National Gallery of Victoria: Escher X nendo | Between Two Worlds

During a weekend getaway to Melbourne, I made sure to visit the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) to see Escher X nendo | Between Two Worlds. I was quite familiar with the works of Escher having seen examples in optical illusion puzzle books. I was particularly excited to see the work titled Ascending and descending – luckily, it was in the exhibition!

Context

Just for some context, here is a very short summary of the artist Escher and design studio nendo.

M. C. Escher (1898-1972)

A Dutch graphic artist who was inspired by his travels and nature to create iconic prints. His later works were defined by tessellations, optical illusions, and representations of infinity.

nendo

A design studio based in Tokyo founded in 2002 by Oki Sato. The word nendo is Japanese for clay. The studio is focused on simplicity, curiosity and craftsmanship.Read More »

National Gallery of Victoria: MoMA

This morning I braved the exhibition opening day crowds and visited MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art from the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Not the world’s catchiest title, but, exactly describes what you are about to see. Luckily I had planned ahead and pre-purchased my ticket. Otherwise I’d probably still be in the queue waiting! I got into the exhibition space quite quickly and started my journey through the displays. If you are aware of what are called “compliment sandwiches” that’s exactly what I’m about to do next – positive, critical, positive. Let the implementation of a management strategy begin!Read More »

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.Read More »

Medical History Weekend at the Geoffrey Kaye Museum

To kick-start this medical history weekend, I attended a writing medical history masterclass at the Geoffrey Kaye Museum. It was a day filled with reinforcing and refreshing my writing skills as well as learning new techniques. The participants at this workshop were a diverse group ranging from museum professionals to medical practitioners. In saying this, we were all connected by an interest in writing the history of medicine. This sort of collaborative environment is exactly what I think the discipline needs.Read More »

Immigration Museum

I am back in Melbourne for a medical history writing workshop at the Geoffrey Kaye Museum. I’ve arrived a day early purely because my last trip to Melbourne was way too rushed! This afternoon, I went to the Immigration Museum. I have been wanting to visit this museum for years yet it has always slipped my mind when I’ve been in Melbourne. It’s located very centrally – right near Flinders Street Station. The building was originally Old Customs House. Today it’s a fusion of heritage building and museum which I believe definitely added to my experience.

Rather than focusing on the content of the museum, this blog post will be dedicated to exhibition design. There are many stories told in the various exhibitions of the museum. I would argue that they are all powerful and were amazing to read. I would be too overwhelmed talking about them in this space.
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Melbourne Museum: Jurassic World

I have been a dinosaur addict since I was about 10 years old. I remember having my 10th birthday party at the Queensland Museum complete with a dinosaur cake. Fast forward eleven years and there I am celebrating my 21st in the same museum with, yes, another dinosaur cake. I can’t really tell you why they fascinate me so much, but, they do and I am always 110% ready for a new dinosaur exhibition.Read More »