Walking up the steps to the Bendigo Art Gallery was one of the happiest moments of last weekend. That could be put down to the thrill of seeing a massive wall emblazoned with shocking-pink poppies, but it was definitely also the anticipation of total immersion in the Finnish textile and fashion company’s world for two whole hours. Bliss.
Be sure to get there, if you can, before it finishes on 11 June.
We can possibly help with that… we’re giving away three double passes, thanks to Bendigo Art Gallery.
Just sign up to receive this Friday’s Travel Update and you’ll receive instructions for entering the draw. Good luck!
The Bendigo Art Gallery reminds us Marimekko was established “during the golden age of post-war modernism … and achieved international fame in the 1960s and 70s with its bold screen prints and pop-art style graphics. Coinciding with the emerging liberation of women, the founding of Marimekko, or ‘Mary dress’ as the name literally translates, represented a pure concept; free from rules and constraints.”
This uplifting exhibition traces Marimekko’s meteoric rise from the 1950s to the present. It also “explores the dualities that define its aesthetic. Its iconic fabric patterns and unconventional ready-to-wear outfits brought colour and informality to an otherwise self-conscious fashion world. With more than 60 outfits, swathes of original fabrics, homewares, sketches and other archival materials, the exhibition focuses on the work of the talented individuals who defined this local textile practice and created its internationally recognisable designs.”
Marimekko really is a spirit-raiser and well worth the trip up from Melbourne – or wherever you’re domiciled.
While you’re there, also take time to drop in on New Histories, running until 29 July. Curator Jessica Bridgfoot has worked with leading Australian artists (including Juan Ford) to create 10 new works for the show, each inspired by significant historical works from the Bendigo Art Gallery’s collection.
Marimekko. Design Icon 1951-2018. An exhibition celebrating mid-century colour and style from Finland’s premiere design house.
Open 10am-5pm daily till 11 June 2018 at Bendigo Art Gallery, 42 View Street, Bendigo, Victoria.
OR subscribe, before Friday 11 May, to receive the Journeys To Come Travel Update for your chance to win one of three double passes to the exhibition!