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6° & CLEAR SKY ON WEDNESDAY 19 JUNE IN MELBOURNE
By Tom Clift
May 22, 2019
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The Moon

A huge exhibition dedicated to the moon and space travel descends on the Geelong Gallery.
By Tom Clift
May 22, 2019
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Fly down the Princes Highway all the way to the moon with this expansive exhibition at the Geelong Gallery. Exploring our endless fascination with the brightest light in the night sky, the exhibition runs from mid-June until the end of winter — and coincides with the 50 year anniversary of the moon landing. It combines visual art with film, literature, music and science in order to fully transport visitors to the lunar surface.

Incorporating works from galleries around the country, as well as a number of private collections, the exhibition features historical and modern works that demonstrate how the celestial body has shaped human art, mythology and our understanding of the universe for aeons. Look at photos of NASA trips to the moon and research centres, paintings by famed Japanese artists or sit back and watch the revolutionary 1902 French adventure flick, A Trip to the Moon.

Stargazers will also be happy to know that the gallery will also transform into a pop-up planetarium on Saturday, July 20 to mark half a century since Neil Armstrong's famous trip across the Sea of Tranquillity. One our sessions in the planetarium will include a short film and a tour of the night sky's moons, planets, constellations and stars. Tickets for this will set you back $11.

The Moon is open from 10am–5pm daily.

Images: George Méliès, A Trip to the Moon (1902), courtesy of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image; Rosemary Laing, NASA — Dryden Flight Research Center #1 1998, courtesy of Tolarno Galleries and the artist.

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