Uncommon Knowledge: Gabrielle de Vietri: The stolen Picasso and activism in art

Tue 9 Oct 2018

This is a past program.
Main Exhibition Gallery

Gabrielle de Vietri is an Australian-based artist with a concept-driven, socially-engaged collaborative practice. Her work has taken the form of pedagogical systems, community events, interactive public performances, documents, invented languages, fictional historical insertions, lectures and gardens.

For her Uncommon Knowledge lecture, Gabrielle de Vietri will explore the theft of Picasso’s famous Weeping Woman from the National Gallery of Victoria in 1986, by the Australian Cultural Terrorists who demanded better State funding for the arts. Through the frame of this still-unsolved act of dissent, this lecture will explore disobedience as a creative act.

She is co-director (with curator Will Foster) of A Centre for Everything, an on-going pedagogical experiment and curated series of politically-engaged creative events. As well as institutional work, Gabrielle has created significant commissions for CLIMARTE, Public Art Melbourne and ACCA Regional Touring. Her work is held in various collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, University of Melbourne, City of Yarra, State Library of Victoria, City of Melbourne, and private collections.

Please note, doors open from 5:30pm for a 6pm start.

Tickets: $35 includes complimentary cocktail on arrival made by Starward Whisky


ACCA’s 2018 lecture series, Uncommon knowledge: artists on their special interests gives eight artists a microphone and an hour to speak about topics that inspire their art and thinking. Featuring a trans-generational cast of artists, Uncommon Knowledge brings together elements of history, lifestyle, philosophy, sound studies, sexuality, cultural politics and more, to challenge us to think differently about society and the world around us.

Presented by Abercrombie & Kent, these hour-long lectures will be presented monthly on Monday nights at 6pm from April through to November. Each lecture will be accompanied by a unique cocktail created by our partners The Melbourne Gin Company and Starward Whisky.


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