Canberra, Pt. 2

For this second post about Canberra, the focus is on art. We went to both the Portrait Museum and National Gallery (the latter twice since it was so awesome and I’d run out of battery). In the Portrait Museum there was live music and people were invited to sit and draw, so we did. The National Gallery was so compelling that after we went there on Saturday, we went back on Sunday. It was good, and then it got better. The following is just a sampling of the highlights of both museums. The highest lights? You decide!

More from the Portrait Gallery. Some of these are famous Australians, some prominent citizens, some just folks. Who’s who…?

Photographs, paintings, and even sculptures were included (and I included Charlie and Veronica doing some drawings)…

Next, we turn to the National Gallery of Australia (where we went twice). First, we went to a special exhibit on Fiona Hall, an amazing Australian artist who worked in myriad media, but with consistent, rather particular themes. Here’s an introductory sampling…

More of Fiona Hall. Lots of skulls, Aboriginal motifs, clocks, money, tin cans, “collections,” ceramics, driftwood, mobiles, and the circle pictures are shots in a three dimensional series of drawings (not the same as 2-D photos), and more. An outstanding exhibit…

The first rooms of the National Gallery focus on scenes from Australia. Several were beautiful, textural paintings. Here are just a few…

Australian surrealism, more Australian landscapes, a special exhibit called “Black” (color meaning race, but actually just meaning color), and some compelling portraits…

A first sampling of the great collection of modern art in the National Gallery…

Among this amazing collection are Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollack, Mark Rothko, Roy Lichtenstein, David Hockney, and others (appreciated by Charlie & Veronica)…

And there’s more! Claude Monet, Henri Matisse, Rene Magritte, Willem De Kooning, Mary Cassatt, Frank Lloyd Wright, Georges Seurat, etc…

And there’s more! A collection photographs by Diane Arbus, glass sculptures, and more…

In addition to a great collection of Australian and modern art, there were great examples of Asian art, including several murals, Tiffany glass, etc…

Outside the National Gallery there is a beautiful sculpture garden, including Rodin, Henry Moore, and some delightful sculptures and landscape features…

 

Study Questions:

  1. Research the National Portrait Gallery. Why are portraits important, interesting, or meriting their own museum? Do a self-portrait in words.
  2. Research the National Gallery of Australia. What’s the best stuff, and why? What do other people think, and why? Why is “best stuff” a bad question? Why are art museums some of the most important tourist sites around the world?
  3. Make some art: indoors or outdoors or plans for art. Why is it important?

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