Ex­hi­bi­tions

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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.

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