I visited the National Gallery of Victoria in January as I do every time I visit Melbourne. Always having a great selection of artworks in its permanent collection which are on display over several floors including the Joseph Brown Collection which I have several favorites. This includes abstracts to landscapes of all mediums, well worth a viewing.
I found the Three Perfections exhibition particular fascinating. Poetry, Calligraphy and Painting in Chinese Art – ‘painting was regarded as ‘silent poetry’ and poetry ‘painting with sound’ – which is quite profound as well as the works being particularly beautiful.
At the Ian Potter Centre next to Federation Square which is also part of the NGV the Melbourne Now exhibition was very interesting and compelling if into contemporary art. A very very large variety of art styles and exhibitions – I found the screening of architect works around Melbourne particularly interesting due to the great design features and buildings that are artworks in their own right.
Although I didn’t visit the main temporary exhibition at the National Gallery I’m sure the Edward Steichen & Art Deco Fashion displays would have taken some time to wander around. There was plenty of activities for children and interactive areas – especially during the school holidays – making the gallery a fun sounding place with plenty of child laughter.