THERE’s no doubting Melbourne’s position as the events capital of Australia, a fact that is about to be reinforced yet again, during what promises to be a most exciting Winter Masterpieces program.
The program, announced on Wedneday at the InterContinental’s Etch restaurant by Tourism Victoria’s Don Richter and attended by some of the curators of the exhibitions, gave an insight into what can be expected.
The line-up includes such crowd pleasing exhibitions as Napoleon: Revolution to Empire, The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia and Wallace and Gromit’s World of Invention.
For instance who knew that Napoleon had a hand in exploring Australia?
This Napoleon exhibition being held from 2 June – 7 October will provide, in addition to the answer, an insight to French art, culture and life from the 1770s.
At the other end of the spectrum is Games Masters, 28 June – 28 October at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), a testament to Melbourne’s reputation as the major creative hub for Australia’s videogames industry.
In an Australian first for the Melbourne Museum, The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia, is presented in collaboration with The British Museum from 4 May.
Artefacts from Mesopotamia, one of the world’s great ancient civilizations are on show – a region now occupied by modern Iraq, north east Syria, and south east Turkey.
Then from 18 May to November, the world-famous inventor and animated television personality Wallace and his faithful dog Gromit will be at Scienceworks as part of an interactive exhibition called Wallace and Gromit’s World of Invention.
Things get even more epic towards 2013 when the multiple Tony and Olivier Award-winning War Horse, will commence in late 2012.
This much admired production will be staged at the Arts Centre’s State Theatre, opening 31 December for a 10-week season.
Big things are also promised when KING KONG – Live on Stage premiers at the Regent, early 2013 before heading to Broadway.
And if that wasn’t enough, Opera Australia will present Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring Cycle) at the Arts Centre, Melbourne.
Now, there’s every good reason to hang your hat onto at least one of these productions.