Intrigue is in the wrapping

FROM Christo to Marilyn Mason — a new exhibition at Casula Powerhouse explores how artists use wrapping to convey their messages.

Enraptured is made up of three parts: the Art of Costuming, Costumes from Opera Australia; Tony Mott Rock Photos and Christo: John Kaldor Family Collection, each exploring the theme of wrapping in a variety of ways.

Christo was a world renowned artist who covered monuments around the world in fabric, while opera performers and rock stars used their costumes to portray different characters, Powerhouse director Kiersten Fishburn said.

"The pieces from Opera Australia really give you an insight into what it's like to be backstage at the opera and Tony Mott has photographed some of the biggest rock stars of our time," Ms Fishburn said.

Christo and his wife Jeanne-Claude wrapped the coast of Sydney's Little Bay in one million square feet (more than 92,903 square metres) of fabric in 1969.

"He believed that you can draw attention to something by obscuring it," Ms Fishburn said.

"Our collection will include some of his smaller wrapped works and is on loan from the Art Gallery of NSW."

The Opera Australia items include intricate costumes worn on stage as well as props such as fake cannons.

Mott's photo subjects include Chrissie Amphlett, David Bowie, Elton John, Angus Young, Marilyn Manson and others.

Enraptured closes on January 27.

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