A month or so ago we spent a day wandering around the NGV (National Gallery of Victoria), a beautifully modern art gallery in the middle of Melbourne City. I’d be happy to visit the building without any art in it, it’s incredible. As we approached, a wedding party were having their pictures taken in front of the waterfall featured entrance. Actually, it seems like every weekend we see a wedding taking place in front of a striking building in Melbourne.
The NGV has a grand atrium, with a tall stain glassed ceiling. There is concrete, glass and steel everywhere. It reminds me of the Mosley Street Art Gallery in Manchester, which is a lovely old Victorian building with a complimentary modern extension. Glass and stone all over the place. The buildings are very different, but manage to pair old with new, making them visit worthy in their own right, but not thunder stealing. I’d live in that beautiful NGV building.
Anyway, we went to see the artwork too. It didn’t dissapoint. The exhibitions were accompanied by the Alain de Botton Art As Therapy blurbs. I quite enjoyed them. I find it very difficult to appreciate certain pieces of art without some kind of text next to them. I almost always find it enhances my experience. I suppose that says something about me, perhaps that I am utterly unimaginative and need rigid guidance and context. So having the traditional information and then the Art As Therapy description gave me a little history, art and philosophy lesson. Perfect.
Below, some photos.