The day after my show opened I took a train with a mate to the city. To see Dali, the Ian Potter centre, be immersed in art, lunch and chat.
Delightful and dangerous.
It is difficult to go from a free and inspiring day to cooking and homework.
Especially when the art on offer takes one so thoroughly out of the every day and brings new things to explore. I do find that aspect of parenting difficult. I miss the easy flow that allows ones own mind to come to its own logical uninterrupted conclusions. Having a multiple of conversations going at the same times doesn’t leave much room for ones own thoughts on some days. Which can make a girl cranky even though I would die without them.
But we are, at the end of the day, who we are because of all those little meanderings, and perhaps choice is not really choice at all – just natural chaos at work.
But anyway, back to Dali.
To be honest I was never a huge fan of Dali. The pervasive images that are generally associated with him are not that interesting to me, and while I appreciate how astonishing them must have been at the time, they leave me a little flat.
It was amazing though, to actually be close to his works and see the level of perfection in the strokes. The attention to detail and the gentleness of line. He was a masterful draftsman and a beautiful drawer.
The jewellery is housed in an amazing room padded with red velvet cushions. Sumptuous and moody. I could have happily sat in there for a long time.
And in fact, that was my favourite thing about the exhibition. The way it was structured, with a series of rooms, and experiences and two theatres to watch films. In reaching the end of the ‘maze’ one felt as if a journey had been completed and that was enormously satisfying.
I think he would have approved.
Another great discovery was this:
An installation at the back of the gallery called Five elements: water by Master Tetsunori Kawana.
Breathtaking in its scale and execution. I’ll be taking the kids back to see this one.
And a very good lunch here. I LOVE Melbourne. So much to offer when you step outside your comfort zone.
I think we all need days like this one, it will be making me happy for a long time.
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