Saturday, June 13, 2009

A day at the Museum

This is Thang’s last week and I thought we should infuse a little culture into his stay even at this late date. He had not made it to the gallery or the Museum, so we headed off there this morning. The weather is freezing again 9 degrees as we set off. Called in to Kensington en route to see if Jude was at her shop & she was just arriving in her hat with ears?? Couldn’t quite make out what it was. So we had a chat and Thang had a brief browse.
The museum was fairly busy even at 10am and the fee for both was only $8 so not sure what deal was going on. We didn't look at everything but explored the Melbourne History area after the Lin Onus display. We saw his painting of Archie Roach and then heard Archie’s song “Bring the Children home” in the Koorie Exhibit. We especially loved the magpie truck!
There has been change since I was there last and there was a clever visual display of the growth and population growth of Melbourne suburbs over the century; Black Rock appeared in the 1930’s, so it would have been the back blocks to well established Abbottsford. We also listened to the story of Phar Lap, and his death at US hands!
There was a new exhibition about Little Lon, the dangerous area of Melbourne in the early 1900.s There had been an archaeological survey dig done there taking up what had been a big car park before a huge redevelopment (not sure where exactly) It was a fascinating display of poverty and struggle to survive. There were a lot of exhibits of relics found as well as a diary of a nun who worked in what is still Mission for Streets & Lanes.
We also explored the children’s area, which especially impressed Thang.
We then went down to Federation Square to the Ian Potter Gallery of Australian Art.
I did a tour (my version!) of the development of Australian art and pointed out the main artists of the impressionist movement, and took some photos. My favourite McCubbin, LOST, and Margaret Peston's flowers.
As we were leaving there was a poster about the Dali exhibition at the main gallery, and Thang asked who was Dali? One forgets what exposure to Art etc differs culture to culture.

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