Biennale of Sydney – Museum of Contemporary Art

Be prepared to be illusional with colourful stripes on the floors of the Museum of Contemporary Art, partnered with the 19th Biennale of Sydney from March 21 to June 9, 2014. ‘You imagine what you desire.’

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“The Biennale of Sydney is a non-profit organisation that presents Australia’s largest and most exciting contemporary visual arts festival. Held every two years, the Biennale is a 12-week exhibition, with an accompanying program of artist talks, performances, forums, guided tours, family days and other special events – all FREE to the public.”

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Walking from Circular Quay, the MCA is really not a bad location.

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You will notice it by the building. If is probably one of a few modern designed buildings in one of Sydney’s oldest ports.

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When I got here, there were groups of school children #bludgers #excursionfun

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On the first level when you go up the stairs, you’ll probably find Jim Lambie’s exhibition. I’m pretty sure it’s gone a bit viral with great photos opportunities for those instagrammers.

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“Jim Lambie’s Zobop works involve covering gallery floors in huge expanses of monochromatic or Wiley coloured vinyl tape, that gives the impression of multilayered movement, even pulsation. The result is memorising, uplifting and times vertiginous, as his optical wonderland challenges our proprioceptive process.”

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Bad Seed. What a unique frame of thought.

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Heading upstairs, Volume One reflects the diversity of contemporary Australian art, including works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists with an emphasis on diverse cultural voices and the impact of feminism.

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I’m not sure what’s going on here but that creepy face out of no where scared me a little.

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There was a little room for the bookworms wanting to have a read about art, as well as a screen if you are a listener.

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Of course a museum is not complete without a monument statue in the middle surrounded by fine paintings.

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In fact, there was quite a bit of them.

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Fiona Hall’s ‘Give a dog a bone’ is a display of cardboard boxes with a range of objects such as domestic products, flowers and seed pods carefully carved from soaps. The Rtist is concerned about the impact of consumption on the environment, and the interaction between nature, culture, and the world economies.

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Don’t we all feel like this at some stage in our lives #boredum

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Looking at these magic squares flip flap flop into different colours.

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Have a look at Alice Gundaburrburr’s circular pandanus palm coil weave baskets. I’m lovin her last name #gundaburrburr

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And the abstract room.

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Since there’s a lot of colour in the building, why not making it even more colourful by adding lights? #boomboompow

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Then you’ll have your sculptures..

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Check this out. They are solid cast glasses. Something to do with chameleon qualities…

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At the top there’s a handy little cafe

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with a pretty handy view of the Opera House.

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Be sure to check out all four levels because there are lots more to see than what I’ve taken pictures of!

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Review Rating: =D  =)  =|  =(

Product (Biennale at Museum of Contemporary Art): =D

Ambience: =)

Service: =)

Value: =)

Would I go and see the Biennale again next year at MCA? I’m pretty impressed with the artwork and there definitely is a strong theme. If it’s free, I’m definitely going and it’s a winner because its at Circular Quay too!

Would I donate the money I saved to my charity? Actually, I think it was $5 to see more parts of the Biennale? I think they went to Cockatoo Island. Anyway, I wouldn’t mind handing my spare change over to support these talented artists.

Highlight: I must admit, dazzling your eyes through Jim Lambie’s exhibition. It’s like artporn because your eyes think there’s so much to see but its actually all these colours all around the room and its so colourful you can’t fathom how everywhere it is. I also like the side illusions with the circular thing too.

Suggestion of Improvement: It would be nice to have some tours around every few hours and maybe some launch events to encourage the community to meet and greet the artists.

Ends: June 9, 2014


Angela Bee


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