Best in art this month – Sydney

If you only manage to see one exhibition this month, make it one of these.

Is one of your New Year resolutions to add a little more culture into you life? Take a shortcut straight to the good stuff and check out our highlights for what’s worth seeing this January.

tatsue-miyajima-mca1. Tatsuo Miyajima: Connect With Everything

Encompassing sculptural works, rooms and environments, and performance video, Miyajima’s first exhibition in the Southern Hemisphere explores time and its passage.

Where: Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), The Rocks
Until: Sunday March 5 2017



2. Nude: Art from the Tate Collection

Over 100 masterworks from the Tate collection have come to Sydney this Summer. The collection features paintings, sculptures and photographs by renowned artists such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Louise Bourgeois and Sarah Lucas.

Where: Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
Until: Sunday February 5 2017



 3. Vernon Ah Kee: Not an Animal or Plant

In this solo exhibition, conceptual artist Vernon Ah Kee presents a thought-provoking portrait of black and white political issues, attitudes and ideologies.

Where: National Art School, Darlinghurst
Until Saturday March 11 2017


4. Another Day in Paradise

Another Day In Paradise presents a sobering series of powerful portraits by Myuran Sukumaran, painted during his incarceration at Bali’s Kerobokan jail and from his final incarceration on Nusa Kambangan Island.

Where: Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown
Until: Sunday March 26 2017



5. Manifesto

Watch Cate Blanchett transform herself into 13 wildly different guises including a school teacher, factory worker and a homeless man, all apart of Julian Rosefeldt’s video installation Manifesto.

Where: Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
Until: Sunday February 19 2017

Image: Julian Rosefeldt/VG Bild-Kunst


6. Vile Bodies

The theme of Vile Bodies is that the “fantastic beasts” of Chinese mythology have been replaced by very real “monsters” created by the country’s scientific, social, political and environmental experiments.

Where: White Rabbit, Chippendale
Until: Sunday February 5 2017

Image: Anna Kucera



Combining art and scientific data, EXIT was part of the UN Climate Change Conference, in Paris in 2015. It visualises the data of mass migrations over the last decade or so and explores causes and consequences.

Where: UNSW Galleries, Paddington
Until: Saturday march 25 2017

Image: Luc Boegly, Diller Scofido + Renfro


8. New World Order

Exposés, conspiracy theories, cybernetic tarot cards, UFO blanket paintings, alternate currencies and alternate endings, New World Order is an opportunity to think about how we make sense of the world in a post-internet era.

Where: Casula Powerhouse, Casula
Until: February 12 2017



9. Primavera

MCA’s annual exhibition of young Australian artists aged 35 years and under showcases the works of artists in the early stages of their career. This year, Primavera celebrates its 26th edition and is guest-curated by Sophia Kouyoumdjian.

Where: Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), The Rocks
Until: Sunday March 19 2017

Image: Danie Mellor


10. Sentient Lands

This exhibition showcases different representations of the connection to country for Indigenous Australian identity and culture, from the painting of Dreamtime stories, to depictions of nature, Dreamtime spirits, and works evoking landscape.

Where: Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
Until: Sunday October 8 2017

Image: Jenni Carter AGNSW