Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality | Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient Landscape

Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality | Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient Landscape, a dual presentation of the terracotta warriors and one of the world’s most exciting contemporary artists Cai Guo-Qiang is now on display until the 13th October 2019 at NGV International.

Thanks to our Photographers Tina Giorgio Photography for attending the media preview and for taking these stunning shots, to find out more about Tina Giorgio Photography, head to their website.

Photo credit: Tina Giorgio Photography @tinagiorgiophotography

Photo credit: Tina Giorgio Photography @tinagiorgiophotography

Exclusive to Melbourne and presenting nearly 170 works, the exhibition will offer a new perspective on Chinese culture, past and present and features 8 life-size Qin Emperor’s terracotta warriors discovered in 1974. 

Photo credit: Tina Giorgio Photography @tinagiorgiophotography

Photo credit: Tina Giorgio Photography @tinagiorgiophotography

Photo credit: Tina Giorgio Photography @tinagiorgiophotography

Photo credit: Tina Giorgio Photography @tinagiorgiophotography

More than 160 exquisite ancient treasures of Chinese historic art and design, drawn by the NGV from leading museums and archaeological sites from across Shaanxi province is also on display. These include priceless gold, jade and bronze artefacts that date from the Western Zhou through to the Han dynasties (1046 BC – 220AD)

Photo credit: Tina Giorgio Photography @tinagiorgiophotography

Photo credit: Tina Giorgio Photography @tinagiorgiophotography

The parallel exhibition of Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient Landscape created especially for this NGV exhibition include the monumental installation of 10,000 suspended porcelain birds. The birds create a three-dimensional impression of a calligraphic drawing of the sacred Mount Li, the site of the ancient tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shihuangvand his warriors. So impressive!

Photo credit: Tina Giorgio Photography @tinagiorgiophotography

Photo credit: Tina Giorgio Photography @tinagiorgiophotography

Photo credit: Tina Giorgio Photography @tinagiorgiophotography

Photo credit: Tina Giorgio Photography @tinagiorgiophotography

Drawing on Cai’s understanding of ancient Chinese culture and his belief that a dialogue with tradition and history can invigorate contemporary art, he has also created a porcelain sculpture of peonies, Transience I (Peony), placed at the centre of a 360-degree gunpowder painting, Transience II (Peony), both of which were created in Melbourne.

Photo credit: Tina Giorgio Photography @tinagiorgiophotography

Photo credit: Tina Giorgio Photography @tinagiorgiophotography

Photo credit: Tina Giorgio Photography @tinagiorgiophotography

Photo credit: Tina Giorgio Photography @tinagiorgiophotography

Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality | Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient Landscape is on now at the NGV International in Melbourne until the 13th October 2019.

Photo credit: Tina Giorgio Photography @tinagiorgiophotography

Photo credit: Tina Giorgio Photography @tinagiorgiophotography

For more information, head to the NGV website.

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.

Alexander Calder: Workshop for Kids - NGV - Melbourne - Review

Kids can get hands-on and creative at the latest kids installation at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) - Alexander Calder: Workshop for Kids. Kate’s little ones enjoyed their time at the NGV last week making cute llamas and virtual sculptures.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Alexander Calder: Workshop for Kids opened 5th April 2019 in conjunction with the artist’s main exhibition Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor. Kids can construct animal sculptures by using custom-designed paper templates and working with intersecting shapes and folding techniques. Kids can also take part in a multimedia game where they can design virtual public artworks across Melbourne.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Alexander Calder was captivated with movement and animals even as a child; at age 11 he gifted his parents with sculptures he had made of a dog and a duck. Taking direction from this fascination, Alexander Calder: Workshop for Kids presents children with the opportunity to construct their own unique creatures.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Just as Calder designed outdoor sculptures on a grand scale, children will also be able to create public artworks in a specially designed multimedia game. Equipped with a virtual toolbox of shapes and colours, children will enrich Melbourne by designing public sculptures at popular Melbourne sites St Kilda Beach, Royal Botanical Gardens or NGV International.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

While Alexander Calder is well known for his suspended mobiles that move, he also made sculptures without moving parts which sat firmly on the ground. His friend Jean Arp created a new game called the sculptures ‘stabiles’ which stood as high as fifteen metres. You can create your own ‘stabile’ and hear some music during your visit which was popular when Calder was busy making art.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Alexander Calder: Workshop for Kids is on from Friday 5th of April to Sunday 4th Aug 2019. Open 10am–5pm daily. Entry to the Kids installation is FREE however the main Alexander Calder exhibition is ticketed.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

For more information on Alexander Calder, head here. For more information on Alexander Calder for Kids, head here

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.

Julian Opie and Julian Opie: Studio for Kids - National Gallery of Victoria - Melbourne - Review

A few weeks ago, Kate and her little ones visited Julian Opie: Studio for Kids at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). They enjoyed Julian’s individual style in both the main exhibition and the kids installation. If you’re in town, do checkout this great artist and have fun in the kids installation.

Julian Opie, one of Britain’s leading contemporary artists has been making portraits since the 1990s. Julian’s bold style sometimes has him reducing people he sees into simple shapes.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

In his main exhibition self titled Julian Opie which is currently at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Julian created a wide range of subjects specifically for the NGV spaces. In the central gallery, more than forty of the artist’s moving image works from 1993 to the present are on display.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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People are a key focus throughout the exhibition and Opie’s most recent works feature portraits and walking figures drawn straight from the streets of Melbourne.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

He also setup a city of skyscrapers which is currently taking over Federation Court from the floor to the glass roof. You will also see carps swimming behind the waterfall facade; some stone sheep grazing in the gardens and a crowd of sculptures of people walking have been placed in the lobby.

Photo credit @melbourneminor

Photo credit @melbourneminor

The Julian Opie: Studio for Kids also at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), presents an interactive exhibition for families, featuring hands-on and digital activities developed by the NGV and the artist. In this studio, Julian Opie invites children (and adults) to create a portrait in a new way. Kids can try constructing a portrait using felt shapes or create a digital self-portrait using only line and colour.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Heads - The felt activity shows how just a few basic elements can come together to make a portrait. Children can also play with shape and colour to create a portrait using colourful felt pieces.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Julian Opie + Me - This digital activity is inspired by Julian’s earliest work and how he used to look at himself in the mirror when he first started to draw portraits. He used to close one eye and carefully trace his reflection using a felt tip pen. Inspired by Julian’s approach, the digital setup guides children step-by-step to create their own colourful portrait in the style of the artist. Finished portraits can be shared on social media for friends and family to enjoy. Kids will also see portraits by Julian Opie around the installation which might inspire them to create their own.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

For more information about Julian Opie, checkout their website. For more information about Julian Opie Studio for Kids, checkout their website.

Busy City Kids were invited at the media preview of Julian Opie and Julian Opie: Studio for Kids for the purpose of a review. Both the main exhibition and kids installation are FREE entry. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel and food were self funded. 

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.

New York! New York! for Kids at the NGV - Melbourne - Review

When New York comes to town, you come to town! Head to the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) with the kids from now until October and experience New York! New York! The kids installation coincides with this year's Winter Masterpiece exhibition MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art (our review here) and showcases New York City – home of MoMA - Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Kate and her little fun seekers headed to the media preview yesterday and loved wha the Big Apple had to offer! Thanks Kate for the gorgeous pics xo Catherine. Follow Kate on Instagram at @kateflatman.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

New York! New York! invites children of all ages (and adults) to explore the sights and sounds of the Big Apple - New York! This modern installation comprises of four activity zones and a digital area where kids can take part in a quiz to test their knowledge and teach them about New York City landmarks.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Two of the activity zones - City Blocks invite young children to discover Manhattan’s Uptown and Downtown and build their own miniature 3D versions of the districts using custom-designed wooden toy blocks that feature façades of New York buildings.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

One of the other activity zones is the Marble Run where kids can make a marble speed across the busy city and experience the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

The last activity zone which kids will also love is the City Lights photo booth where you can pose in front of the iconic backdrop of New York’s city skyline.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Kids can also test their knowledge about New York City landmarks in the digital installation Let’s Go to New York City! 

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

The exhibition also includes an immersive large-scale panoramic video projection of the New York City skyline with breakaway moments that highlight urban street life, underground subway networks, and the excitement of Broadway that kids will love watching.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Kids will love New York! New York! - a great kids installation perfect for when you pop into the Melbourne CBD and perfect for the cold and rainy days this winter. 

Our tips:

  • New York! New York! is now showing at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) located at 180 St Kilda Road in Melbourne.
  • The NGV is open daily from 10am to 5pm.
  • Entry is free to New York! New York!
  • New York! New York! is now showing at the NGV until Sunday 7th Oct 2018.
  • The gallery is pram friendly however due to restricted space in the kids installation, you can park your pram in the pram parking bay and coats and drop any bulky belongings at the Cloak Room. 
  • Free city trams are available across the Melbourne CBD however make sure the stops you take are covered by the free program. 
Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

For more information on New York! New York for Kids, head to the New York! website. For more information on MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art, head to the MoMA specific website.

Busy City Kids were invited to the media preview of New York! New York! for the purpose of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel and food were self funded. 

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.

MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art - Melbourne - Review

Why go to MoMA when MoMA comes to us! Every year, the National Gallery of Victoria unveils their Winter Masterpieces exhibition and every year the bar is raised higher. This year's Winter Masterpieces exhibition: MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art is one impressive exhibition and with such collection, I do understand why people would travel to New York to visit MoMA. 

Our dear friends and master photographers Tina and Sebastien over at Tina Giorgio Photography covered the exhibition for us yesterday. Being massive art fans, they thoroughly enjoyed pieces from the great Salvador Dalí, Frida Kahlo, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol to name a few.

Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

MoMA at NGV comprises of 200 key pieces arranged chronologically into eight thematic sections and traces the development of art and design from late 19th century urban and industrial transformation through to the digital and global present.

Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

Paintings are displayed alongside MoMA’s Architecture and Design collection which comprises of objects, furniture and sculptures and together create a strong visual for the modern era.

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Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

Key pieces from the collection include Frida Kahlo's Self-portrait with cropped hair, Salvador Dalí's The persistence of memory, Giorgio de Chirico's Gare Montparnasse (The Melancholy of Departure) from the 1910's to 1940's. Other pieces from post-Impressionist painters are included from Vincent van Gogh's Portrait of Joseph Roulin, Georges Seurat's Evening, Honfleur and a still life by Paul Cézanne's Apples and oranges (Pommes et oranges) and Henri Matisse's La Japonaise: Woman beside the Water.

Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

The variety provided in this collection will keep you discovering and learning about modern and contemporary art for hours and is perfect for school tours as well as primary school children to see these key pieces.

Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

If you have children or want to explore too, pop into the New York! New York! installation after MoMA at the NGV. Kids will enjoy visual displays, interactive displays, build their own big apple with customised blocks and more. Checkout our review here.

Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

There you have it, your winter art fix is sorted - don't miss MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art which will be showing at the National Gallery of Victoria from today until Sunday 7th of October 2018. Thank you again to Tina Giorgio Photography for these stunning shots.

Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

Our tips:

  • MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art is now showing at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) located at 180 St Kilda Road in Melbourne.
  • The NGV is open daily from 10am to 5pm.
  • Entry to MoMA at NGV is $28 per adult, Children 5 to 15 years are $10, $65 per family ticket (2 adults & 3 children) and kids under 5 are free.
  • Entry to the New York! New York! kids installation is free.
  • MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art is now showing at the NGV until Sunday 7th Oct 2018.
  • The gallery is pram friendly however due to restricted space, you can park your pram in the pram parking bay near the kids installation and drop any bulky belongings and coats at the Cloak Room. 
  • Free city trams are available across the Melbourne CBD however make sure the stops you take are covered by the free program. 
Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

For more information on MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art, head to the MoMA specific website. For more information on New York! New York for Kids, head to the New York! website.

Busy City Kids were invited to the media preview of MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art for the purpose of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel and food were self funded. 

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.

NGV Triennial - Review - Melbourne

The NGV Triennial has arrived at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). This free and exclusive unprecedented and large-scale exhibition of international art, design and architecture is now on and it's epic! It showcases major works by more than 100 artists and designers from 32 countries across all four levels of NGV International. Thank you Kel from Melbourne Minor for these epic photos!
Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Artist Xu Zhen explores Buddhist aspects of his own cultural heritage and various traditional depictions of the Buddha with a 15.8m long replica of a reclining Buddha sculpture on which he places 3D scanned and cast replicas of classical Greco-Roman, Renaissance and Neoclassical sculptures in order to break down cultural boundaries and promote cross-cultural understanding.

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Your little ones will love We Make Carpets from The Netherlands. In an Australian premiere, Dutch art collective We Make Carpets has created a spectacular exhibition for children and families in which the floors and walls of the children’s gallery will be covered in vividly colourful murals created with household objects, including kitchen sponges, Velcro squares, pegs, pool noodles and coloured rope.

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Visitors are also encouraged to add to the kaleidoscopic patterns by adding objects directly to the walls and floors of the gallery. Something tells me the kids will spend hours there!

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Yayoi Kusama's NEW participatory work invites visitors to completely cover a purpose-built apartment with 3D flowers and flower stickers! We love Yayoi Kusama's obliteration concept and this exhibit is so much fun!

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Shift your perception of space in Pae White’s boundary-pushing installation. Love this colourful installation!

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

teamLab's interactive and immersive installation from this famous Japanese ‘ultratechnologist’ design collective has created a ‘vortex’ using a digital floor which responds as water would to the audience’s presence and movement.

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Ron Mueck’s world-premiere installation, Mass, 2016-17 is one of twenty large-scale new artworks that have been especially commissioned by the NGV for this exhibition. Reminiscent of the catacombs in Paris, the awe-inspiring work by one of Australia’s leading sculptors has been generously supported by the Felton Bequest. The 100 hand-cast skulls, each measure 1.5m and collectively weigh approximately 5 tonnes!

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Alexandra Kehayoglou's monumental 46m2 carpet landscape titled Santa Cruz River impressively documents one of Argentina’s most contested landscapes. Take your shoes off and walk on Alexandra's beautiful landscape and don't forget to look up.

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Don't forget to pop in the NGV Garden and checkout the 2017 NGV Architecture Commission: Entitled Garden Wall by Retallack Thompson and Other Architects. The elegantly-designed structure comprises over 260 white walls clad in transparent woven mesh, which offer visitors the opportunity to rediscover NGV’s Grollo Equiset Garden. How cute is this pic from Melbourne Minor, love it!

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

The NGV Triennial will be on display at NGV International from Friday 15th December 2017 to Sunday 15th April 2018. Entry is FREE.

For more information regarding the NGV Triennial, head to the NGV's dedicated website.

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.

NGV Triennial - December 2017 - Info - Melbourne

OUR REVIEW ON THE BLOG NOW

The inaugural NGV Triennial is coming this December at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). This free and exclusive unprecedented and large-scale exhibition of international art, design and architecture will open on Friday 15th December 2017. It will showcase major works by more than 100 artists and designers from 32 countries across all four levels of NGV International. Yep it's going to be BIG!!

Photo credit: NGV

Photo credit: NGV

Traversing established, mid-career and emerging practitioners at the forefront of their fields, the NGV Triennial artists and designers have been selected for their diversity and dynamism of practice, including those embracing cutting edge technologies, from 3D printing to robotics, as well as performance, film, painting, drawing, installation and fashion design, tapestry and sculpture.

Highlights from the NGV Triennial will be a number of world-premiere NGV-led commissions, including a major new participatory work by Yayoi Kusama (Japan), in which kids and adults will ‘obliterate’ a room with flowers (oh my god yes!). A 15.8m long reclining Buddha sculpture adorned with 3D scanned and cast replicas of classical Greco-Roman sculptures by Xu Zhen (China), creating a meeting of Eastern and Western art traditions; an installation of elaborate, Marie Antoinette-inspired haute couture gowns from Chinese couturier Guo Pei; and a project by ‘smell designer’ Sissel Tolaas (Norway), in which she will recreate the scents of Melbourne. Wow!

Photo credit: hirshhorn - Yayoi Kusama with recent works in Tokyo

Photo credit: hirshhorn - Yayoi Kusama with recent works in Tokyo

Photo credit: @busycitkids - Obliteration Room QAGOMA

Photo credit: @busycitkids - Obliteration Room QAGOMA

We are also very excited that teamLab will premiere a new interactive and fully immersive digital installation inspired by human, digital and spatial relationships and connections, commissioned by the NGV. Expressing these themes through the turbulent lens of the vortex, teamLab will transform a large gallery space into an enveloping environment of swirling illumination that responds as water would to human presence and movement. Sounds amazing!

Photo credit: NGV - teamLab

Photo credit: NGV - teamLab

Reko Rennie’s commanding works exploring his Aboriginal identity through contemporary interdisciplinary media including painting, aerosol, collage and installation will also be on display at the NGV Triennial. We love him! Rennie will undertake two new large-scale site-specific works that intervene within the urban and architectural landscape of Melbourne; one at the famous flower clock on St Kilda road using his signature patterning expressed as landscape and the other in the interior of the NGV International. Wow!

Photo credit: City of Sydney - Reko Rennie - Always was always will be

Photo credit: City of Sydney - Reko Rennie - Always was always will be

Brothers Fernando and Humberto Campana will exhibit Victoria Amazonica 2017 in collaboration with Yarrenyty Arltere Artists, the Centre for Appropriate Technology and Alice Springs based designer Elliat Rich. Drawing upon shared motifs from across cultures and geographies referencing waterways, the collaboration will present a vividly colorful upholstered dome, a meeting point and resting place to welcome visitors to the NGV Triennial. 

Photo credit: NGV - Estudio Campana - Dome

Photo credit: NGV - Estudio Campana - Dome

Presenting a snapshot of international contemporary art and design, the NGV Triennial will give voice to some of the pressing issues that are being explored by artists and designers today, including the social, cultural, scientific and physiological questions of our contemporary world.

Tony Ellwood, Director from the NGV said, ‘We believe that the ambition, depth and diversity of the artists and designers in the inaugural NGV Triennial will ensure our audience has a truly unforgettable cultural experience. This exhibition offers an unprecedented opportunity to build the NGV’s collection of contemporary art and design, and we hope the NGV Triennial will become a critical and ongoing asset for Victoria.’

The NGV Triennial will be on display at NGV International from Friday 15th December 2017 to Sunday 15th April 2018. Entry is FREE.

For more information regarding the NGV Triennial, head to the NGV's dedicated website.

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.

The Pool: Architecture, Culture and Identity at the NGV Australia - Melbourne

Just when you thought the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) was cool enough, comes The Pool!

An 11 metre long pool celebrating and exploring one of Australia’s greatest cultural symbols. With a multi-sensory installation of water, light, scent and sound, The Pool is an interactive space, complete with wooden decking and pool lounge chairs revealing the connection between landscape, culture and architecture through a singular architectural form.

Photo credit: NGV

Photo credit: NGV

We love it and so did Kel and Rav from Melbourne Minor when they headed there last week for a preview opening. How cool does Rav look! Definitely the perfect look for the pool this summer!
Photo credit: NGV

Photo credit: NGV

Tony Ellwood, Director at the NGV, said ‘Whether natural or manmade, inland or coastal, pools are undeniably linked to the Australian lifestyle and our national psyche. We encourage visitors to dangle their feet in the water or relax poolside as they reflect on the idea of the pool as a place of cultural exchange, socialising, competition and reminiscence.’

Photo credit: NGV

Photo credit: NGV

The installation also includes a series of eight ‘lanes’ that present audio excerpts from eight prominent Australian figures who share their personal stories to further reveal the relationship between the pool, its architecture and Australian cultural identity. 

Olympic gold medal winning swimmers Ian Thorpe and Shane Gould; environmentalist and 2007 Australian of the Year Tim Flannery; fashion designers Romance Was Born; writer of best-selling book The Slap Christos Tsiolkas; winner of the 2012 Miles Franklin Prize Anna Funder; Indigenous art curator Hetti Perkins and Australian rock musician Paul Kelly will be featured.

Photo credit: NGV

Photo credit: NGV

The Pool was co-curated by Isabelle Toland, Amelia Holliday and Michelle Tabet and was originally commissioned for the Venice Architecture Biennale by the Australian Institute of Architects where it received more than than 100,000 visitors.

Photo credit: NGV

Photo credit: NGV

The Pool is on at the NGV Australia, Federation Square on Ground Level in the Design Studio daily 10am to 5pm until the 18th of February 2018. Free entry.

For more information about The Pool: Architecture, Culture and Identity exhibition, checkout the NGV's website.

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Van Gogh and the Seasons: An Art Book for Kids

Having grown up in France, I was often at the Musée d'Orsay with my father or with my primary school class admiring famous paintings from my favourite impressionists Monet, Renoir, Degas, Sisley and impressionists Toulouse-Lautrec and Vincent Van Gogh of course.

Image credit - our photographers: Tina Giorgio Photography

Image credit - our photographers: Tina Giorgio Photography

While I have seen my fair share of Van Gogh paintings in my life, Van Gogh and the Seasons at the National Gallery of Victoria is a bespoke exhibition which takes visitors through the year's four seasons. 

Image credit - our photographers: Tina Giorgio Photography

Image credit - our photographers: Tina Giorgio Photography

Visitors are invited to understand Van Gogh's affection for each season and how those reflected his feelings through nearly 50 paintings and drawings. 

Image credit - our photographers: Tina Giorgio Photography

Image credit - our photographers: Tina Giorgio Photography

Due to its popularity, Van Gogh and the Seasons might have a large number of visitors at times however the space is designed to provide an easy flow throughout. The exhibition has now been extended until Wednesday 12th of July due to popular demand.

From now until Saturday 8th of July the exhibition will be open weekdays from 9am to 5pm and weekends from 8am to 5pm. There will be a special 24-hour opening of the exhibition from Saturday 8th of July 10pm to Sunday 9th of July 10pm. And for its final three days it will be open from 8am until 11pm. Book your tickets online to avoid the queues and enjoy!

Image credit - our photographers: Tina Giorgio Photography

Image credit - our photographers: Tina Giorgio Photography

To accompany the exhibition, the National Gallery of Victoria designed Van Gogh and the Seasons - An Art Book for Kids for little artists to understand the exhibition in a cute and colourful way. The book is guided by a little field mouse named Theo and like the exhibition, it explores the four seasons of nature through Van Gogh's vision. 

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The book is beautifully illustrated and kindly introduces little readers to Van Gogh, his family history, his birth town and how he came to love nature so much. It also takes a closer look at some of Van Gogh and the Seasons exhibition's paintings and explains what Van Gogh was thinking when he painted them.

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We love the beautiful illustrations for each season and how it shows the readers the season's affect on nature and animals. We also love the little Van Gogh quotes throughout.

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The book also has facts and quizzes on primary and secondary colours, Van Gogh's favourite colour blue, how snow is made, the history behind potatoes in Europe, how to make a paper snowflake, how flowers grow, still life painting and much more. 

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Spring and summer are by far our favourite seasons. This book shows beautiful cherry blossoms, golden fields of wheat, harvest time and the French countryside. It also has a detailed the list of works at the end of the book. What's you and your child's favourite season?

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Van Gogh and the Seasons - An Art Book for Kids is available online via the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)'s website or at the NGV's store.
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To celebrate Van Gogh and the Seasons, we are giving away a family pass to attend the exhibition (admits 2 x adults and 3 x children valued at $65) and a copy of Van Gogh and the Seasons: An Art Book for Kids valued at $19.95. To enter, follow the instructions in the giveaway box below. Entries close Wednesday 21st June 2017. Good Luck! Winner will be drawn at random. Giveaway opened to Victoria residents only.

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Fiona Hall: Uneasy Seasons at the NGV Melbourne

‘Fiona Hall: Uneasy Seasons is a captivating and imaginative response to the environment and changing seasons through the lens of one of Australia’s most brilliant artistic minds.' Tony Ellwood, NGV, Director. 

Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

Kate and her little ones attended the launch of Fiona Hall: Uneasy Seasons at the NGV International recently and loved exploring the space and participating in the craft activities. 

Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

The exhibition features two large scale tree houses - one for young visitors and the other for teenagers. Visitors are invited to explore the two spaces and participate in art making activities and how they feel about the natural world.

Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

The first space WHO LIVES HERE? offers a brightly lit tree house nestled amongst warm hued wallpaper signalling new beginnings. Taking cues from the springtime atmosphere, children are invited to make creatures using a range of collage materials that reference different animal and habitat textures.

Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

Children can choose to make a small creature, such as a tiny insect, spider, earthworm, snail or crab; or perhaps a bigger creature, such as a fish, frog, lizard, bird or furry animal. Over the exhibition period numerous species, brought to life by children, will make this space their new home. Visitors are then invited to display their artwork, populating the tree-house with an array of colourful and imaginative creatures.

Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

The second space SEND A MESSAGE however was created specifically for teenagers and presents a darkened tree-house in a night-time environment, reflecting a wintery atmosphere.

In this shadowy space, encased in Fiona Hall’s hand painted wallpaper depicting imagery of skulls and blood red blossoms, teens are invited to create their very own paper ‘emoji’ symbol responding to an environmental, social, or political issue.

Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

Teens are encouraged to decorate the tree-house roof with their hand-crafted emoji sending their message to other visitors. 

Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

Fiona Hall: Uneasy Seasons is on at the NGV International until Sunday 8th October at ground level and is completely FREE. For more information, head to the NGV's dedicate website.

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2017 NGV Kids Summer Festival - Melbourne

The 2017 NGV Kids Summer Festival will celebrate four-legged friends and the magic of storytelling, drawing inspiration from the NGV’s dynamic suite of summer exhibitions including summer blockbusters Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists and David Hockney: Current during 11 days of free holiday fun!

FREE creative activities and events during the NGV Kids Summer Festival will include:

  • masquerade mask-making workshops
  • a dachshund fashion show
  • magician performances and
  • drop-in children’s yoga session
Photo provided by the NGV

Photo provided by the NGV

Director of the NGV Tony Ellwood noted that this popular Kids Summer Festival had over 22,000 children attend last year's 2016 event. The festival makes art accessible to visitors of all ages, presenting a dynamic program for younger audiences to connect with art and art making activities.

To celebrate David Hockney and Viktor & Rolf’s shared love of dogs, children can create dog inspired paper creations with artist group Soft Stories, try their hand at designing vibrant and colourful three dimensional paper dogs with illustrator Alice Oehr, and display and photograph their doggie creations at the ‘dog park’ in the Great Hall. 

Photo provided by the NGV

Photo provided by the NGV

On Australia Day, canines will take centre stage for ‘Doggy Day’, with a parade of dashing dachshunds strutting through the Great Hall. ‘Doggy Day’ festivities will also include art making workshops, as well as performances by Luke the Magician, a member of the new magic sensation Gentlemen of Deceit as seen on TV’s Australia’s Got Talent. 

Photo provided by the NGV

Photo provided by the NGV

At NGV International, visitors will be inspired to invent their own adventures and illustrate a magical story with artist Penny Min Ferguson, the creative illustrator behind the design label Min Pin, and use Viktor&Rolf’s design codes to create whimsical and wearable masquerade masks with Kitiya Palaskas, a designer known for her pop-craft aesthetic. 

Visitors can further explore Viktor&Rolf’s design elements in the free children’s exhibition Atelier: Viktor&Rolf for Kids, drawing inspiration from the designers’ elaborate and avant-garde creations and making bespoke paper accessories to take home. See our review here.

Photo by our photographer Tina Giorgio Photography

Photo by our photographer Tina Giorgio Photography

In the NGV Garden, children of all skill levels can join in drop-by dance sessions with Yellow Dance Spot, and draw inspiration from the shapes and movements of the flowers seen in Lee Mingwei: The Moving Garden with children’s yoga classes run by Yoga Sparks.

Photo provided by the NGV

Photo provided by the NGV

At NGV Australia at Fed Square, children can explore the exhibition Bruce Armstrong: An Anthology of Strange Creatures and partake in a hands on modelling and drawing workshop with the artist and sculptor himself, Bruce Armstrong.

Further activities at NGV Australia will invite visitors to explore the power of painting by creating colourful portraits of themselves inspired by their favourite artworks with artist Justin Hinder, and tackle a series of lively, quick and colourful painting challenges and games with contemporary painter Esther Olsson. 

Photo provided by the NGV

Photo provided by the NGV

Activities and events will take place at the NGV International and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia in Fed Square from Monday 16th to Australia Day Thursday 26th of January 2017 between 10am and 3pm daily. 

For more information and a full events' listing of the activities and events taking place at both sites during the NGV Kids Summer Festival, head to their website.

Viktor & Rolf: Fashion Artists - A Drawing Book for Kids

Last month, we visited the beautiful Viktor & Rolf: Fashion Artists and Atelier: Viktor & Rolf for Kids installations at the National Gallery of Victoria. The Atelier: Viktor & Rolf for Kids installation is a beautiful space that lets children be curious and foster their understanding and love of working in a fashion atelier. For our review of the installations, head here.

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Viktor and Rolf met in 1993, the second week into their fashion studies and have been inseparable since. Their love for opulent and rebellious fashion carved a niche for them in the fashion industry. Their second love is their dachshund dog, Little Swan. 

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To coincide with the exhibition and kids' installation, the NGV published Viktor & Rolf: Fashion Artists - A Drawing Book for Kids. This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of Viktor & Rolf and Little Swan. 

Little Swan is the star of the book who guides readers and shows them the designers' creative vision and spectacular fashion collections. Kids are also invited to fill the activity book with their own fashion designs, drawings and paintings. 

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There are pages after pages of different settings where children can either follow the instructions or draw freely. It didn't take long for little Miss to take ownership of the activity book and make her mark.

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The book is also filled with fashion pieces from Viktor & Rolf's main exhibition Viktor & Rolf: Fashion Artists.

Little Miss loved the different pages in the book as they presented a new surprise to her every time she would turn the pages and give her a new theme to draw or paint by.

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We loved this activity book and look forward to filling in many more pages in the future and for $17 we highly recommend it for your little budding artists!

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To celebrate, we are giving away ONE copy of Viktor & Rolf: Fashion Artists - A Drawing Book for Kids and ONE Family pass to visit Viktor & Rolf: Fashion Artists to one lucky subscriberSubscribe and write a quick comment below to enter. Entries are now open and close this Friday 2nd of December at 5PM AEST. Winner will be announced on Facebook so please check on the day. If the prize is not redeemed by Monday 5th of December, the giveaway will be redrawn.

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David Hockney: Current at the NGV International

Yesterday, Britain’s greatest living artist David Hockney unveiled his world-premiere exhibition 'David Hockney: Current' at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV).
 

Photo Credit: National Gallery of Victoria

Photo Credit: National Gallery of Victoria

The exhibition features more than 1,200 works from the past decade of his career, including world-premiere new works embracing new technologies, such as the iPad and iPhone. These include arresting self-portraits created on the iPad, stunning landscapes of his native Yorkshire and dramatic scenes of Yosemite National Park, hundreds of which are presented both on screens and as prints – some at almost 4m tall.

Photo Credit: National Gallery of Victoria

Photo Credit: National Gallery of Victoria

Photo Credit: National Gallery of Victoria

Photo Credit: National Gallery of Victoria

Photo Credit: National Gallery of Victoria

Photo Credit: National Gallery of Victoria

The exhibition reveals two world premiere new works including one recently completed video work focusing on his recent iPad drawing practice as well as an immersive room installation, 4 blue stools, a digitally constructed image of Hockney’s Hollywood Hills studio presented as floor-to-ceiling wallpaper with specially-created stools and chairs.

Photo Credit: National Gallery of Victoria

Photo Credit: National Gallery of Victoria

David Hockney: Current also features a 60-metre long portrait hall which houses Hockney’s recent body of painting work titled ‘82 portraits and 1 Still Life’ depicting the artist’s family, friends and notable subjects including Barry Humphries, Frank Gehry, John Baldessari and Hockney’s Sydney-based brother, John Hockney.

Photo Credit: National Gallery of Victoria

Photo Credit: National Gallery of Victoria

We think little budding artists will love exploring David Hockney: Current which uses a great deal of colour throughout and will also enjoy how the artist used iPads and iPhones to showcase his pieces. It can inspire them to draw nature or portraits either on paper or using their iPad. 

Photo Credit: National Gallery of Victoria

Photo Credit: National Gallery of Victoria

David Hockney: Current is now open until Monday 13th of March 2017. For more info and tickets, head to the NGV's dedicated website

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Melbourne Spring and Summer 2016 at the NGV

Head to the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) this Spring and Summer and explore a number of kid friendly exhibitions - most of them free!

National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) - St Kilda Road

  • Viktor & Rolf: Fashion Artists (ticketed) - a beautiful installation featuring 40 of Viktor & Rolf's haute couture pieces. Our review here. Closes 26th Feb 2017.
  • Atelier: Viktor&Rolf for Kids (free) - a beautiful kids installation where kids can create collars, bows and elaborate ruffles and take a video or selfie in special booths. Our review here. Closes 26th Feb 2017.
  • David Hockney: Current (ticketed) - little artists will like this exhibition as it explores a great deal of colour and the use of iPads and iPhones as a medium. Our review here. Closes 13th March 2017.
  • NGV Garden's Neon Pink Car Wash Design (free) - a fun neon pink car wash design with mist and all to explore in the NGV Gardens. Our review here. Closes April 2017.
  • Lee Mingwei: The Moving Garden (free) - an interactive installation near the water wall. Our review here. Closes 29th Jan 2017.
  • Jeppe Hein: Semicircular Space (free) - perfect selfie installation. Our review here. Closes 26th Feb 2017.

NGV Australia - Fed Square

  • John Olsen: The You Beaut Country (ticketed) - a true Australian artist's work with a little section for kids to participate in a John Olsen inspired drawing. Our review here. Closes 12th Feb 2017.
  • Bruce Armstrong: An Anthology of Strange Creatures (free) - fun sculptures the kids will like. Closes 29th Jan 2017.
  • Sally Gabori: Land of All (free) - a colourful exhibition worth showing the kids. Our review here. Closes 29th Jan 2017.
For more info, head to their website.

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Sally Gabori: Land of All at the NGV Australia - Fed Square

Sally Gabori: Land of All is a colourful and meaningful installation which I believe would be great for little ones to see. It is also a great way to inspire their colour palette.

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This retrospective survey and celebration of the life and work of Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori c.1924–2015 features over thirty works on loan from Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane.

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Gabori was a contemporary artist of considerable sophistication and dare and a distinguished senior Kaiadilt woman artist from Bentinck Island in the Queensland’s Gulf of Carpentaria. 

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Her indefatigable zeal to communicate her stories, knowledge, and experiences accumulated over an incredible life — spanning over 90 years — won her great admiration and has left an astonishing cultural legacy.

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The exhibition Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori: Dulka Warngiid – Land of All traces the stylistic trajectory of Gabori’s oeuvre, encompassing her earliest small-scale canvases of 2005, iconic large-scale collaborative works with other Kaiadilt women, her singular monumental canvases of daring colour juxtapositions, through to her almost monochromatic paintings and works on bark produced at the end of her career.

Sally Gabori: Land of All is on now at the NGV Australia at Fed Square until the 29th of Jan 2017. Level 3. Free entry.

*Images by Busy City Kids - Media Info by the NGV*

For more info, head to the NGV's dedicated website.

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Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists and Atelier: Viktor&Rolf for Kids - Review

Yesterday, we were honoured to attend the media preview of Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists and Atelier: Viktor&Rolf for Kids at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in Melbourne. The NGV and its team never ceases to amaze me how a simple building and its art installations can bring such beauty and inspiration to visitors. Every time I enter the NGV, I am filled with the same emotions. Thank you to Tina Giorgio photography, our photographers on the day for capturing the beauty that is the NGV and the Viktor&Rolf installations.

Photo credit: Our photographer Tina Giorgio Photography

Photo credit: Our photographer Tina Giorgio Photography

Viktor and Rolf met in 1993, the second week into their fashion studies and have been inseparable since. The duo work in sync and complement each other so well in their rebellious yet stunning wearable art fashion, catwalk pieces, perfume and ready-to-wear fashion. 

Photo credit: Our photographer Tina Giorgio Photography

Photo credit: Our photographer Tina Giorgio Photography

Throughout the interview by guest curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot, you couldn't help but feel connected to this humble duo. They were so modest in their discussions about their career and inspirations and how some collections reflected their thoughts at the time of the designs.

Photo credit: Our photographer Tina Giorgio Photography

Photo credit: Our photographer Tina Giorgio Photography

When asked if they had a few words of encouragement for the next generation of fashion artists, Viktor & Rolf suggested fashion students should try to be true to themselves, be different and do something that no one else has done. Some simple words that can somewhat be hard to follow given current fashion trends and especially in the social media world we live in today but their success is a true testament to their individual yet somewhat often described extravagant style.

Photo credit: Our photographer Tina Giorgio Photography

Photo credit: Our photographer Tina Giorgio Photography

The Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists exhibition features over 40 haute couture pieces from the designers’ collections, presented alongside earlier designs from the Viktor & Rolf archive and international museum collections. The exhibition also features 21 exquisite dolls with each doll symbolising a collection.

Photo credit: Our photographer Tina Giorgio Photography

Photo credit: Our photographer Tina Giorgio Photography

We loved the main room filled with stunning pieces and decorated with a unique wallpaper filled with sketches from the pair. The exhibition is a kid friendly space and I encourage parents to visit it with their little ones. The first room is dark and has quiet music that may not appeal to some, the second room is filled with colourful pieces whereas the third room with catwalk videos and a quirky surprise at the end. Sure little hands should stay off the garments but it is nonetheless a fantastic exhibition for kids to enjoy.

Photo credit: Our photographer Tina Giorgio Photography

Photo credit: Our photographer Tina Giorgio Photography

With every new NGV major exhibition comes an amazing kids installation. Atelier: Viktor&Rolf for Kids is just that! Just like a true fashion artist, children have their own beautifully style crisp white and contrasting black atelier setup around the stunning wedding dress of the royal Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau designed by Viktor&Rolf in 2004. This beautiful dress is an inspirational piece in this room filled with creative vibes.

Photo credit: Our photographer Tina Giorgio Photography

Photo credit: Our photographer Tina Giorgio Photography

The stunning dress bares 200 hand-sewn bows and is currently on loan to the NGV during the exhibition.

    Photo credit: Our photographer Tina Giorgio Photography

 

Photo credit: Our photographer Tina Giorgio Photography

Children are invited to use a variety of materials including strands of raffia and white crepe paper in hands-on activities inspired by Viktor & Rolf's design codes which include collars, bows and elaborate ruffles. 

Photo credit: Our photographer Tina Giorgio Photography

Photo credit: Our photographer Tina Giorgio Photography

Photo credit: Our photographer Tina Giorgio Photography

Photo credit: Our photographer Tina Giorgio Photography

Kids are then invited to strike a pose in three black and white themed diorama rooms which reflect the motifs of Viktor and Rolf's works. A harlequin-themed space featuring contrasting elements and shapes, a room which reflects the designer’s fascination with flowers and a fairytale forest backdrop that pays homage to Viktor & Rolf’s love of fantasy.

Photo credit: Our photographer Tina Giorgio Photography

Photo credit: Our photographer Tina Giorgio Photography

This free installation is heaven for little fashionistas boys included! We love it!

Photo credit: Our photographer Tina Giorgio Photography

Photo credit: Our photographer Tina Giorgio Photography

A cute activity drawing book Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists, A Drawing Book for Kids was also created to coincide with this beautifully styled kids installation. Readers are guided by Viktor & Rolf’s pet dachshund, Little Swan, and learn about the designers’ creative vision and spectacular fashion collections and can create their own creative fashion designs and illustrations using the book.

Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists and Atelier: Viktor&Rolf for Kids are now open to the public at the National Gallery of Victoria on St Kilda Road until the 26th of February 2017. For tickets or more information, head to the NGV's dedicated website.

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2016 NGV Architecture Commission - M@ STUDIO Architects

Today the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) unveiled a neon pink car wash structure in the NGV International Garden for the 2016 NGV Architecture Commission by Melbourne based M@ STUDIO Architects. Kel and Rav from Melbourne Minor attended the media preview and kindly shared these pics with us.
Photo taken by Kel from @melbourneminor

Photo taken by Kel from @melbourneminor

The structure was inspired by a car wash in Blackburn and prompts visitors to rethink the design of the city centres where a car wash, petrol station and retail outlets are part of our day to day.

Photo taken by Kel from @melbourneminor

Photo taken by Kel from @melbourneminor

The car wash is 23 metre long and features five lanes of bright pink astroturf, waves, road markings, mist wand walls all topped with a sleek mirrored car wash sign.

Photo taken by Kel from @melbourneminor

Photo taken by Kel from @melbourneminor

The structure will play host to events, live music, talks, performances and more over spring and summer as well as provide visitors a place to gather, play and daydream. Bring the little ones for a wonder around the gallery and garden, plan a picnic and make sure they bring their toy cars for a car wash and walk amongst the water mist for that car wash feeling.

Photo taken by Kel from @melbourneminor

Photo taken by Kel from @melbourneminor

M@ STUDIO Architects' car wash will be on display in the NGV Garden at the NGV International on St Kilda Road from tomorrow Friday 14th of October 2016 until April 2017 10am to 5pm daily and Free. Thank you Kel from Melbourne Minor for the awesome pics!!

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Lee Mingwei - The Moving Garden - NGV International

Tens of thousands of flowers will be gifted between strangers when Taiwanese-American artist Lee Mingwei invites strangers to his participation piece this summer. The NGV presents his acclaimed piece The Moving Garden 2009-present, an artwork that will create new and unexpected encounters in the city. 

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Lee’s artwork is highly participatory, and invites audiences into one-on-one interactions, such as bringing in an item to be mended by the artist in The Mending Project as well as more open-ended works such as The Moving Garden. Lee says of the work: ‘In this project I present a space with beautiful, fresh flowers.

Visitors are invited to take one of these flowers with them when they leave the gallery, if they will agree to do two things: first, to make a detour from their intended route when leaving the museum for their next destination; second, along this detour, to give the flower to a stranger who they feel would benefit from this unexpected act of generosity.’ 

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Lee received an MFA from Yale University in 1997, and has recently held solo exhibitions at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, and Mori Art Museum. Melbourne florist Flowers Vasette will partner with the NGV and provide 1,00 fresh flowers for each of the 106 days of the exhibition totalling 106,000 flowers.

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LEE MINGWEI: THE MOVING GARDEN will be on display from the 15th of October 2016 to the 29th of January 2017 at the NGV International near the Waterwall at Ground Level. More info, go to the NGV site here.

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John Olsen: The You Beaut Country

John Olsen: The You Beaut Country opened last week at the NGV Australia in Fed Square. The exhibition is the largest in his seven decade career.

Photo credit: NGV

Photo credit: NGV

Olsen has carved a place in Australian art history and is known for his energetic painting style and evocative landscapes that have captured Australia’s unique terrain and spirit with a distinct visual language.

Photo credit: NGV

Photo credit: NGV

The latest instalment of Olsen’s career-defining landscapes series, The you beaut country that started in 1960 was unveiled and highlights Olsen’s lifelong interest in the natural world and his continued pursuit to capture the Australian identity.

Photo credit: NGV

Photo credit: NGV

The exhibition features his most iconic and arresting works including large-scale paintings of Lake Eyre, the Simpson Desert, Sydney Harbour and his much-loved tree frogs.

Photo credit: NGV

Photo credit: NGV

A major figure in the story of Australian art, Olsen is a highly acclaimed and decorated artist and has been awarded the Order of Australia and the Order of the British Empire for his services to the arts. Among his many prize-winning works, the exhibition includes his Archibald Prize-winning Self-portrait: Janus faced, 2005.

Photo credit: NGV

Photo credit: NGV

John Olsen: The You Beaut Country also reflects Olsen’s varied interests, including Spanish cooking and culture, poetry and journal writing, as well as the diverse use of mediums in his practice, including tapestries, printmaking, ceramics and sculpture. 

Photo credit: NGV

Photo credit: NGV

Kids and families are invited to visit this great Australian exhibition and draw something special on sheets of paper inspired by Olsen’s sketches and drawings.

Photo credit: NGV

Photo credit: NGV

John Olsen: The You Beaut Country is on display at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square from 16th of September 2016 to the 12th of February 2017 and will be shown next at the Art Gallery of New South Wales from the 10th March until the 12th of June 2017. For more info, go to the NGV's dedicated site.
Photo credit: NGV

Photo credit: NGV

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NGV Under 4s Program: Subodh Gupta Review

Since little Miss was born, we have spent many hours at the NGV's galleries observing the art, interacting with kids' installations and playing in the sculpture garden. The NGV takes a proactive approach in including children as part of their exhibitions and programs.

Kate (@kateflatman) checked out the Under 4s program for us. The monthly program introduces children to a current exhibition and invites them to create art in response to the exhibition they have just seen and heard about. Thank you to the NGV for having us and thank you Kate and Arlo for the review and pics!

The next Under 4s program will be on Wednesday 13th of September and is titled 'MICHAEL LIN', head to their website for more info.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Gone are the days of quiet pondering in art galleries. I have fond memories of visiting several of the world’s best galleries - Centre Pompidou (Paris), Tate Modern (London) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City) – hand in hand with the bartender, loosing track of time as we admired and appreciated the magnificent works of art on show.

Nowadays, galleries are no longer places of reverent observation and hushed whispers. With two active toddlers in tow, we are now exploring with the aim to expose the poppets to a variety of experiences and explore new things in a rich and educational environment.

The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), NGV Kids presents a range of specially developed exhibitions, programs and publications for children and families.  Their monthly Under 4s program provides children and their parents or carers an introduction to the gallery and art through sessions that include a hands-on activity and storytime that connects to a work of art from a current NGV exhibition.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Having attended the Under 4s: Siu i Moana program in August, I was very excited to be returning this month with Arlo to explore the Subodh Gupta: Everyday Divine exhibition. This stunning exhibition of works by one of India’s pre-eminent contemporary artists, celebrates the visible traces of everyday life for many Indians. Having grown up in a devout Hindu household, Gupta elevates the objects found in domestic and street life to a position of spiritual worship. 

Entering the small gallery space on the first floor of the NGV International, we are instantly confronted with a great wave-like installation of stainless steel pots, pans and utensils; Hungry God, (2005-06).  “Uh oh, crash”, proclaims Master Arlo as he stops to stare at the cascade of items in front of him. 

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

We make our way towards the back of the gallery to the biggest work, Curry (2006), which takes over a whole wall and is made up of a vast number of kitchen tools.  It is at this piece of work where we meet Natalie who will be hosting our session this morning. Once seated on a cushion, Natalie begins by introducing us to this incredible installation which has five very ordered sets of shelves, with stainless steel utensils and crockery on them.  Natalie asks the children which items they can identify on the shelves and talks to them about the kind of food they may use them for. The little boy in the front row who suggests that we use plates for pancakes is already my favourite class member!   

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

We are then invited to follow Natalie to the Education Studio where the little ones will get to create their own object inspired by the stainless steel works in Gupta’s exhibition. The Eduction Studio is a fun space, brimming with all the right tools to unleash your creative side and home to a feature wall displaying a beautiful horse mural (which Arlo loved).

This morning the studio is set up with one long table down the middle which is filled with an assortment of shiny things, which naturally attracted the little ones attentions straight away!  Each place at the table is set with two pieces of aluminium foil, a silver round template and a small white cake box.  Down the centre of the table is a collection of objects covered with or made from aluminium foil (Arlo goes straight for the item that looks suspiciously like a cocktail shaker, I wonder where he recognises that from?).

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Natalie encourages the children to use the sheets of aluminium foil to create their own object(s) which can then be taken home in the little box. After much exploration with the objects on the table, I offer to help Arlo make a plane (one of his absolute favourite things)) which instantly brings a smile to his face but unfortunately he's much too excited by all the shiny things to help me make it!  I quickly whip up something that resembles a plane and Arlo returns to his chair to decorate the wings and his box with the pretty shimmery markers that Natalie has brought out. 

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

We conclude the session with storytime on the play mat, where a few of the smaller participants have been playing with building blocks.  This morning Natalie reads Not A Box, written by Antoinette Portis.  Written as a celebration of every child’s creative spirit, this sweet picture book captures the wonder of looking at the ordinary and seeing the extraordinary.  A perfect choice to complement today’s session.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

I really love that the Under 4s program allows children and adults to explore the galleries and studio together in an intimate setting to discover all that the National Gallery of Victoria has to offer. It is a program that sparks imagination, creativity and lifelong connections with art and encourages its youngest visitors to make the NGV a part of their lives for many years to come.

The upcoming program will be on Wednesday 13th of September and is titled 'MICHAEL LIN' and is inspired by Taiwanese artist Michael Lin’s new floor painting, 'Federation' where young children are invited to create their own colourful work of art. For more info and to buy tickets head to their site.

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