Goddess exhibition celebrates leading women on screen

04 April 2023

A new world-premiere exhibition celebrating the trailblazing women of cinema opens tomorrow at ACMI adding another blockbuster event to Melbourne’s creative offering.

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L-R Winnie Harlow. Photo Albert Sanchez. SAKURAN Film Committee © Moyoco Anno Kodansha. Marilyn Monroe, image by Milton H. Greene, © Archive on behalf of Milton H. Greene, 2007. 

The latest instalment of the Victorian Government’s Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series, Goddess: Power, Glamour, Rebellion traces 120 years of film and television history and the complex and changing representations of women on screen in Hollywood, Bollywood and Asian cinema.

The exhibition features never-before-seen costumes, props, sketches, movie memorabilia and interactive experiences – from Marlene Dietrich’s iconic white tuxedo and Michelle Yeoh’s fight-ready outfits from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) to the trailblazing work of Pam Grier.

Running until 1 October, Goddess will come alive with an extensive program of events, including curator tours, talks, workshops, film screenings and Goddess Nights – late night events featuring a line-up of DJs and performers.

Established in 2004, the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series has become a must-see for culture lovers, bringing blockbuster exhibitions to Melbourne, while boosting tourism and economic activity during the winter months.

Past Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibitions at ACMI have included wildly popular exhibitions Disney: The Magic of AnimationDavid Bowie Is… and Tim Burton: The Exhibition.

Goddess is open at ACMI in Fed Square from 5 April until 1 October 2023, before touring overseas.

For tickets and information visit the ACMI website.