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mercredi 24 février 2010

Ron Mueck at the NGV from 22 January until 18 April 2010.


Artwork: Ron Mueck, Two Women (2005)

Artwork: Ron Mueck, Wild Man (2005)

Ron Mueck will be on display at NGV International on St Kilda Road from 22 January until 18 April 2010.

Admission fees apply: Adult $15.00 / Concession $12.00 / Children $7.50 / Member $7.50.

In January 2010, the National Gallery of Victoria will present a major exhibition of the work of internationally renowned sculptor Ron Mueck.
Known for his extraordinarily life-like creations, this exhibition will feature twelve sculptures by Mueck including four new works.
This will be the largest and most comprehensive Mueck exhibition ever to be held in Australia.

Frances Lindsay, NGV Deputy Director, said: “Since his dramatic entry onto the international art stage, Mueck has continued to astound audiences with his realistic, figurative sculptures and now occupies a unique and important place in the field of international contemporary art.”
David Hurlston, Curator Australian Art, said Ron Mueck’s poignant sculptures illustrate timeless human conditions from birth to demise.
“Mueck’s sculptures range from puckish portrayals of childhood innocence to acute observations of stages of life; from birth to adolescence, middle and old age, and even death. Many are solitary figures, psychological portraits of emotional intensity and of isolation,” said Mr Hurlston.

The exhibition will draw from Australian and international collections, highlights include: Mask IIMan in a boat (2002), Old woman in bed (2000/02), Wild man (2005), Two womenIn bed (2005), and through the generosity of a private collector from the United States, the iconic work Dead Dad (1996/97). 2001/02, (2005),
In addition to these there will be a number of new works created specifically for this exhibition which will be unveiled for the first time in Melbourne.
In his early career Melbourne-born Mueck worked as a puppet maker, however since 1997 he has been entirely devoted to making sculpture. In 1996, he was ‘discovered’ by British advertising guru Charles Saatchi, who included Mueck’s Dead Dad as part of the history making Sensation exhibition the following year.

Mueck went on to represent Australia at the 2001 Venice Biennale, capturing worldwide attention for his 4.5 metre sculpture, Crouching Boy. Since then, he has become one of the most significant figures in the contemporary art world.


Mueck’s work is currently held in the collections of Art Gallery of NSW, National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, McClelland Gallery and Queensland Art Gallery.

Ron Mueck is a National Gallery of Victoria touring exhibition and will travel to Queensland Art Gallery from 8 May until 8 August 2010 and to Christchurch Art Gallery from 30 September until 23 January 2011.

Check this review by Robert Nelson inThe Age :


http://www.theage.com.au/news/entertainment/arts/arts-reviews/ron-mueck/2010/02/02/1264876022556.html

and the one by Andrew Stephens

http://www.theage.com.au/news/entertainment/arts/under-the-skin/2010/01/22/1263663153503.html


A great exhibition catalogue is for sale on the spot. More about this publication below.
Un excellent catalogue de l'exposition est en vente sur place.

Le catalogue Ron Mueck édité par la NGV témoigne bien de l’entreprise de Ron Mueck, cet artiste né en Australie mais qui, lorsqu’il fut découvert pour la première fois à la London’s Royal Academy of Arts, fut assimilé aux sujets britanniques.
En 1997, il avait alors fait « sensation », thème de l’exposition collective, avec Dead Dad (1996-7). Plus d’une décennie après cette remarquable entrée en scène, Ron Mueck a conservé la même orientation : celle de réifier des moments de vulnérabilité dans l’existence (modeler une personne enceinte, qui vient de naître, moribonde, dans le plus simple appareil, blessée, etc.) avec des sculptures hyperréalistes qui miment les plus infimes imperfections cutanées. L’artiste aide le spectateur à se glisser dans la peau d’une Alice aux Pays des Merveilles en se jouant des échelles, car rien n’est à dimension humaine avec Mueck.
Les sculptures tantôt hypertrophiées, tantôt hypotrophiées, en résine de polyester et fibre de verre, entre autres, vous surprendront à coup sûr !
Alors dépêchez-vous de voir cette exposition de belle tenue ou de vous procurer, à défaut de vous déplacer, le catalogue qui lui rend justice .

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