• arts & culture

22 October 2018

A major exhibition will open at the Immigration Museum on 1 December exploring what, where and how we love.

Young Love Sculpture, Leopoldine Mimovich (c1995)

Young Love Sculpture, Leopoldine Mimovich (c1995)

Presented in partnership with Heide Museum of Modern Art, LOVE explores all forms of loving connection between humans. LOVE will boldly investigate the most common and visceral of all shared human experiences, telling intimate stories that will lift your heart, fill it, and break it, through visual art, aural and written storytelling, and objects.

The exhibition presents Australian love stories of all kinds that traverse landscapes of time, gender, orientation, ethnicity, age, and distance. They reflect Immigration Museum's commitment to celebrating all communities and highlighting our shared humanity.

LOVE will offer a sensory experience in Immigration Museum's spectacularly renovated historic Long Room. Visitors will be guided through the space by first-person love-storytelling delivered via a tailored digital guide, featuring an all-Australian musical soundtrack. Wander through purpose-built, immersive "love shacks” then, commit your own love story to the central Heart Garden installation.

LOVE features works from the Heide Collection by key Australian artists: Sidney Nolan, Joy Hester, Albert Tucker, Sam Atyeo, Mirka Mora, and Richard Larter. Displayed alongside intimate photographs, these works recount the entangled intimacies of the Heide circle of artists.

Other love stories include:

  • Melbourne performance artists The Huxleys romantic, creative, glitter-bound love story
  • The aching love for absent children felt by admired visual artist Mirka Mora
  • The Cypriot bride, whose new husband rowed into Port Phillip Bay to greet her with sweets
  • A mother from South Sudan who risked everything to give her son a future
  • An unlikely nineteenth century friendship between an Wurundjeri Elder and a white Scottish woman

This collaboration of two significant Victorian cultural institutions marks the beginning of a process of re-imagining what Immigration Museum can be. Love is for everybody. Let the summer of LOVE begin!

LOVE opens at Immigration Museum on Saturday 1 December 1.

Visit Immigration Museum for details