I have two friends in Denmark whom I have never met – Maria Holm and Henry Høgh. Maria posted some amazing shots from the Ordrupgaard Art museum in Charlottenlund, Denmark and I said I would show her a bit from the Ballarat Art Gallery.
Maria’s blog has the most gorgeous name From One Heart to Another and it’s all about Health, Baby Care Art Travelling and running Marathons. I’ll tell you about Henry another time but I always introduce the ladies first.
Anyway about the Ballarat Art Gallery:-
It is the oldest and largest gallery in regional Australia and was established in 1884. There was no established town here before 1851 when the gold rush occurred. So it took only about 30 years to get it on its way. The gallery is in a fine old building with a modern annex attached at the rear and is on two levels. Below is a random selection from the top level and depending upon interest I will show you the ground level. This is where special exhibitions are housed. The most recent that I visited was the Linda McCartney: Retrospective which was part of the last Ballarat International Foto Biennale. I had thought it would be of interest to Beatles’ fans but it was much much more than that.
But enough waffling about. The following photographs will be shown with very little in the way of commentary or attribution. However I would be delighted to run back down to find out about anything in particular.
The Main Gallery.
Early Australian scenes
and again mostly European and English painters.
Random Australian Art.
With my next effort I am happy to receive some suggestions. For example would you like to have the names of the painters and the dates? Would you like each shot to be separate of are you happy with mosaics or would you prefer slide shows? (Give me something to do with my time.) And I’ve just noticed as I preview this that the size of the Aboriginal Art should have been indicated. For instance the last one takes up most of a wall. I should have shown you that.