01 October 2008

National Museum of Australia

Linda and I visited the NMA last weekend. Fantastic exhibition there by Emily Kame Kngwarreye (1910-1996), one of Australia's preeminent contemporary artists. An inspiration and a revelation. If you have time it's worth checking the link to see the massive Big Yam Dreaming painting, amongst her most celebrated works. There's a new page of my photographic images of the NMA on my website. The architects of this incredible museum were Ashton Raggatt McDougall and Robert Peck von Hartel Trethowan. Emily Kame Kngwarreye's work is already further inspiring my thinking (particularly about the expressive power of line --a metaphor of interconnectedness). Although she was virtually isolated from all other traditions in art (Utopia, Central Australia) her work profoundly resonates to universal themes and rhythms transcending boundaries of culture and time.

National Museum of Australia, photo by Wayne Roberts

4 comments:

Nick said...

That's an amazing photograph, and the others on the website are too. That's got to be a heck of a building, but it takes an eye like your's to come up with spectacular images like this.

David Burge said...

Yes, a great composition Wayne!

Emily Kame Kngwarreye's work is magnificent, universally captivating and beautiful. Being in Canberra you're in a good place to catch some special exhibitions.

WAYNE said...

Thanks Nick - you're right about it being a fantastic building and it's a credit to the architects and townplanners to see this project through. Being there, up close, is simply engrossing... thanks for the kind comments about the images --i hope they do justice to the architecture..cheers ~w

WAYNE said...

Hi David, ..it surely was a treat for Linda and me to just drive about 15-20minutes and go see such a fantastic exhibition (of Emily's) in a world-class museum. Canberra is a city all Aussies can and should be proud of. Having grown up in country NSW and then lived in Sydney for many years i can hopefully say something in favour of Canberra without sounding too parochial?!