Strange as it may seem, I have never been to the State Library before. Decided to go and have a look at the exhibition on there and take in the building as well.
Inspiration by Design, a new exhibition at the State Library of Victoria that showcases 150 objects from the last 150 years, all celebrating beautiful books.
All the objects are from the National Art Library at London's Victoria and Albert Museum, one of the leading museums of art and design.
Book of hours
They range from mediaeval illustrated manuscripts to cool art deco graphics; from a red-painted Indian chief to Moonstrips Empire News, Eduardo Paolozzi's scrapbook of 1950s popular culture fragments; from Picasso cartoons to a spectacular modern leather-bound Bible; from Beatrix Potter to daring David Hockney illustrations.
Mary Quant fashion with Jean Shrimpton
But it is not all about old book but really the development of the book in publishing as well as the work of the Artists .
It was appropriate as there was also an exhibition in the lower gallery about the changing form of the book. "reports of the death of the book have been greatly exaggerated (to paraphrase Mark Twain)
The library dome and the wonderful symmetry of the reading room is legend It was great to see it from many heights!