Must do in Melbourne: January

January is quiet for Melbourne's smaller exhibition spaces, most of them close over the holidays and re-open in February but that doesn't mean you'll be short of exhibits to see. Head the NGV International and view the great permanent collection (thanks to the Felton bequest, as my gorgeous sister-in-law pointed out the last time she was in Melbourne). There are always amazing temporary exhibitions showing at the NGV as well...

Joseph Beuys & Rudolf Steiner
Imagination, Inspiration, Intuition

NGV International
26 October, 2007 to 17 February, 2008

Admission free
This exhibition examines the connections between the art of Joseph Beuys (1921-1986) and the teachings of Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925). Rudolf Steiner’s writings on politics, economics and intellectual freedom exerted an impact upon Beuys. In particular, Beuys’ theory of ‘social sculpture’ reflects the influence of Steiner in its insistence that creativity should be applied to all aspects of human endeavour. Building upon Steiner’s concept of ‘denkbilder’ or ‘thought drawings’, Beuys used chalk on board to communicate to his audience the basic principles of social sculpture – freedom, direct democracy and sustainable economic forms. Concerned with the intersection of art and politics, education and the development of the individual, this is an exhibition that will appeal to a wide range of people; from the general public, to those interested in German culture or Anthroposophy.

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