.
Games Masters (28 June – 28 October, 2012, ACMI)
Melbourne is a major creative hub for Australia’s videogames industry, a reputation that will be confirmed in 2012 with Game Masters, a highly interactive videogame exhibition, presented at The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) as part of Melbourne Winter Masterpieces from 28 June 2012.
Curated by ACMI, Game Masters will showcase the work of leading local and international videogame designers with over 125 playable games from the arcade era through to the latest console and mobile game technology.
Over 40 game designers who have made a significant and ongoing impact in the field will be profiled throughout the exhibition, including well-known international, independent and Australian game designers. The designers’ work will be explored through a combination of rare concept artwork, newly commissioned interviews and playable games.
The exhibition will include a special section devoted to the golden age of arcade games, the 70s and 80s, as well as an exploration of independent game designers including such local talent as Melbourne-based Firemint, whose mobile game Spy Mouse, was the most downloaded game on the Apple App Store in September 2011.
The Game Masters exhibition will be accompanied by a series of public, film and education programs, expected to appeal to people of all ages and abilities, from the budding game developer to smart phone users to children and the ‘original’ gamers.
Game Masters is a follow up to ACMI’s successful 2008 Game On exhibition (attendance: 148,000), which explored the history of videogames and videogame genres from the 1960s to the present day.
More information: www.acmi.net.au
Napoleon: Revolution to Empire (2 June – 7 October, 2012, NGV International)
Opening at NGV International on 2 June, 2012, Napoleon: Revolution to Empire is a panoramic exhibition examining French art, culture and life from the 1770s to the 1820s.
Its story runs from the first French voyages of discovery to Australia during the reign of Louis XV to the end of Napoleon’s transforming leadership as first Emperor of France.
The exhibition will provide a fascinating insight into French art and culture from one of the richest and most tumultuous periods in French history: the era of Napoleon Bonaparte and his wife Josephine, two of the world’s most dynamic and influential historical figures.
The exhibition brings together more than 200 works from late 18th and early 19th Century France, including paintings, watercolours and drawings, engravings, sculpture, furniture, textiles, porcelain, glass, gold and silver, fashion, jewellery and armour.
Napoleon: Revolution to Empire is organised in partnership with the Fondation Napoléon, Paris, who are lending many of their works and treasures. It will feature incomparable treasures drawn from Europe’s most important Revolutionary and Napoleonic collections, including the Château de Malmaison, Château de Versailles, Musée Carnavalet and Musée de l’Armée in France, the Napoleonmuseum Thurgau in Switzerland, and the Museo Napoleonico in Rome. The co-curator of the exhibition is Karine Huguenaud, Chargée des Collections, Fondation Napoléon.
More information: www.ngv.vic.gov.au/ngv-media