In this issue of NGV Magazine we explore the role art, design and museums can play in transformation and learning, and celebrate seventy years of the NGV Learning Department. Museums can offer unique learning experiences, regardless of age or education, sparking curiosity, conversations and connections that can last a lifetime, seen through the revealing stories inspired by our Collection in this issue.
What is the difference between semi-abstract art and pure abstraction? To accompany this issue’s Secret Life of Art story ‘Another Side of Grace Crowley’, NGV Curator Beckett Rozentals explains abstract art definitions through the works of Crowley and Ralph Balson, two extraordinary artists who were pivotal in the development of abstract art in Australia.
Learning resource: Abstraction Action
Explore abstract art with the young ones in your life using this learning resource inspired by the works of Melinda Harper
Melbourne authors Emily Bitto and Peggy Frew read from their texts on the NGV artwork that has changed them, and their thoughts about the role of art and museums in providing transformative experiences.
In this video from his studio, see how Dutch designer Jólan van der Wiel creates his one-of-a-kind sitting stools by manipulating the natural phenomenon of gravity.
Take a closer look at Constance Stokes’s Portrait of a woman in a green dress, 1930, in this video with NGV Conservator of Paintings, Raye Collins.
Scottish artist Elizabeth Keith created Blue and white, 1924, during her decade living in Japan. Keith spend many years developing this work, which reveals her deep appreciation of Japanese culture. Blue and white also references other iconic Japanese styles and artworks, including these works from the NGV Collection. Read about Blue and white in the magazine, and see if you can find the connections:
The NGV is proud to collaborate with a community of people passionate about the life-changing learning experiences art and design can offer. Exclusively for NGV Magazine Online and to continue this issue’s celebration of seventy years of the NGV Learning Department, we ask four people from this community one question each about the unique learning experiences museums and art provide.Read now