2024‘s Must-See Art Exhibitions in Sydney

Discover Sydney’s top art exhibitions in 2024, featuring Banksy, Louise Bourgeois, and ancient Egyptian treasures.

"The Art of Banksy: Without Limits" showcases over 160 works by the elusive street artist at Sydney Town Hall.
Louise Bourgeois's largest Australian exhibition spans seven decades of her career at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
"Ramses & the Gold of the Pharaohs" brings over 180 ancient Egyptian treasures to the Australian Museum.

The Premier Art Exhibitions of Sydney in 2024

Sydney’s art landscape in 2024 is vibrant and diverse, offering a range of exhibitions that cater to various interests—from street art and contemporary installations to historical retrospectives. Here’s your comprehensive guide to the must-visit art exhibitions in Sydney this year.

The Art of Banksy: Without Limits

Opening on January 24, 2024, at Sydney Town Hall, “The Art of Banksy: Without Limits” presents over 160 works from the world’s most elusive street artist. This museum-quality exhibition, curated with pieces from more than 40 international collectors, explores Banksy’s satirical and politically charged art. It includes stenciled images, sculptures, and various drawings and paintings, offering insights into the artist’s critique of contemporary society. The exhibition has sections like the Infinity Room and Dismaland Experience, enriching visitors’ understanding of Banksy’s unique perspective​.

Louise Bourgeois: Emotional Landscapes

The Art Gallery of New South Wales hosts “Louise Bourgeois: Has the Day Invaded the Night or Has the Night Invaded the Day?” until April 28, 2024. This extensive exhibition, the largest of Bourgeois’s work ever seen in Australia, spans seven decades of her career. Over 120 works are on display, including sculptures and installations that delve into human relationships and emotional extremes​.

Contemporary Masters and New Voices

  • Kandinsky at the Art Gallery of New South Wales: Now through March 10, 2024, this exhibition features a comprehensive look at Vasily Kandinsky’s life and work, highlighting his contributions to modernist painting​.
  • Nicholas Mangan: A World Undone at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia: From April 5 to June 30, 2024, explore Mangan’s installations that reflect on ecological and political themes using unconventional materials​​.
  • Tacita Dean at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia: This exhibition, running until March 3, 2024, showcases Dean’s explorations into themes of memory, history, and time through film, drawings, and photographs​.

The 24th Biennale of Sydney: Ten Thousand Suns

The Biennale of Sydney, a major international contemporary art calendar event, returns from March 9 to June 10, 2024, under the theme “Ten Thousand Suns.” Artistic Directors Cosmin Costinaș and Inti Guerrero curate this edition, featuring various artists and installations across Sydney. The Biennale includes a public program with performances, artist talks, and workshops celebrating innovative art from around the globe​.

Sydney Contemporary 2024

Australasia’s leading art fair, Sydney Contemporary, will be held at Carriageworks from September 5-8, 2024. This event combines a diverse collection of contemporary art galleries from the region, featuring large-scale installations, live performances, and engaging panel discussions​.

Ramses & the Gold of the Pharaohs

The Australian Museum presents “Ramses & the Gold of the Pharaohs,” showcasing over 180 ancient Egyptian treasures. Running until May 19, 2024, this immersive experience offers a glimpse into the life of Ramses the Great, featuring artifacts that have never left Egypt before​​.

Sydney’s art exhibitions in 2024 promise an exciting mix of historical retrospectives, contemporary art, and groundbreaking installations. If you’re interested in the mysterious works of Banksy, the emotional depth of Louise Bourgeois, or the ancient wonders of Egypt, Sydney’s art scene has something to offer everyone. Be sure to catch these incredible exhibitions for a deep dive into the art world!

Grace Angelique

An accomplished Art News Journalist with a decade of experience, Grace has passionately covered global art events, exhibitions, and emerging trends. With a keen eye for aesthetics and a pulse on the art world's undercurrents, Grace has crafted compelling narratives that bridge art and its societal impacts. Her work has graced major publications, offering readers a fresh perspective on contemporary art and its evolving landscape.

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