Guest Post: MONA – Museum of Old and New Art

Imogen Kennard-King is back with an excellent blog post on the weird and wonderful world of MONA, Museum of Old and New Art. Thank you Imogen!

After a long absence, I am back with a blog sharing some observations from a recent visit to MONA, the Museum of Old and New Art, in Hobart, Tasmania. This was my first visit to both Tasmania and MONA. After studying, hearing about and writing about this museum from a distance since its opening in 2011, I was very eager to see it for myself. I was keen to see if the museum would live up to the extraordinary hype that surrounds it. This seemed almost impossible from the varied experiences and opinions I had heard prior to my visit. The central themes of sex and death have meant that the museum has always occupied a controversial space and inevitably drawn disparate and extreme reactions from visitors and commentators. While preparing for my visit I wasn’t sure how long to allow to ensure I saw everything and didn’t feel rushed. I couldn’t find much useful advice online so will share my timings here. Continue reading “Guest Post: MONA – Museum of Old and New Art”

Cartier: The Exhibition

I am so excited to be sharing with you another guest post from the wonderful Imogen Kennard-King. Enjoy reading all about the wonders of the Cartier exhibition currently on show in Canberra!

It’s been a long time between blogs but I’m very happy to be back with another one for Curate Your Own Adventure. This time, I’ll be talking about my recent visit to Canberra to see Cartier: The Exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA). My last visit to the NGA was to see the Versailles exhibition hosted there last year (click here to see my blog on that!). I was interested to note that both of my most recent visits to the NGA were to see exhibitions displaying objects and themes you might not expect from such an institution, e.g. not ‘traditional’ visual arts. On both occasions I visited Canberra from Sydney for the specific purpose of seeing the Gallery’s ‘blockbuster’ exhibition. Continue reading “Cartier: The Exhibition”

Australian Museum: Mammoths

Hello readers! It has been a while but I’m back again with a guest post. I recently took the opportunity to visit the Australian Museum so that I could see the temporary exhibition currently showing, ‘Mammoths – Giants of the Ice Age’. I also wanted to check out the newly renovated Westpac Long Gallery. When I arrived, however, there were signs everywhere stating that the gallery was closed due to some sort of technical problem – but more on that later. Continue reading “Australian Museum: Mammoths”

National Gallery of Victoria: The House of Dior

Hello! I’m back with another guest post for Curate Your Own Adventure. This time I’m discussing The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture exhibition, currently on show at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in Melbourne. This exhibition commemorates the seventieth anniversary of the Dior fashion house, one of the most iconic couture fashion houses in the world. I’m going to try and keep this brief, as most of what I have to say simply constitutes raving about how good the exhibition is and encouraging you to visit it yourself. Continue reading “National Gallery of Victoria: The House of Dior”

Art Gallery of New South Wales: John Olsen

Enjoy reading the following post by Imogen!

Thanks yet again to Bec for sharing her blog space with me. This, even more so than my previous posts, will be entirely biased as I am a huge fan of John Olsen’s work, and was very eager and excited to visit his new retrospective at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW). To me, Olsen’s work is immediately recognizable and quintessentially Australian both in its style, aesthetic, and through the exploration/celebration of the natural environment. This is despite the fact that much of his work was inspired by his time spent in Spain. Continue reading “Art Gallery of New South Wales: John Olsen”

National Gallery of Australia: Versailles

Time for another incredible guest post by Imogen! 

Hello lovely readers! Bec has kindly allowed me contribute another guest post, this time sharing my thoughts and feelings on the ‘Versailles: Treasures from the Palace’ exhibition currently showing at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in Canberra. I visited the exhibition earlier this month, and while I expected it to be very busy and crowded on a Saturday morning, the crowds were very manageable, and we were very grateful to be in the air-conditioned gallery on an incredibly hot day. Continue reading “National Gallery of Australia: Versailles”

Port Macquarie Historical Museum

I am very excited to share with you another guest post from the wonderful Imogen!

Hello again! The lovely Bec has invited me to write another guest post here on Curate Your Own Adventure. I’ve found blogging about my museum and heritage experiences a great opportunity to contemplate what I’ve seen and discuss my thoughts with others.

Earlier in December I visited Port Macquarie (a coastal town 4 hours north of Sydney) with a group of friends for a pre-Christmas getaway. I hadn’t even thought about looking for a museum to visit while I was there, but was excited to happen upon the Port Macquarie Historical Museum on the Saturday morning. I returned with a friend later in the day and we made our way through the exhibition spaces together. On arrival, we were greeted by two very helpful and enthusiastic volunteers. I had quickly checked the museum’s website before visiting, which mentioned that the museum was larger than appears and recommended allowing around an hour for a visit. This was definitely a worthwhile recommendation as the exhibition space was much bigger than it appeared from outside and seemed to go on forever! The museum is housed in an historic building, which has been recognised by the National Trust for its heritage significance, and was the original general store when the town was settled. Continue reading “Port Macquarie Historical Museum”