I'm in Melbourne often enough - so why not write a bit about some places I've seen :)
Event: 11/12/2011 - 03/06/2012
'In the Steps of Buddha' is an exhibition currently showing at the National Gallery of Victoria. It is running until June 3 this year. Featuring around 80 Buddhist and Hindu artworks, this exhibition is a well worthwhile cultural awakening.
For those with a Buddhist or Hindi background, the exhibition will have a deeper and diverse meaning to those from other religious backgrounds. Don't be deterred by this – each artwork has a useful dialogue of text beside it to explain the meaning and history behind it.
Even if eastern religion isn't an immediate drawcard, this exhibition still deserves a visit. It is a fantastic way to open the mind to another way of thinking and believing away from the western tradition that influences Melbourne so strongly.
Photos are allowed in the exhibition and throughout the whole gallery, but ensure the flash is turned off.
The various artworks aim to incite reactions of surprise, awe and admiration – and they do just that. It is only a small exhibition on the second floor of the National Gallery so won't take too long to see all the artworks. The length of time spent in there is subjective – depending how much you can take out of the works.
The National Gallery is located at 180 St Kilda Road and entry is free. The Gallery is open from 10am-5pm every day except Tuesday and public holidays. Refer to the website for more details on the exhibition, opening hours and other events at the National Gallery.