(Melbourne, May 2022)
We Love the NGV very much (but not everything In it).
In May, there was a wonderful display of Asian Art (NGV began collecting items in 1862 – no doubt the fruit of the Victorian Gold Rush – and now has over 2000). But first we had to re-visit (being white supremacists) the European galleries:
We liked Chen Yongcai’s Harvest Season prints on paper (c. 1972):
…and these superb Javanese puppets (1960s):
The whole collection on display in May included ceramics, bronze vessels, mirrored and jade objets d’art, funerary designs, as well as some contemporary pieces. The great thing about the NGV is that when it is going through hell (Melbourne suffered the longest lockdown on the planet), it keeps going: now on until October is a range of works by that old rogue, Picasso. And you can sample the fruits of Melbourne, all close by.
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