TRIENNIAL AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY

Triennial, the most recent show stopping exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria has been running since December, but finishes up next weekend. My diary has been so jam packed lately that I nearly considered giving this one a miss, but at the eleventh hour my friend Emma asked me to go, and thank goodness she did! Triennial was absolutely superb and it would have been a real crying shame to miss out on viewing this marvellous, thought provoking collection.

XU ZHEN Combining replicas of a famous Buddhist statue and Greco-Roman, Renaissance and Neoclassical sculptures, bringing together Eastern and Western cultural heritages to create, in the artists own words, ‘a new form of creative culture’ that he hopes will help bring about understanding and appreciation across cultures.

Emma and I headed into the city bright and early since Triennial is a FREE (yes, you read that correctly!) exhibition and it has quite a few exhibits that draw in all the insta-models. We arrived right on opening time and seamlessly dashed through most of the exhibition quite uninterrupted, only having to queue right at the end for Yayoi Kusama’s Flower Obsession – the most instagrammable part of the exhibition that draws in the most viewers.

Visitors have an opportunity to look at the world and its past, present and future through the eyes of some of the most creative minds working today. Triennial surveys the world of art and design, across cultures, scales, geographies and perspectives – National Gallery of Victoria on Triennial

Triennial showcased the work of over 100 different artists and designers, and what I loved most was the eclectic nature of the exhibits, from film to painting, sculpture, music, fashion design, drawings, and performance. It really felt like a wild adventure as you zigzagged through three levels of galleries seeking out the weird and wonderful Triennial exhibits – some of which were fused with the permanent collection, giving new meaning to the more classic pieces.

Inspired by the complex biological structure of the human skull – which the artist considers beautiful and extraordinary – National Gallery of Victoria on Mass by Ron Mueck

Usually I prefer classical art over than anything too modern or cryptic, so one of the wonderful elements of Triennial was that you still traversed the whole gallery, frequently stopping to say hello to your favourite pieces enroute to the next display. I personally love the red gallery room featuring the International collection of 19th Century art, possibly because it reminds me of Tate Britain, my favourite gallery to visit in London.

These were two of my favourites, Hal and the PixCell-Red Deer.

It was also the most glorious day with blue skies and a gentle breeze. We decided to wander along Southbank afterwards to soak up the last of the warm weather before the cooler days set in for the next six months. The city was buzzing with football fans heading to the MCG for the game, locals eating brunch along the Yarra River, and tourists perusing the markets along St Kilda Road. Melbourne is absolute magic when the sun is shining.

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