Today seemed to be a cool day for our city. May drove us down to city and parked at the Royal Child hospital where she work.
Every time, I go visit my sisters in Melbourne, there is something new and exciting to explore and to see. The city is full of charming heritage buildings as well as interesting new things to see.
New building - cancer hospital
one of the faculties of the Melbourne University.
sure this building needs no introduction.......
the shot tower
RMIT University gallery.
Oh no what happen... the library has fallen???!!!
"Architectural Fragment" by Petrus Spronk
Next time you are in Melbourne, check whether the State Library is still there.. hahaha
Somewhere over the rainbow.......
......is the beautiful chandelier (a symbol of extravagance) - a 5 metre tall art installation of crystals and light by AiWeiWei who grew up in exile without lights or candles during China's Cultural Revolution.
Before going over to Melbourne, I was excited when I read about the Art Exhibition of Andy Warhol and AiWeiWei at the National Gallery of Victory (NGV). You can goggle about the artist's biography and I just cannot help admiring them for their works (though I am no expert at all). So we made our way down to the city after our breakfast. There are so many exhibits but these were just a few of them and hope you like them as much as I do.
They have never meet each other, but their art shared many similarities including their love for cats!
Aiweiwei's installation of Forever Bicycles 2015 - towering with more than 1500 bicycles used and it makes an awesome entry and anticipation of more as we entered into the exhibition halls. "Forever" is a popular brand of mass-produced bicycles manufactured in China since 1940s.
one of Andy Warhol's self-portraits
He did a series of self-portraits before his death due to complications from a gall bladder surgery.
The bird and the Caonima "that looks like a Llama" (in Chinese character "Grass Mud Horse" used as an expression of discontent)
Andy Warhol's Butterfly Layer Cake.. what an inspiration for all cake-artists!
Aiweiwei's Blossom 2015... thousands of beautiful intricate white porcelain flowers that serves as a memorial to people who live in restricted conditions because of their fight for freedom of speech or human rights in his Flowers for Freedom project. These are crafted by the skilled craftsman from Jingdezhen whose predecessors once produced the highest quality of porcelain for emperors of past.
Here he reassembled the Qing dynasty 3-legged stools into a cluster without nails/screws.
Taking commonly use ordinary objects and elevating them into icons- Pop Art.
breaking our sense of what is ancient and important and
and turning them into new and commonplace.
40 Eyes- Andy Warhol
Andy Warhol- Brillo soap boxes
Both Andy Warhol and Aiweiwei images of Chairman Mao
"these stone feet are the remains of looted Buddhist statues dating from the Northern Wei and Qi dynasties. These fragments are gathered by Aiweiwei and turned into art. "He demonstrate that remembering history is important and that our past is what makes us who we are today".
Both of them love cats......
Aiweiwei has great love for cats in his studio and one of them can open the studio door using the handle believe it or not!
There is one exhibits which I completely overlooked.... Aiweiwei's Circle of Animals (in gold) together with Andy's silkscreen of Skulls which he did months before his death. If you have seen the film by Jackie Chan about the 12 zodiac animal heads you will get an idea of what these animals are like. And according to history, these animals heads were actually part of a water-clock fountain in Yuanmingyuan Palace (Summer Palace) in the Qing dynasty. They were looted from the palace by the foreign troops in the 1860.
You can read more about them in this article: http://theconversation.com/andy-warhol-ai-weiwei-the-american-and-chinese-centuries-meet-in-melbourne-52288