Bendigo Art Gallery is staging “Marimekko: Design Icon 1951 to 2018” from 3 March. The large-scale exhibition highlights the history and relevance of the Marimekko brand. It traces the brand’s meteoric rise from the 1950s to the present and explores the dualities that define its aesthetic. Developed by Helsinki’s renowned Design Museum, the exhibition features more than 60 outfits, swathes of original fabrics, homewares, sketches and other archival materials. It focuses on the work of the talented individuals who defined the textile practice and created its internationally recognisable designs.
Established during the golden age of post-war Modernism, Marimekko achieved international fame in the 1960s and 1970s with its bold screen prints and Pop Art-style graphics. It achieved popularity in the 1960s, bolstered by Jacqueline Kennedy who wore several Marimekko dresses during the 1960 United States presidential campaign.
From 3 March, daily 10am–5pm, Bendigo Art Gallery, 42 View Street, Bendigo. 5434 6088. www.bendigoartgallery.com.au Coat Harakka, designed by Liisa Suvanto in 1974, pattern Kottarainen designed by Katsuji Wakisaka in 1974. Photo: Seppo Saves/designmuseum.