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 The Pool: Architecture, Culture and Identity

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Description

A multi-sensory installation of water, light, scent and sound, The Pool is an interactive space, complete with wooden decking and pool lounge chairs, that reveals the connection between landscape, culture and architecture through a singular architectural form.

Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV, said, 'Whether natural or man-made, inland or coastal, pools are undeniably linked to the Australian lifestyle and our national psyche. We encourage visitors to dangle their feet in the water or relax poolside as they reflect on the idea of the pool as a place of cultural exchange, socialising, competition and reminiscence.'

The exhibition holds its Australian premiere following a successful showing at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. It was presented by the Australian Institute of Architects and curated by Aileen Sage Architects (Isabelle Toland and Amelia Holliday) with Michelle Tabet.

The installation also includes a series of eight 'lanes' that present audio excerpts from eight prominent Australian figures who share their personal stories to further reveal the relationship between the pool: Olympic gold medal winning swimmers Ian Thorpe and Shane Gould; environmentalist and 2007 Australian of the Year Tim Flannery; fashion designers Romance Was Born; writer of best-selling book The Slap Christos Tsiolkas; winner of the 2012 Miles Franklin Prize Anna Funder; Indigenous art curator Hetti Perkins and Australian rock musician Paul Kelly.

Location

Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
Federation Square
Corner of Russell and Flinders streets
Melbourne VIC 3000


Contact details

03 8620 2222
www.ngv.vic.gov.au/


Dates and times

18/08/2017 to 01/02/2018

Mon: 10am – 5pm
Tue: 10am – 5pm
Wed: 10am – 5pm
Thu: 10am – 5pm
Fri: 10am – 5pm
Sat: 10am – 5pm
Sun: 10am – 5pm

Price

This is a free event


Bookings

Not required


How to get there

Public Transport Victoria


Features

All ages


Accessibility

Wheelchair accessible



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