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Exhibition

Telling Tales
– Excursions in Narrative Form

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Mon-Wed10-5pm
Thur10-9pm
Fri-Sun10-5pm

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Telling Tales: Excursions in Narrative Form has now finished.

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The Artists in the exhibition

Participating artists include Safdar Ahmed & Refugee Art Project, Kate Daw, Emily Floyd, Mabel Juli, Jumaadi, Jitish Kallat, Bouchra Khalili, Lee Mingwei, Angelica Mesiti, Peggy Patrick, Shirley Purdie, Phyllis Thomas and Kerry Tribe

Curator: Rachel Kent

Telling Tales: Excursions in Narrative Form explores the varied, inventive approaches taken by leading Australian and international artists to narrative form. Using diverse materials including light, fog and hand-typed text, their works pick apart conventional story-telling approaches to reconsider ideas around structure, duration, repetition and fragmentation.

Breaking away from a traditional linear format, their works instead offer cyclical and open-ended stories, narration through non-verbal communication or silence, and mysterious, incomplete narratives constructed through fragments and clues. Questions around authorship, truth and fiction emerge through some artists’ works whilst others embrace oral histories and live durational events, including shadow puppetry and opera, to convey their stories.

Free guided tours

Tour the exhibition with our volunteer guides and discover art, artists and their hidden stories, free tours of Telling Tale: Excursions in narrative form run daily.

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Performances as part of Telling Tales: Excursions in Narrative Form


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Lee Mingwei, Sonic Blossom, 2013–present
Every Thursday– Sunday, 2 June – 9 October
12–4pm
Level 3 Galleries
(no bookings)

Taiwanese, Paris-based artist Lee Mingwei’s performance-installation Sonic Blossom has classically trained opera singers periodically select a museum visitor and approach them with a simple question: May I give you the gift of song? Should the visitor accept, the singer will lead the participant to a chair and serenade them with one of Franz Schubert’s lieder. Mingwei compares the sporadic performances to “the folding and unfolding of a ‘Sonic Blossom’.”