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”

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”

National Museum of Australia

I find it quite difficult to talk about a museum that is meant to represent my identity and nationality. I’m writing this blog sitting in the museum itself – mainly because I’m tired of navigating. I am going to start by talking about what I enjoyed at this museum.

The Eternity gallery was my favourite by far. In here fifty stories about Australian personalities are told through the means of digital technology. The stories are divided into themes such as chance, hope, and joy. Accompanying each theme is a touch screen where you can learn more about the individuals on display and see a short oral history video. It was quite a dark space meaning I couldn’t read all the object labels. Having the technology meant I could at least interact with what was on display to an extent. Personalities included Harold Holt, The Wiggles, and Benita Collings. It was a compact space with everything on display in two large glass cabinets. Continue reading “National Museum of Australia”

Australian War Memorial: New First World War Gallery

The first stop on our weekend away in Canberra was the Australian War Memorial. The last time I was there was 2013, just before the new First World War gallery opened. I had very high expectations for the space. I was especially hoping for the objects to show more of the social history of war. There are, of course, so many amazing stories that deserve to be told and providing an insight into some of them was what I really wanted this exhibition to achieve. Continue reading “Australian War Memorial: New First World War Gallery”