Monday, August 8, 2011

Melbourne 2011 Take 2 - The Art

Mr Curious and I were very lucky to travel to Melbourne for a romantic (i.e. kid-free) getaway to celebrate our 8-year dating anniversary.

It is very hard to go to places like art galleries with TLG, so we took the opportunity to visit a few exhibitions during our visit.

Thanks to Mrs. McAwesome's recommendation we went to Abbotsford Convent and visited the c3 contemporary art space, which featured an interesting mix of artwork. Here are some of my picks.

Jill Herman

John Harris

Aaron Carter

Nik Papas

The idea of presenting photos as postage stamps is such a good one I may just create something like that myself.

We also went to the Vienna Art and Design exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. The NGV is becoming one of my favourite places to visit in Melbourne. Both their permanent and special exhibitions are of excellent quality. I think I can spend days in there!

The Vienna exhibition was really enjoyable. It was an all-emcompassing program, from traditional art forms like painting and sculpture, to architecture, interior designs, decorative art and fashion.

I was fascinated by the rise and fall of the Secession movement. In their works I felt the passion of the artists gathering to create something completely different. With a group of people of such talent and strong individual visions, I guess it was inevitable for internal divisions to bring down the group. To me, the period is like a shooting star - short-lived but burnt brightly while it lasted.

The exhibition did an excellent job of telling the story of an ebullient period of art history. I enjoyed immersing in the world created by these talented artists.

Now, some of my favourite works:

Gustav Klimt - The Beethoven Frieze (1902) - there was a reproduction at the exhibition

Otto Wagner - Lobby of the Postal Savings Bank, Vienna (1906)

Armchair designed by Wagner for the Bank (1904-5)

Josef Horrmann, Postcard No 74 (1907)

Koloman Moser, Then Enchanted Princesses cabinet (1900)

Koloman Moser, plate 27 from Flächen Schmuck series (1901)

Koloman Moser (designer), Wiener Werkstätte (manufacturer) - Flower basket Model no. S 781 (1906)

Art at its best enriches one's soul. I was certainly inspired and rejuvenated by their brilliance :-D


  1. my mum has a klimpt print, she loves it! I like that you started with the art post... looking forward to reading the rest of what you got up to, especially the shopping!

    bf x

  2. derr, just realise i spelt klimt wrong... don't tell my art teacher partner!

  3. I love the Aaron Carter pieces.

    The Abbostford Convent was the 2nd place I was looking at for our wedding!! We settled with Heide though, hoping we can open the gallery up especially for our guests after the wedding before the reception.

  4. @Jadegrrrl - I love the print so much I bought a card from NGV, I don't want to forget what it looks like!

    @ballet flats - the art was such an enjoyable part of my trip I really wanted to share. The other posts will come eventually ... too tired in the last few days because of all the exercises I'm doing.

    @Blithely Unaware - I didn't "feel" all the Carter paintings but a few resonated with me.
    I can see the Convent as a wedding venue easily. The grounds are so lovely. Congrats on your forthcoming nuptials :-D

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