Museum of Brisbane

Mao’s Last Dancer the Exhibition tours to Melbourne

Museum of Brisbane’s Mao’s Last Dancer the exhibition: A Portrait of Li Cunxin will tour to Melbourne opening at the Immigration Museum on 16 June 2018.

Mao’s Last Dancer the exhibition: A Portrait of Li Cunxin, which closed on Sunday 29 April, attracted record summer audiences to Museum of Brisbane. It is also the first exhibition curated by Museum of Brisbane to tour to an interstate venue, as well as being the Museum’s first ticketed show. Museum of Brisbane Director Renai Grace said it was fitting that the exhibition would travel to Melbourne, where Li lived and performed extensively when a Principal Dancer with The Australian Ballet.

“While this current chapter of Li’s life is in Brisbane, the exhibition celebrates his extraordinary international story from his poverty – stricken childhood in China, his dramatic defection to the United States, international fame and making a new home in Australia,” Ms Grace said. “The Melbourne Immigration Museum, which focuses on celebrating cultural diversity and showcasing the inspiring stories of individuals who have ‘beaten the odds to find a place to call home’, approached us to tour the exhibition and we couldn’t be happier.”

Museums Victoria CEO, Lynley Marshall, a great admirer of Li Cunxin and his work, feels a particular connection to the project.

“We are so very excited to announce this stunning exhibition and are honoured to be presenting Li’s story within the fitting walls of Melbourne’s Immigration Museum. It has been our delight to work with the Museum of Brisbane on the touring debut of this world – class exhibition,” Ms Marshall.

Opens June 16 | Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000