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Art Lives on MARS 艺术形态的空间

Andy Dinan

Founder of Melbourne Art Rooms (MARS) & Andy Dinan Art Consulting (ADA)

Melbourne Art Rooms (MARS) & Andy Dinan Art Consulting (ADA) 创始人

After forging her prestigious reputation as one of Australia’s most dynamic PR consultants in the 1990s,  respected art entrepreneur turned culture consultant Andy Dinan seized an opportunity to integrate art into property developments by establishing Andy Dinan Art Consulting (ADA) in 2010 which operates under Melbourne Art Rooms (MARS) – established in 2004. MAR’s 15 years of involvement in the art community allows ADA to conduct quality art projects across all artistic disciplines through its kaleidoscope of local and international artists.

661 Chapel St Art Collection 2018
Sculpture by Matthew Harding, Fabrice Bigot, Jenny Crompton, Daniel Agdag, Simon Finn
Architect: Bird De La Coeur
Opera by Matthew Harding
Sculpture  |  Matthew Harding (1964–2018)
Fabricated  |  Robert Hook
Commissioned  |  Golden Age and the Deague Group
Delivered  |  ADA Consulting, March 2019
Photography  |  Fiona Hamilton, Courtesy ADA Consulting

Andy’s passion for helping others allows her to use MARS to help artists commercialise their work to the public domain. On top of being chosen as one of 100 Women of Influence in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards, Andy has been a foundation board member of the Victorian Arts Centre in Melbourne since 2017 and Chairs the annual Ovation fundraising dinner to be held on stage at Sydney Myer Music Bowl .

EBV Renders
EBV Renders

Located in their purpose-built, state-of-the-art gallery in Windsor, Melbourne; ADA is dedicated to delivering strategies to incorporate public art into residential, commercial and retail developments whilst also creating a sense of “home” for the community. 

Since its inception,  ADA has successfully implemented an extensive number of public art commissions, art projects and pop up events worth over a million dollars across Melbourne for renowned property developer clients including Gamuda Land, Golden Age & the Deague Group, Michael Yates & Co and Piccolo Developments etc. 

Recently, ADA was engaged by the Banco Group and commissioned artist Al Stark to paint a mural on the hoarding which would be erected around the construction site of East Brunswick Village (EBV).

When asked about what inspired his mural, Stark wanted to evoke contemporary cave painting that is alluring to people regardless of its form , colour and rhythm. 

“The mural has landmarked the site and put it in people’s consciousness; eventually, it’s going to be a permanent part of the public art collection at EBV,” said Stark.

The EBV Hoarding mural represents Stage 1 of a 6 stage Public Art Strategy for East Brunswick Village, to be implemented by ADA Consulting over the next two years. 

EBV  – Com Collective I Ceramic collective
EBV – Com Collective I Lucile Sciallano

Sustainability, comfort, creativity and most importantly, community, are the central values in Banco Group’s vision for EBV. The completed village will feature a curated retail hub, restaurant alley, wellness hub and much more, that will be available for both EBV’s residents and the community.

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MARS Gallery- Lars Breuer I To The Happy Few
MARS Gallery- External Neon *

作为1990年代澳大利亚著名且最有活力的公关顾问之一,同时也是备受尊敬的艺术企业家转型为文化顾问,Andy Dinan通过其设立的艺术咨询机构-Andy Dinan Art Consulting (ADA)抓住了艺术融入房产开发的契机。这也是她在2004年所创立的墨尔本艺术空间-Melbourne Art Rooms (MARS)属下运营机构。透过MARS在艺术领域长达15年的参与度,ADA将以本地和国际艺术家组成强力的艺术万花筒,在相关领域开展高质量的艺术项目计划。



MARS Gallery – Hague Paste up I Colossus (after Goya) Facade paste up

自成立以来,ADA已陆续为Gamuda Land、Golden Age & the Deague Group、Michael Yates & Co和Piccolo Developments等知名房产开发商客户在墨尔本各角落成功实施了大量的公共艺术策划委托、艺术项目和快闪活动,价值超过百万澳元。

最近,ADA受到Banco Group委托,并邀请了艺术家Al Stark在围绕East Brunswick Village (EBV)建筑工地的围板上绘制一幅壁画。

而关于这幅壁画的创作灵感,Al Stark表示想要唤起人们对当代洞穴绘画的兴趣,无论它的形式、颜色和节奏,都能吸引人们。“这幅壁画标志着这个地方,也会深植在人们的意识中;最终将成为EBV公共艺术收藏品永久的一部分。 ” Al Stark认为。

EBV围板壁画只是象征了East Brunswick Village公共艺术6大战略的第一阶段,而接下来的内容将由ADA Consulting在未来两年内实践完成。

强调可持续性、舒适、创新,还有中心社区是 Banco Group 对 EBV 愿景的核心价值观。建成后的住宅商业社区以一个精心策划的零售中心、餐馆街、健身中心等特色,将为EBV的居民和社区提供服务。如需更详尽资讯,请浏览 / 或通过 与我们联系。


Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat at the opening reception for Julian Schnabel at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1987 © George Hirose

Text & image(s) courtesy of NGV

In an unprecedented, world premiere exhibition, the National Gallery of Victoria presents the work of two of the most significant and influential artists of the late twentieth century in Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines. Exclusive to Melbourne, the exhibition offers new and fascinating insights into their unique visual languages and reveals, for the first time, the many intersections between their lives, practices and ideas.

Keith Haring (American 1958–90) and Jean-Michel Basquiat (American 1960–88) changed the art world of the 1980s through their idiosyncratic imagery, radical ideas and complex socio-political commentary, creating an indelible legacy that continues to influence contemporary visual and popular culture today. Each artist is acclaimed for his distinctive visual language, employing signs, symbols and words to convey strong social and political messages in unconventional ways.

Keith Haring
Prophets of rage 1988
acrylic on canvas
304.8 x 457.2 cm
The Keith Haring Foundation, New York
© Keith Haring Foundation

The exhibition surveys each artist’s tragically short, yet prolific career through more than 300 artworks, including works created in public spaces, painting, sculpture, objects, works on paper, photographs and more. Crossing Lines provides local and international audiences with a comprehensive insight into each of these influential artists, as well as an understanding of their broader impact, both in the 80s and 90s and continuing today.

Keith Haring
Untitled 1982
Synthetic polymer paint on vinyl tarpaulin with aluminium eyelets
213.5 x 220.0
J W Power Collection, University of Sydney, managed by Museum of Contemporary Art
Purchased 1982
© Keith Haring Foundation

Beginning with examples of both artist’s work from the streets and subway stations of New York City, the exhibition presents works from each artist’s first exhibitions, their collaborations with each other, as well as with the likes of Andy Warhol, Grace Jones and Madonna. It continues by presenting some of their most acclaimed artworks, including pieces featuring Basquiat’s crown and head motifs and Haring’s iconic ‘radiant baby’ and dancing figures.

Jean-Michel Basquiat
Untitled 1982
acrylic and oilstick on wood panel
183.0 x 122.5 cm
Private collection
© Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York

Curated for the NGV by Dr Dieter Buchhart, art historian and curator of recent monographic exhibitions on both Jean-Michel Basquiat (Fondation Louis Vuitton, Barbican art Gallery) and Keith Haring (Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris).

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The Holy Shroud: An Exhibition by Veronica Piraccini

The Shroud of Turin is the most venerated and controversial religious icon in the world. It has been at the centre of a quest for truth since the turn of the 20th century if not longer, its origin the subject of intense debate among historians and scientists. 

The Shroud has also stood as a cardinal model for the representation of Jesus Christ in art for millennia. Most recently as the subject of a series of art works by leading Italian artist Veronica Piraccini, whose work will be exhibited later this year at SpACE@Collins gallery in Melbourne.

What is the Shroud of Turin?

A shroud is a large linen cloth used for wrapping a dead body in preparation for burial. What is called the Shroud of Turin is therefore a particular burial cloth located in the Italian city of Turin that many of the Christian faith believe was used to wrap the body of Jesus of Nazareth after his death by crucifixion. It was brought over from France by the Royal House of Savoy in 1578 and has been housed at Turin’s Cathedral of St John the Baptist ever since. The phenomenal aspect of the Shroud is that it contains a vague image of a crucified man which corresponds exactly to how Jesus was crucified as described in the Gospel According to John of the New Testament Bible.

Why the Controversy?

While many accept the Shroud to be the authentic burial cloth of Jesus dating from 33 AD, the other most common belief is that, based on historical and scientific research, the Shroud of Turin is a forgery made in northern France after 1260 AD. There is scant historical evidence of the Shroud’s existence prior to this date. Many historians contend that it was in the possession of a French Knight, Geoffroi de Charny from 1353, and was put on display in the French town of Lirey in 1356, the same year of de Charny’s death at the battle of Poitiers. 

The controversy began in 1390 when the Bishop of Lirey, Pierre d’Arcis, wrote to Pope Clement VII claiming that an artist had confessed to making a forgery. But this claim has never dissuaded the faithful from believing that the Shroud is the authentic burial cloth of Jesus Christ. Although modern scientific techniques, especially carbon-14 dating, applied to samples of the cloth determined that the age of Shroud falls within dates closely corresponding to its first documented appearance in Lirey in 1353, other scientific analyses have found no artificial pigments, paints, dyes or stains, or even scorch marks, to verify that it is indeed a forgery. 

Regardless of whether is it or isn’t the actual burial cloth of Jesus Christ, and though the image is anatomically correct, suggesting that it is the result of contact with a human corpse, how the image of a naked crucified man was produced on the Shroud remains a mystery.

The Holy Shroud as Iconography

To this day modern science has been unable to dismiss the Shroud as a forgery or proved that it is authentic. Similarly the Vatican has neither officially denied nor claimed the Shroud to be physical proof of the crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. 

But there is another truth that exists in between—the truth of art. In 4th century Rome, Christians were permitted freedom of worship because Constantine the Great, who reigned between 306 and 337 AD, became the first Roman emperor to convert to Christianity. Christians were able to create art that depicted Jesus their Lord and Savior without fear of persecution. 

The remarkable aspect of ancient paintings and other works of art is the uncanny resemblance to the face of the crucified man impressed upon the Shroud. This suggests that the Shroud must have been in existence by about the 4th century. The language of art is often more precise than mathematics and visibly unambiguous, thus over the centuries, from the time of Constantine I right up until today, the Holy Shroud has been a inspiring model for the visual representation of Jesus Christ. 

At the Intersection of Faith, Science and Art

On 28 May 1898, an amateur photographer by the name of Seconda Pia took the first ever photograph of the Shroud of Turin, and when developing the negative discovered to his amazement that it showed a higher resolution image of a man’s face. For Pia this meant the Shroud could not be a painting since artists cannot accurately paint a negative image. His discovery initiated the field of modern sindonology, the formal study of the Shroud of Turin.

The remarkable achievement of the artwork by Veronica Piraccini is that it continues in the same spirit as Pia’s—her work stands at the intersection of faith, science and art. In April 2012, she received a life-size photographic scan of the Shroud of Turin, delivered to her studio in Rome by Capuchin Monks. It was the culmination of a dream come true for this artist, who has always been attracted by the Shroud of Turin in the same way that it has fascinated theologians, historians, scientists and countless other artists throughout the ages.

Piraccini began a series of artworks that would combine ancient and innovative techniques. She set to work on first producing a mirror image of the impression of the crucified man, one that would faithfully reflect the sanctity of the relic. Using pastels on transparent paper, she traced precisely what was on the photographic scan, then reversed the paper and reproduced the image on canvas. This ‘mirroring’ process is similar to a method that goes back to the 6th century, which was applied to religious icons in order to retain the sacredness of the original.

From this was born Piraccini’s finest achievement, From the Imprint Jesus. Back in the 1980s, she discovered new pigments that she calls ‘imperceptible’ — that is, invisible to the naked eye in natural light but are made visible only when a black light (or ultraviolet light) is cast on to the canvas. She applied a blue pigment to highlight the blows and bruises inflicted on the body of ‘Jesus’ and a red pigment to highlight the wounds caused by the crown of thorns on the head, the nails on the hands and feet, and the lance in the side of his body. Thanks to the black light, her life-size painting of a crucified man suddenly takes spectacular form in gorgeous irisdescent colours. 

Piraccini’s works, which have been exhibited in countless galleries across Italy and abroad since 2013, are described as a miracle of art and alchemy, arousing great emotional responses from its viewers and always re-igniting the age-old controversy surrounding the Shroud of Turin.

Nixora Group and the Global Association of International Artists (GAIA) will host a ten-day exhibition titled The Holy Shroud at Melbourne’s prestigious SpACE@Collins gallery from 15 to 24 November 2019. 

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GAIA – Global Association of International Artists is a not-for-profit organisation that supports the international exchange of figurative artists and promotes social cohesion.


千年来,裹尸布在艺术领域作为耶稣基督的模型象征。最近,闻名的意大利艺术家Veronica Piraccini以此创作一系列艺术作品,她的杰作将于今年稍后在墨尔本的SpACE@Collins艺术画廊展出。


尽管许多人认为这块裹尸布是公元33年耶稣的葬布真迹,但另一个最普遍的看法是:根据历史和科学研究查证,都灵裹尸布是公元1260年后法国北部制作的伪造品。在此之前,几乎没有相关裹尸布存在过的历史依据。很多历史学家表示,它是由一位法国骑士Geoffroi de Charny于1353年拥有的,并于1356年在法国的Lirey市展出,同年这位骑士在普瓦捷斯战役中阵亡。

而这场争论始于1390年,当时Lirey的主教Pierre d ‘Arcis写信给教皇Pope Clement VII,声称一位艺术家承认伪造艺术品。不过,这些说法从未制止信徒们对裹尸布是耶稣基督葬礼用布的事实深信不疑。即使透过现代科学技术的鉴定,尤其是将碳-14法测定应用于布料以确定样本的年限,裹尸布对应时间线为1353年,非常切合首次出现在Lirey的文件记录时间。但其他科学分析未有发现人工颜料、油漆、染料或污渍,甚至烧焦痕迹,所以无法验证它是伪造的。





1898年5月28日,一位名叫Seconda Pia的业余摄影师拍摄了都灵裹尸布的第一张照片,当观看底片时,他惊奇地发现显出一张男性轮廓面貌的高分辨率图像。对他而言,这意味着裹尸布不可能是一幅画,因为艺术家无法准确地描绘出底片图像。这项探索触发了现代人类学领域针对都灵裹尸布展开铺天盖地的正式研究。

而艺术家Veronica Piraccini取得了令人瞩目的成就,这是因为继承了Pia的精神-她的艺术作品竖立在信仰,科学和艺术的交汇点上。2012年4月,她接到了真人一般尺寸的都灵裹尸布摄影扫描版,由圣芳济教会修士送到她位于罗马的工作室。对于艺术家来说,这彷如梦寐以求的愿望实践,Piraccini一直被都灵裹尸布所深深吸引,就像其他神学家、历史学家,科学家和无数艺术家一样。




Nixora Group和全球国际艺术家协会(Global Association of International Artists – GAIA) 将于2019年11月15日至24日在墨尔本著名的 SpACE@
Collins画廊举办为期10天的 “神圣裹尸布-The Holy Shroud”展览会。

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