At PICA we recognise that we are situated within the unceded lands of the Whadjuk people of the Noongar Nation. We pay our respects and offer our gratitude to Elders past and present, and to those emerging leaders in the community. We acknowledge all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the importance of their care and continued connection to culture, community and Country.

Always was, always will be.

Our galleries are open today 12–5pm. Our exhibitions are always free.

Portraits of Modern Evil

Portraits of Modern Evil

Dirty green and yellow tram light reflects off the mud and rain of darkened streets in the winter of 1943. As World War II wears on to its bloody climax, Melbourne is invaded by its allies: an army of hard-drinking American soldiers living loudly and lewdly. Albert Tucker’s painterly vision, absorbing the undercurrent of violence around him, takes a unique turn. But painter and city are confronted by a fresh horror: a serial killer, preying on women as they tread the streets at night. Based on the story of Melbourne’s notorious brown-out strangler, Portraits of Modern Evil turns one of the great visionaries of twentieth century Australian art into a protagonist in a surreal and frightening tale.