Bohemian Melbourne

Revealing Melbourne’s enduring counter-cultures, Bohemian Melbourne celebrates a who’s who of creative free spirits through their art and the bohemian legacy that has shaped this city.

This free exhibition, in the Keith Murdoch Gallery at the State Library of Victoria, shines a light on Melbourne’s cultural bohemians from 1860 to today, tracing individuals who have pushed against convention in their lives and art, from Marcus Clarke, Albert Tucker and Mirka Mora to Barry Humphries, Vali Myers and Nick Cave.

Venture into history’s backstreets and smoky salons to discover the stories of the daring poets, artists, visionaries, rebels and rock stars who changed Melbourne forever.

Ideal background reading for the exhibition is Dr Tony Moore’s history of Australia’s bohemians, ‘Dancing with Empty Pockets’.

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Guided tours with  curator Clare Williamson require bookings – see