Paris: Impressions of Life 1880 – 1925
16 Mar 24 – 14 Jul 24

If you can’t take the people you love to Paris, France take them to Paris, Bendigo this autumn.

Wander through the vibrant and picturesque scenes of historical Paris where social change, urban development, and artistic innovation collided to create the modern marvel we know today. Wander through the lively banks of the Seine, the bustling marketplaces, grand boulevards, charming public gardens, and soak in the bohemian vibes of Montmartre—all beautifully captured in over 170 exquisite works of art and artisan objects. This exclusive exhibition, straight from the esteemed Musée Carnavalet – History of Paris, brings the essence of Parisian history to the heart of Bendigo.

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Thankfully, to keep you waiting, the Bendigo Art Gallery is now showing another Paris-themed collection. Showing until the 3rd of November, The School of Paris: Australian artists abroad highlights the work of Australian artists having travelled or emigrated to France to learn the local techniques and surround themselves in the culture. ‘The School of Paris’ was a term coined in reference to the wave of non-French artists from around the world who gravitated to this thriving centre of artistic activity.

Click here for more information on the collection.

Fake News Exhibition

From 15 September to 14 October, the Alliance Francaise of Canberra will present ‘Fake News’, an exhibition produced by Poster for Tomorrow, with the support of the Institut Francais and the French Embassy in Australia. Opening night is on Friday 16 September!

‘Fake News’ is an exhibition that reflects on the power of spreading fake and misleading information. Graphic designers from around the world have designed posters reflecting on media, social media, misinformation and its consequences. 40 posters will be displayed at the Alliance Française of Canberra, inviting you to reflect on this theme.

With the ever growing use of social media, we are now constantly given global news and information – how do we detect which are true and which are not? Traditional media now have to face a constant flood of information online, from various sources. This exhibition reflects on the impact this has on public opinion, how these Fake News are used by various personalities and politicians.

Discover the top 10 posters that will be showcased at the exhibition!

Exhibition is free of entry and open at our Alliance opening times!

Fake News Student Contest

At the Alliance Francaise, we want to include young French learners and students in a debate on Fake News, and have them reflect on the impact of misleading information. We want them to fully understand the impact of Fake News, know how to identify them and analyse them in the future.

On this occasion we have organized a contest for 14 to 18 years old where they will have to create a fake news – making them experts at identifying them. Great prizes to be won (polaroid, speaker, earpods)! You have until August 17 to enter the contest.

Click here to read the conditions of entry:

The Picasso Century Exhibition

National Gallery of Melbourne
10 Jun – 9 Oct 2022

This winter, discover the artworks of Picasso and that of his peers including Salvador Dali and Georges Braque.
The exhibition holds great significance as one of the most ambitious projects of Australia’s oldest and most visited art museums,
the National Gallery of Melbourne (NGV). A project of Franco-Australian collaboration bringing together Le Centre Pompidou,
Le Musée National Picasso, and the NGV, the exhibition celebrates the career, context, and network of Picasso.


Tickets for NGV members

Tickets for General Public

Opening Night: 5th of November, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Poetry reading by Stéphanie Pouliquin: Poetry as a way to express the deeper meaning of life and heal

This body of work aims to reflect the way we care for people, cradling the emotions of those around us and acknowledging that we all encounter difficulties and challenges in life.  Often we put others first, at other times we need to focus on our own self-care.  As we carry the emotional load of those we love, we need to find a place to release our own feelings, see them transform, and transfigure our shared identity.

These series of paintings were initially created when Marie Barincou offered self-care workshops to healthcare workers at the Canberra Hospital.  After each encounter, Barincou would engage in her own self-care through painting a representation of her own feelings.  She then offered her work to hospital’s staff.  They felt moved by her attunement to their circumstances.

Subsequently, Arts in Health commissioned Barincou to create uplifting pictures to enliven the newly refurbished oncology ward.  Here, Marie Barincou showcases some of her research and preparatory paintings for this project.  Next month, the enlarged and gilded archival prints of the Journey’s series will be on permanent display at the Canberra Hospital’s Oncology Ward.

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Marie Barincou, AThR, is a French-Australian multimodal artist and creative arts therapist.  She graduated with a Master of Fine Arts, in France, and a Master of Arts Therapy, in Australia.  Marie has a passion for human development and particularly values self-care practices.  She offers individual art therapy sessions and facilitates arts-based community engagement projects that allow relationships to unfold and deepen.  She strongly believes that together we create a better world.

Stéphanie Pouliquin is a teacher at Alliance Française Canberra. She studied art history and currently teaches French cinema and literature at AF. Stéphanie Pouliquin is French-Australian , teacher of French at Alliance française of Canberra since 2003. She lived in Germany and Italy before moving to Australia in 2001. She studied the history of art and languages in Montpellier. She has a passionate interest in philosophy and literature and how they can contribute to improving our daily life and well-being.


Developed in collaboration with the Centre Pompidou in Paris, which holds an exceptional collection of works by the artist, Matisse: Life & Spirit, Masterpieces from the Centre Pompidou, Paris is the greatest single exhibition of Matisse masterworks ever to be seen in Sydney.

Filled with brilliant colour, dynamic energy, visual joy and emotional power, it’s an inspirational journey through the life and art of this ceaselessly inventive and life-affirming painter.

Reaching from his early adventures in colour as a fauvist through to the serene and distilled designs for his chapel in Vence, the exhibition follows Matisse’s search across six decades. Through paintings, drawings, sculptures and a compelling presentation of his triumphant cut-outs, it reveals how Matisse renewed his vision time and again across his long career, seeking new ways of celebrating the seen world and expressing the energy he felt in it.

Highlights include the especially important early work Le Luxe I 1907; the mid-career masterpiece Decorative figure on an ornamental ground 1925; and the majestic self-portrait The sorrow of the king 1952, one of the largest of the famous cut-outs that the artist created in his late career.

This exhibition is made possible with the support of the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. Part of the Sydney International Art Series, bringing the world’s most outstanding exhibitions to Australia, exclusively to Sydney.

At the peak of the Covid pandemic, Tony Maniaty photographed street life in Paris – these images now feature in a photobook ‘Our Hearts Are Still Open’ (with a wonderful essay by the Australian philosopher Raimond Gaita, author of ‘Romulus, My Father’) and in his upcoming solo exhibition in Sydney.

Where? The Kirribilli Centre Gallery. It’s an historic 1880s mansion and the upstairs gallery overlooks the Harbour Bridge.

The viewing hours for the continuing exhibition:

(NOTE: The Gallery requires double vaccination as a condition of entry, plus masks where appropriate.)

©Tony Maniaty

Van Gogh’s works have been exhibited and admired for over a century – but never like this.

Created by Grande Experiences, Van Gogh Alive gives visitors the unique opportunity to immerse themselves into Van Gogh’s artistry and truly venture into his world. Traditions of tiptoeing through silent galleries and viewing paintings from afar in quiet contemplation are forgotten as visitors find themselves interacting with art in ways they never imagined. From start to finish, visitors are surrounded by a vibrant symphony of light, colour, sound and fragrance that has been called an ‘unforgettable’ multi-sensory experience.

Van Gogh’s masterpieces come to life, giving visitors the sensation of walking right into his paintings, a feeling that is simultaneously enchanting, entertaining and educational. Adults and children delight in the super-scale show, viewing artworks from new angles and discovering unique perspectives. But don’t just take their word for it: experience it for yourself!


Where: 257 MacArthur Ave, Hamilton QLD 4007

When: From 29th of October to 23rd of December 2021


Where: Parkes Place Lawn

When : From the 5th of March to 27th of March  2022

Journey to France through Monet’s paintings from the suburbs of Paris to the Mediterranean coast, discovering the places Monet lived and travelled with guest curator Katie Hanson, the Curator of Paintings, Art of Europe, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Spotlight on the NGV Collection is a special online series designed exclusively for supporters of the NGV. This program is generously supported by the Spotlight Foundation.

The video stream will start automatically once the event begins. If you do not see or hear the speakers at the program start time, press the ‘play’ button in the bottom left of the video or try reloading the web page.

The Arc de Triomphe is wrapped in 25,000 square meters of recyclable polypropylene fabric in silvery blue, and with 3,000 meters of red rope.

In 1961, three years after they met in Paris, Christo and Jeanne-Claude began creating works of art in public spaces. One of their projects was to wrap a public building. When he arrived in Paris, Christo rented a small room near the Arc de Triomphe and had been attracted by the monument ever since. In 1962, he made a photomontage of the Arc de Triomphe wrapped, seen from the Avenue Foch and, in 1988, a collage. 60 years later, the project will finally be concretized.