A couple of weeks ago I snuck out of school with a couple of hundred year 8 Art students and a few teachers and we went to see the Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei exhibition. This is one of the lurks and perks of teaching – every now and then excursion organisers need a few extra bodies for supervising the kidlets, so every so often you can go to the beach for a Geography excursion, or the theatre for Drama, or a gallery for Art. It all adds to the rich tapestry of life.
Close-up of the above. These are all bikes. Stunning.
Even though I’ve never been that into Warhol, it was still a bit of a thrill to see the soup cans.
Evan19 went to the exhibition with some friends and said that he went to see the Warhol stuff, but came home far more impressed with Ai Weiwei. I have to agree.
These were pots a couple of thousand years old that he covered in paint. I have a few issues with this… it seems like RUINING them to me. Evan19 loved it. Just don’t get me started on the video where he deliberately drops a Han dynasty urn. I can’t get over it.
I’m sorry but I can’t see the artistry in this. It ruffles my soul. I came across this interesting article while writing this post that talks about the same thing. Where does art stop and vandalism begin?
The kids LOVED this part of the exhibition. Also Ai Weiwei. You should have seen them sprinting towards it. Even ultra-grown-up 14 year olds love a balloon or thirty.
This was beautiful. A sculpture of porcelain flowers that the NGV commissioned.
Every single flower is unique. Ai Weiwei.
But there’s more whimsical things too:
The last room was a cat/kid room. Both artists were (well… are in Ai Weiwei’s case) massive cat lovers.
There was also a room for kids to play in. Some of our year 8s built a fort.
Really interesting exhibition. This article gives a lot of background, especially about how Lego refused the rights to use their product, and also the bicycle basket project, both part of the exhibition.
I would’ve taken more photos, but it was difficult to take shots when the kids were in the way. They loved it.
Thermomix Recipe: Rye Bread Rolls. When we move in a month or so, I’ve decided I’m going to give up collecting the free bread from the bakery that we’ve been doing for the last 17 years. The commute to Carrum at 5:30 on a weeknight just wouldn’t be wrth the savings. So I’m eying off bread recipes. Evan19 and I are also thinking of doing a sourdough class…. imagine eating sourdough bread every day? Mmmmmm….