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Lee Mingwei: The Moving Garden - National Gallery of Victoria

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NGV, National Gallery of Victoria, Flowers, Exhibition, Lee Mingwei
The Moving Garden by Lee Mingwei. Photo courtesy: Taipei Fine Arts Museum


Once, a stranger walked up to me and gave me a flower. After I got over my surprise and thanked him, he smiled, walked away and I never saw him again. Such an act of kindness to another can resonate with you for a long time. Its positive message can be contagious and spread like wildfire.

So when I received the news that the National Gallery of Victoria were hosting an exhibition by Lee Mingwei that encourages its visitors to pluck a fresh flower from his display when leaving, make a detour from their usual route and on the way give that flower to a stranger, I was excited to say the least.
NGV, National Gallery of Victoria, Flowers, Exhibition, Lee Mingwei
The Moving Garden in full bloom.Photo: Yoshitsugu Fuminari, courtesy of Mori Art Museum


Lee Mingwei is a Taiwanese-American artist internationally recognised for his work encouraging audience participation. His solo exhibitions have featured at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Melbourne florist Flowers Vasette has joined forces with NGV and will provide 1000 fresh flowers for each day of the exhibition which is a grand total of 106,000 flowers. That's a lot of very happy strangers!

When – 15th of October 2016 – 29th January 2017
Time – Daily 10am – 5pm
Where – International National Gallery of Victoria 180 ST KILDA ROAD, MELBOURNE
Cost – FREE entry to the museum and free flower.
Websitewww.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/lee-mingwei
Contact - 03 8620 2222
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Why? It brings joy!
When: 15/10/16 - 29/1/17 Daily 10am - 5pm
Phone: 03 8620 2222
Where: International National Gallery of Victoria 180 ST KILDA ROAD, MELBOURNE
Cost: Free, Free, Free
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The Moving Garden concept is quite different. It challenges my concept of art but then I imagine that is part of its purpose.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7509) 1145 days ago
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