Tuesday, 6 March 2018

NGV Triennial and Del Kathryn Barton

During the holiday I went into the city to see a couple of art exhibitions

The NGV (National Gallery of Victoria) are currently hosting their summer exhibition which is called NGV Triennial. It is a huge exhibition with paintings, sculpture and installations from artists all over the world. It's almost too much to see in one outing. Luckily it is on until April 15th so there is still plenty of time to re-visit.

The Triennial is free and so the gallery is even busier than usual. I didn't take many photos, I just wandered around from room to room trying to take it all in.

There is a massive sculpture to greet everyone in the foyer.

Eternity-Buddha in Nirvana by Xu Zhen

I think my favourite section was the gorgeous embellished gowns by Guo Pei. For some reason I only took one photo.

Gold Embroidered Gown by Guo Pei

Another popular installation was Mass by Ron Mueck. I had to crop the photo because there were so many people looking at it. It seems a bit gruesome but I found it oddly compelling. I am not sure of his message but I took it to mean that it's how we are all going to end up and so we'd better make use of the time we have.

Mass by Ron Mueck

I am looking forward to going back and seeing the Triennial again. Since I have been to the Triennial I have been reading articles in the Gallery magazine about the different exhibitions and it gives a new appreciation to the displays.

On the same day we also went to the Ian Potter Centre at Federation Square to see an exhibition by Australian female artist Del Kathryn Barton. She is a very well-known Australian artist and relatively young at 45 years old. She has won Australia's largest portrait prize, The Archibald prize twice in 2008 and 2013.

Del Kathryn Barton explores what it is like to be feminine and I must admit that I find her work to be a little confronting at times.
What I did enjoy was the detail in her paintings, it closely resembled embroidery to me. Here are some detail photos of some of her paintings.

It must take her a long time to include so much detail in her paintings. It's unusual these days, I suppose it is one of the things that sets her apart.

We also saw the Helen Maudsley exhibition because we are studying her in Art Quilters this month. I was doing research for my homework. I'll post those photos when I finish my project.

It was probably too much to go to two galleries in one day but we don't go into the city very often and we wanted to make the most of it. Well I did; my husband just follows along and doesn't complain much!

Bye for now,


Robbie said...

Always nice to see a 'show and tell' from an exhibit and I don't have to leave the couch! Thanks for sharing!

Linda Steele said...

Thanks Robbie, I like it when people post exhibition photos as well

jude's page said...

I have just been in Melbourne, and could have gone as we were close to the city, thanks for the "tour" from your perspective.

Linda Steele said...

It looked as if you were busy enough anyway, Jude, it's a fun exhibition though