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Pop Masters: Art From the Mugrabi Collection, New York

The Gold Coast's Home of the Arts is bringing pop art royalty (with a side of New York cool) to the Sunshine State.
By Marie-Antoinette Issa
February 14, 2023
By Marie-Antoinette Issa
February 14, 2023

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If you're all about that low-key life, then look away now, because you're not going to find it at Pop Masters: Art From the Mugrabi Collection, New York. Instead, the art exhibition — which is headed to the Gold Coast's HOTA (Home of the Arts) from Saturday, February 18 to Sunday, June 4, 2023  — is a vibe of everything bold, beautiful and even a little brash, making it a perfect addition to the locale literally known as The Glitter Strip.

The show, which takes its name from the private collection of art collector Jose Mugrabi, will
bring Big Apple cool to Queensland's coastal capital. On display in this world-exclusive, first-time-in-Australia exhibition are pieces by Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat (pictured below), as well as a crew of contemporaries like Katherine Bernhardt, Kwesi Botchway, George Condo, Damien Hirst, Kaws, Joel Mesler, Richard Prince, Tom Sachs, Julian Schnabel, Mickalene Thomas and Tom Wesselmann.

Jean-Michel Basquiat 1985 ©️ Lizzie Himmel. Artwork ©️ Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York.

Does this add a mustn't-miss arty vibe to the state of sunshine, shopping strips and soaring roller coasters? Absolutely. However, if you're concerned about wasting precious beach time, you'll be happy to hear that HOTA will also be hosting two after-hours openings of the event. Held on Friday, March 24 and Sunday, May 19, from 6.30–10pm, Up Late will give guests the chance to enjoy the exhibition in a whole new light (well, technically dark).

Completing the concrete jungle experience, expect an evening of DJs spinning old-school Brooklyn-influenced hip hop, pop-up performances and delish food and drinks — specifically, hot dogs, pretzels, standout cocktails and even a five-course dinner, all inspired by the Empire State.

Pop Masters: Art From the Mugrabi Collection, New York is on at HOTA from Saturday, February 18 till Sunday, June 4. For further details and to book tickets, head to the website.

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