There are an abundance of great museums in Melbourne, this we expected. What we didn’t anticipate was that many of the great ones would have free admission. One of my favorites so far has been the National Gallery of Victoria. And although we seem to always go when the upstairs exhibits are closed, the first floor has plenty to explore. The front of the building greets you with a massive water wall, which hides behind it the central lobby and a life size buck made from heterogeneous glass balls. Somewhat bizarre, it suggests a cross between a horrible disease and Christmas.
Beyond the sickly, festive deer was a really interesting artistic installment that was nothing more than a shallow pool with slowly circulating water, filled with different sized bowls, boring right? Well, that’s what I thought until I sat down and couldn’t tear my eyes or ears away for five minutes. Have a look.
There was also a really unique exhibit where an artist had created images in series that were meant to show time lapse using photos of people with painted graphics in different locations. This was one of my favorites.
The entire first floor was aboriginal art which I must say involved “tons of dots” as we were warned by our housesitting hosts. There was also a very interesting exhibit on the top floor which put the style of the 80s on display. Oh boy.
We learned about famous Australian actors and producers as well as a lot about the technology and how it has evolved over time. We even tested our own talent in a little clip. It’s just a matter of time before the big names in film start calling.
To round out the evening we had a great view of the skyline on our way to dinner, including the spire on top of the Gallery.