Kylie on Stage

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Kylie on Stage

Geelong Gallery is delighted to announce that Kylie on Stage, an exhibition celebrating magical moments from Kylie Minogue’s highly successful concert tours, will open at Geelong Gallery on Sunday December 10 as part of the exhibition’s regional tour.

The world premiere exhibition gives audiences an insight into the stage craft of Minogue and her many collaborators including lauded international designers: Dolce & Gabbana, John Galliano, Julien Macdonald, Karl Lagerfeld and Jean Paul Gaultier, as well as local designers including Peter Morrissey and Mark Burnett.

Tours featured in the exhibition include Disco in Dreams (1989); Enjoy Yourself (1990); Rhythm of Love (1991); Let’s Get to It (1991); Intimate and Live (1998); On A Night Like This (2001); Kylie Fever (2003); Kylie Showgirl (2005); Kylie Homecoming (2006); Kylie X2008 (2008); Kylie Aphrodite les Follies (2011) and Kylie Kiss Me Once (2015).

Geelong Gallery Director & CEO, Jason Smith is genuinely excited to present Kylie on Stage over the popular summer period.

“I’m hoping it brings in a whole lot of people who might not have been into the gallery before and who have been wanting to come and this is a bit of a drawcard exhibition for them,” Smith explains. “This just demonstrates the gallery is expanding its programming and we’re looking at a range of different artistic expressions that people might be interested in. Fashions, costumes and textiles are a really important and valid part of design and popular culture and we’re interested in that.”

The exhibition, which has already been seen by over 175,000 visitors at Arts Centre Melbourne is approached chronologically with themed areas that reflect the development of Kylie’s stage persona throughout her career. Kylie on Stage also features a selection of designs, working drawings, photographs and footage that explore the creative process behind each costume and provide rare glimpses into the world backstage.

“I think people love the idea of being up close and as personal as they can get to celebrities artefacts and the fact that these ones belong to Kylie is important,” Smith explains. “The interesting part is this is part of her gift, they are directly from her so I think that it an important generous gesture to the people of Victoria. The real fascination factor though, is that you are up close and personal with the clothes that she wore.

“The art centre have put together a really good show, I’m just looking forward to seeing the whole ensemble,” Smith continues. “It will give people a really complex picture of Kylie, I think that going to be something that’s going to surprise people about how eclectic her tastes are, it’ll be fascinating.

“I have to admit I have been to three concerts in my lifetime, as a younger man and as an older person, and they’re fun,” he smiles. “Maybe I didn’t dance as hard as I did the first time round, but I’ve been to a few so I’ll be seeing some old favourites.”

Kylie on Stage is a free touring exhibition by Arts Centre Melbourne and the Australian Music Vault.

Check it out at the Geelong Gallery from 10 December 2017 to 4 March 2018

Pic Credit: Kylie Minogue, KylieX2008 tour, 2008 Photograph by William Bake Reproduced courtesy of Darenote Ltd.

Written by Talia Rinaldo