Any patron of the arts worth their salt is always on the lookout for new scenes to explore, and if you don’t find yourself ‘down under’ very often then it can be surprisingly easy to overlook the bustling art scene in Melbourne. The Australian city is not only an exceptional vacation spot and sprawling metropolis, but the city itself is literally being transformed into a work of art and is experiencing quite the renaissance. All across the city are spectacular sculptures and murals decorating the otherwise sleek and modern metropolis.
Must-see sights and exhibits that will give you just cause for a pilgrimage to Melbourne
- The city is home to Australia’s oldest art museum, the National Gallery of Victoria, which houses countless thousands of pieces making it easily the most exhaustive collection in the country and a fairly large gallery by any standards. You’ll find an extensive variety of pieces ranging from classic to modern, both international and indigenous. There’s also the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and countless smaller galleries nearby. The Aboriginal pieces that can be found on display are quite unlike anything else in the world and are worth the trip on their own. No matter what kind of art you’re into, there’s something for everyone and depending on the gallery and the piece, some of it could even be added to a private collection for the right price.
- For another traditionally defined concept of art there are also dozens of sculptures littered about such as the iconic Public Purse by Simon Perry, Petrus Spronk’s Architectural Fragment, and Paul Montford’s The Water Nymph just to name a few. You can find many of the pieces within walking distance of each other by exploring the area between the State Library of Victoria and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. Some of the pieces are a bit more contentious than others, but the masterful craftsmanship and beautiful artistic expressions are still worth appreciating firsthand.
- Street Art
- We already mentioned the murals that are painting a fantastical fantasy vale over the city, which you can find plenty of in Fitzroy and other popular neighborhoods, but there’s so much more to see. If you’re a fan of urban street artists like Banksy, then you’ll be happy to see some of his work gracing the city walls, but don’t let that distract you from the local talent as well. There are powerfully political and magnificently creative pieces from various artists all throughout the city that will have you wanting to explore every nook and cranny that Melbourne is hiding.