Monet’s Gardens at NGV

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I recently spent a long weekend in Melbourne with a girlfriend so we could see the Monet’s Gardens exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV).

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In the NGV foyer there’s an installation by Céleste Boursier-Mougenot who, as the NGV website describes, ‘creates large-scale acoustic installations and environments which draw upon forces of nature and the rhythms of everyday life’.

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Sitting around the edge of the installation had a communal sense of quiet and contemplation. The floating bowls moved with the water current and gently clinked together. Watching the bowls ‘stroll’ around the aqua pool was serene, but unfortunately I couldn’t sit there all day.

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The exhibition had about 60 works by Monet, ranging from the beginnings of his exploration of light in landscapes to his waterlily paintings in preparation for his Grand Decorations (huge artworks donated to the French nation and displayed in the Musee de L’Orangerie in Paris).

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There was no photography allowed in the exhibition, so unfortunately I can’t show you around – image from the National Gallery of Victoria

Seeing all the fabulous artworks was stunning, but the final part of the exhibition really made it for me. There’s a 180 degree screening room that plays a loop of approximately 5 minutes of images from Monet’s garden as it is today. It was beautiful sitting back and seeing the garden that inspired all the beautiful works we just contemplated and admired.

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K and I finished off our NGV visit with a Devonshire tea at the quiet cafe on the second level and a spot of shopping for some Monet artwork postcards (to put in my Project Life layout).

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