ALEXANDER CALDER: RADICAL INVENTOR - National Gallery Of Victoria
When : Ends Sunday 4th August
Tickets: Adult $22.00, Child (5–15 years) $10.00, Concession $18.00, Family (2 adults + 3 children) $60.00
I'm not sure what I was actually thinking about when my son took this photo on the weekend but I'm pretty sure it was something along the lines of ' ahhhh The NGV happy, HAPPY, HAPPY ( Mugatu style re Zoolander). I'm standing outside the wonderful Alexander Calder exhibition, with one of his amazing mobiles behind me in the window. Calder was an artist and sculptor with a career spanning from the early 1900's the 60's/70's. The exhibition was a beautiful retrospective of his entire career starting with the sweetest little metal sculptures of a dog and a duck which he give to his parents for Xmas when he was 11. As you progress through the exhibition you encounter enchanting 3D paintings, where shapes float away from the background canvas - literally. Hanging by frames, the shapes sway and rotate in the breeze subtly blowing from vents in the ground. More wandering and your view opens out into cavernous white rooms sparsely filled with Calder’s larger, metal sculptures. I felt a little like Charlie in the chocolate factory TV room, with it’s whiteness and my eyes wide open with delight.
The Kids Room
I always love the Kids Room. It is always packed with awesome stuff and the Alexander Calder Workshop for Kids is no exception. Pop out characters to make your own sculptures, videos of cats ( Calder was a cat lover and used them as inspiration in his work) and textas to doodle. Need I say more.
One tip though! Don't leave it till the last week of an exhibition to visit, if you want the exhibition book. I did have a little tear of sadness form in my eye when the gift shop attendant said sorry sold out.