Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Visit to the National Gallery of Victoria

Yesterday I visited the National Gallery of Victoria as there's a big Ai Weiwei and Andy Warhol exhibition happening at the moment. These two artist are quite well known and have done some interesting pieces of work that stirred quite the controversy. Since I studied both these artist while I was in year ten at school I thought I'd take the opportunity to check it out. I actually vlogged the day as well but thanks to Australian upload speeds, it would take me about 3 days up upload a nine minute video. Such a bummer! Hopefully in the future, I'll incorporate some shorter vlogs into my blog posts!

Anyway, I took a few photos of some of the artworks that stood out to me and thought I'd share them with you. I'm not generally a huge fan of modern art, I love the traditional renaissance and realism era's of art but none the less, I still appreciate the different styles and enjoy learning about why a certain artwork was created. Is it weird to say I respect Ai Weiwei a whole lot more now because of his obsession with cats!

Above is Weiwei's Fountain of Light, a five metre tall chandelier of crystal.

Some of my favourite works for the exhibition was the Forever Bicycles by Weiwei pictured below which is made of over 1500 bicycles to symbolise the freedom to move.

The second picture down is by Andy Warhol. He actually had an entire wall covered in black and white photos but this one stood out to me the most because so many people were taking photos of the wall and it was almost like a mirror image.

The third image down is Weiwei's Blossom all made by fine porcelain which served as a memorial to those who lived in restricted conditions because of their fight for freedom of speech.

Forth is Andy Warhol's portrait of Marilyn Monroe which reminded me of those 'spot the difference in these pictures' puzzles.

Next is Weiwei's Flowers for Freedom which was he's way of protesting his loss for freedom when he was put under house arrest. There was also a bicycle leaning against the wallpaper of flowers which symbolised movement.

Sixth is Warhol's Bird Balloons which was a fun and interactive exhibit with lots of little kids running around punching the balloons.

Lastly, Weiwei's cat wallpaper. I actually wouldn't mind having some wallpaper like that in my room honestly!

All it all, it was a pretty spectacular exhibition. There were lots of people in queue to purchase tickets so apparently it's very popular. The entry was $26.00AUD for a single adult and the exhibition is on until the 24th April I believe so if you happen to be in Melbourne and you're interested in this sort of thing, I would highly recommend you go and see it. If not I hope you enjoyed reading this blog post. I'm still so bummed my video couldn't go live but at least I took photos. Let me know what your favourite style of art is.
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