Fries With That

My recent trip to Melbourne saw me going through the Federation Square premises of the National Gallery Of Victoria with some trepidation. Previous visits were enlivened with rooms full of brightly coloured phalluses and vulvas – always a favourite with the art-lovers – and a full-scale fire alarm and evacuation on one visit. Plus some exhibits of real beauty. Fed Square is a grab bag…

This time was no different, though most of the exhibits were delightful. I am not a fussy connoisseur – give me a brightly coloured vulva and a bag of peanuts and I’m happy. So I welcomed these three pieces of comfortable furniture:

Nostalgic diners of the 70’s and 80’s will have them in a minute. They even evoke the remembrance of smell, though they had no odour themselves.

Call me a cynical citizen, but I reckon that these would be major sellers as lounge furniture if one could overcome the copyright laws.

Note that the Sausage McBiscuit is a North American product – probably closely allied to our Australian Sausage McMuffin.

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The Show For Free Is Never Free…

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I would never consider a visit to Melbourne complete without a day spent looking at whatever is on show at the National Gallery Of Victoria – whether it is at the St. Kilda Road building or the Federation Square site. The collections differ, but they are ever-changing and eclectic. I can’t pretend to like it all but I do like some of it.

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Please feel free to hum and haw about these, but the blue pool of constantly circulating water with the ceramic bowls in it is aural as well as visual. They bonk and ding around the basin all day and are ultimately soothing.

The scooters? That’s the Fed Square division of modern art. As is the wonderful chair…

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In the St. Kilda Rd. permanent collections you see more of the older canvases and sculptures. I have still not figured out how they hang them on the wall and how they change the exhibits year from year.

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One word of caution – there are bookshops and cafeterias at each venue and they beckon. Few wallets can resist.