Matthew Linde
Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion

Bendigo Art Gallery
17 August – 10 November 2019

By Matthew Linde

I was staying with Mona Bismarck in Capri when the news came. I was downstairs, dressed for dinner, having a drink. Consuelo Crespi telephoned me from Rome, saying it had just come over the radio that Balenciaga had closed his doors forever that afternoon, and that he'd never open them again. Mona didn't come out of her room for three days. I mean, she went into a complete…I mean, it was the en...

Giles Fielke
Tudors to Windsors

Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits

Bendigo Art Gallery 16 March – 14 July 2019

By Giles Fielke

I often return to an odd little sentence in Robert Walser's microscripts, a thought captured that he then jotted down on a scrap of paper sometime before 1956: 'The failure to prize the chance to spend time in a cosmopolitan city highly enough to refrain from giving it up in favour of an upstart one-horse town.' Cosmopolitanism, seen today, is increasingly a crowded nightmare pre-occupie...