Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Visit to the National Gallery of Victoria

On Wednesday 18th March 30 members and friends of the Melbourne Chapter of Ikebana International attended a 'floor-talk' at the National Gallery of Victoria given by Wayne Crothers, curator of Asian Art. He took us through the beautiful exhibition of textiles and ceramics in the current, Mingei Exhibition, in the Pauline Gandal Gallery of Japanese Art. One of the objects on display is a large ceramic vessel that you can see by clicking on the following link: Shigaraki storage vessel. Craft work of this kind inspired the artists of the mingei movement to create beautiful handmade work for daily living.

We then went to the temporary exhibition space where Mr Crothers spoke to us about the modern sculpture by Takahiro Iwasaki that was commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria called Reflection Model Itsukushima

If you click on the blue text you can read Wayne Crothers extensive essay Reflection Model Itsukyshima

Tuesday, 10 March 2015


At the monthly meeting on 10th March members were treated to a presentation by Dr David Finkelstein from the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. He gave a fascinating presentation about research into and treatment of Parkinson's Disease and also spoke about Alzheimer's Disease. His emphasis was on encouraging affected people everywhere to ensure they were seeking expert advice and only using evidence based treatments. Following his presentation there was a lively question and answer session, followed by a review of the ikebana created that morning on the theme 'White and Grey Matter'. Three examples are shown below

Lee Johnstone - Sogetsu School

Rosemary Farrelly - Ohara School

Philip Keon - Sogetsu School

Further photographs click: White matter and Grey Matter .

A reminder. There is an additional Chapter activity on March 18th. Wayne Crothers, Curator of Asian Art at the National Gallery of Victoria, will give a 'lecture tour' of the current Mingei Exhibition in the Pauline Gandel Gallery of Japanese Art and of the 'Reflection Model Itsukushima' contemporary sculpture in the Rio Tinto temporary exhibitions space. The tour begins at 2.00pm. Please advise Helen Gray if you wish to attend