Landmark Australian Exhibit “Queer” Dispels The Practice Of Presuming Art as Heterosexual

Open now through 21 August at Australia’s National Gallery of Victoria, Queer is a triumphant exhibit, showcasing over 400 artworks that dispel the notion that art should be presumed heterosexual until proven otherwise. Expansive and full of camp, the exhibition’s contents span from ancient Egyptian amulets to Kylie Minogue and Indigenous works made today. In conjunction with each other, the artworks celebrate queerness—whether it appears overtly or not. Further, the art reveals connections between seemingly disparate pieces and gestures toward the queer experience of reading between the lines to create new meaning. Including LGBTQ+ icons like David Wojnarowicz and Yasumasa Morimura, the exhibit comprises different themes—shame and discrimination, real and imagined queer royalty, activism and more—to create Australia’s largest exploration of this kind. Learn more about this landmark show and how it was brilliantly curated at The Guardian.

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