Naar Ian Potter Centre (zondag 5 september)

Ian Potter Centre is een museum dat onderdeel is van de National gallery of Victoria. Het is een gratis museum en dan is het lekker om af en toe even binnen te wandelen. Volgens mij was het op deze dag niet zulk mooi weer en hadden we zin in iets cultureels. In het café van het museum hebben we heerlijk theegedronken!


Mari Funaki – Objects

Mari Funaki (1950-2010) was well known as one of Australia’s leading contemporary jewellers and metal-smiths. Working predominantly with gold and blackened mild steel, she was highly regarded for her distinctive geometric jewellery forms and sculptural objects. This exhibition encompasses a range of works dating from the late 1990s to 2010 highlighting Funaki’s brilliant inventiveness with line, mass, volume and space across various sculptural forms and her remarkable consistency of vision throughout her artistic career. Featuring a dynamic installation of blackened mild steel objects and a number of recent large scale sculptures, Mari Funaki: Objects follows the artist’s gradual shift away from wearable or functional objects towards purely sculptural forms.

John Davis – Presence

At the time of his death in 1999, John Davis had established a critically acclaimed reputation as an influential sculptor and installation artist whose practice synthesised material diversity with an idiosyncratic concept of landscape and ecology. Born in Ballarat, Victoria, on 16 September 1936, John Frederick Davis completed an Associate Diploma of Sculpture at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 1966, and from 1967 to 1971 taught Sculpture and 3-D Design at Caulfield Institute of Technology. In 1972 Davis travelled in Europe and America before returning to Australia the following year to take up the position of Lecturer in Sculpture at Prahran College of Advanced Education. In subsequent years Davis was a senior faculty member at the Victorian College of the Arts and continued to travel widely and exhibit regularly in America, Japan and Australia. Davis was awarded a number of prizes, the most important being his winning entry in the 1970 Comalco Invitation Award for sculpture in aluminium. He participated in the inaugural Mildura Sculpture Triennial, and he represented Australia at the Venice Biennale in 1978. Davis was the first artist whose work was profiled, in 1978, in the NGV Survey series.
Davis initially worked in wood and later in fibreglass and aluminium, becoming known for his multiples and for his distinctive formalist style. By 1973, Davis had become increasingly interested in conceptual, process-based and land art practices, and his mature works reflect his sensitivity to elemental forces, the organic world, and his profound connection to the ecological fragility and beauty of landscape. By working closely with the artist’s estate, the exhibition will chart Davis’s development as an artist, with particular focus on his interest in found and fragile organic materials, and the powerful evocation of the landscape that is at the core of his work.
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Contemporary encounters – A selection of works from the Victorian Foundation for Living Australian Artists
The works acquired through the Victorian Foundation for Living Australian Artists demonstrate the creative vigour and profound sensibilities of contemporary artists working in Australia today. Reflecting on the often confounding nature of human existence and the complex cultural, artistic, social and political mores of our times, contemporary artists are at the vanguard of current thought and inquiry. In challenging and compelling ways
Contemporary encounters presents a broad spectrum of artists working in a diverse range of media including painting, sculpture, installation, photography, prints and drawings, video and multimedia. Works collide, repel, fuse and coalesce, revealing each artist’s unique engagement with the prevailing issues of contemporary life and artistic practice. Poetic, experimental, enigmatic, and sometimes ordinary, each work resonates in unexpected ways for contemporary audiences. Drawn entirely from the NGV’s collection, Contemporary encounters presents a stimulating survey of the NGV’s recent acquisitions by artists from across generations and from a broad range of social and cultural backgrounds.

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