MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art – The National Gallery of Victoria has done it again, this time bringing to Melbourne a mesmerising exhibition of more that 200 works drawn from New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). It truly is a stunner, tracing the development of art and design over the past 130 years. This is a great opportunity to take a bite of the Big Apple in Melbourne!
You don’t have to be an art buff or even an art lover to love this. Loosely employing eight themes, the exhibition groups together works of nineteenth and twentieth-century artists. Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Edward Hopper, Mark Rothko, Andy Warhol and the list goes on taking you on a journey from the beginning of the 20thcentury to right now.
It’s fun, it’s informative, it touches on the familiar as well as the abstract and it’s even experiential. What more could we want?
When we say there’s something for everyone here we really mean it! It’s diverse and engaging for all ages.
Through a diversity of mediums that are fun and sometimes challenging the exhibition show us new ways of imaging art. A selection of works show the creation of what came to be known as industrial art.
Sculpture and design are linked with paintings and pop art in an ‘intelligent conversation’ that demonstrates a synergy of ideas and thoughts across a whole range of mediums. A sense of movement is brought together with the painting by Giacomo Balla – Swifts: Paths of Movement + Dynamic Sequences 1913 as shown on the left, with the bronze sculpture by Umberto Boccioni that suggests swift movement of air and space. It’s all here to captivate and fascinate.
There’s a focus on the upheavals that shaped Europe in the 1920s and 1930’s and then the advancement of globalisation in the 1960s and 1970s.
Drawings and prints, film, painting, photography and sculpture, are all curated in a ‘conversation of ideas and thoughts’ that have been created over the last 130 years in expressions previously unimagined.
And if that’s not enough, there’s a large-scale interactive installation for kids in the NGV’s Children’s Gallery – New York! New York! for Kids. This section of the exhibition is free and features digital and tactile elements and an activity zone for building miniature 3D streetscapes.
There’s just so much to discover here you’ll want to come back for more. Time to bite into it.
Until 7 October 2018
180 St Kilda Road
Melbourne VIC 3004