Monday, 12 February 2007

the eyes have it

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) has set a new audience record as more than 50,000 visitors passed through its latest major exhibition, Eyes, Lies & Illusions, which closed yesterday.

The popular exhibition explored a pre-cinematic history in which art and entertainment, science and magic, technology and optical trickery are intertwined and featured more than 500 historic objects, books, prints, instruments and optical ephemera.

Tony Sweeney, Director, ACMI said the success of the exhibition is another significant sign that audiences are engaging with ACMI in continually growing numbers.

"Eyes, Lies & Illusions is another success story for ACMI and as only our second paid exhibition, it has attracted over 50,000 visitors since opening in November 2006," Tony said. "It is fantastic that so many Melburnians are experiencing the moving image in all its forms at ACMI and that increasingly, our audiences are growing in number and loyalty".

The exhibition has proved wildly popular attracting 50,565 visitors, almost 20,000 more visitors than the Stanley Kubrick: Inside the mind of a visionary filmmaker exhibition held over the same period last year.

"The audience figures for Eyes Lies & Illusions indicate a growing support for ACMI especially amongst new or first time visitors, and with an exciting program of major exhibitions and film programs planned in 2007, we expect this growth to continue in the future."

Installation work now begins on ACMI's next exhibition, Centre Pompidou Video Art 1965-2005 which opens 22 March 2007.

Drawn from the extensive collection of the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the exhibition will explore the evolution of video art over four decades and the impact video as a medium has had on both contemporary art and our daily lives.

The exhibition features 20 works by 16 renowned video artists from around the globe, including some of the most important artists working in this field - Isaac Julien (UK), Bill Viola (USA), Pierre Huyghe (France), Gary Hill (USA), Valie Export (Austria); Bruce Nauman (USA), and Jean-Luc Godard (France).

Following this, ACMI will join the prestigious Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series with a new exhibition Pixar: 20 Years of Animation opening 28 June, which is expected to attract a large amount of interstate and overseas visitors.

Pixar: 20 Years of Animation will feature over 500 works of original art from Pixar Animation Studios.

The show includes paintings, concept art, sculptures, and an array of digital installations. The works will reveal the intricate, hands-on processes behind Pixar's computer-generated films-including Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, and numerous shorts.

Further information

Claire Butler
Communications Coordinator
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