Museums of Sydney...
This entry was posted on 3/15/2007 5:55 PM and is filed under Australia.
The Museum of Contemporary Art is located just across the harbour. We went in and saw a wonderful video show from the Pompidou Museum in Paris. The 4th floor was filled with couches and TVs and you could just sit down on any couch, pick up a set of headphones and watch ART on TV.
There was one set that was just showing a family of 4 watching a TV, although you couldn't see the TV. All you could see was them looking at you, as though you were on the station. The point of it was that the whole family was very brain dead having very little interaction with each other. A parent would say something to the child and hardly look at him, making sure they wouldn't be missing anything on TV.
Our favorite one showed a trial of 2 dictators, with no commercial breaks (or so they said). Then, of course, they kept putting in completely inappropriate commercials that related to words of the trial but had no relation at all to what was going on. It was quite fascinating.
On the ground floor was a fabulous exhibit of paintings done by Paddy Bedford, an 85 year old Aboriginal, known by his nickname Goowoomji who grew up on Bedford Downs where he learned to work as a cattleman in exchange for rations and tobacco.
Paddy only began painting in 1997/98 and still actively paints. His work is recognized by his strong lines, swirling images and determined patterns. His paintings combine important family dreaming with images such as emu, turkey, and cockatoo along with roads, rivers, camp life, stockyards and country.
Here's a little montage of his work...
Here's a fun hat we saw in their gift store. Too big to travel with. Darn! Too bad it didn't squash or fold down.
The Powerhouse Museum had a fantastic exhibit on "The Great Wall of China - dynasties, dragons and warriors".
They had amazing videos of how the wall was built stone by stone, as recreated today using traditional methods and original materials. Much of the walls were made by stamping earth and gravel between board frames. We learned a lot about the different walls built by dynasties from the 5th century BC until the 16th century to protect the borders of the Chinese Empire.
The Great Wall is the world's longest man-made structure, stretching over 3,948 miles from Shanhai Pass in the east to Lop Nur in the west. It has watch towers at regular intervals which were used to store weapons, house troops and send smoke signals.
Here are some photos of the Great Wall...