Melbourne Now

Reviews: Visual Arts

Melbourne Now, at the National Gallery of Victoria

I am yet to get to Melbourne to see this. Having read several reviews and talked to people who know people involved, I will join with others in the observation that the new Director for the National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne), Tony Elwood, has hit the ground running.

As Paul Keating would say, Tony is immediately using some of his political capital. He is taking risks. Thank god for that!

It seems Tony has learnt a thing or two from his time in Brisbane and from running the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art. I am not sure that such a concept could work in any other Australian city. Melbourne has an edge on particular design and cultural activities and ways of doing things. I am not saying that all who live and work there in creative areas are any better than their colleagues elsewhere. Melbourne has its fair share of joy riders who contribute not much to the originality of the city’s creative outputs.

The city has an ambience in cultural matters that is very different to the other Australian cities. Some say it is one of the world’s livable cities, others question this.

Full marks to Tony Elwood for seeing the connections and for taking the initiative to collect up all these energies and to make this exhibition happen. Melbourne people would now know that Tony has returned and things are going to be different. Hope he enjoys his Christmas break.

┬áThe people of Melbourne are enjoying the exhibitions about their own visual arts and design. Maybe next year they will concentrate more on becoming on of the world’s sustainable cities. They are way down the list on that score.

It is well overdue that creativity and innovation, and new ideas, and having a good time, and addressing climate change, and being sustainable, and looking after our planet should all become the same sentence. None should be exclusive of the other and all could be part of the one conversation.

some links:

Comments from the Daily Inkling following their visit to the exhibitions.

Broadsheet with a story from behind the scene.

Here’s a link to a review on The Conversation: click here.

A first look at Melbourne Now by Daily Review – the new online magazine.

A media release based report in the Age.

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