Make the plunge into The Pool’s cultural waters at Melbourne’s NGV this August.
The idea of taking a dip may not sound all that appealing given the plummeting mercury levels in Melbourne right now. On this occasion however, the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) invite you to take a different kind of plunge, via symbolic immersion into the cultural waters of an 11-metre indoor swimming pool installation.
The Pool marks one of the latest exhibitions to hit NGV Australia, encapsulating the intricate relationship between Australian landscape, culture and architecture as observed through the frame of a singular typography – the swimming pool.
Set to open Friday 18th August, this free exhibition will be running from 10am to 5pm daily, offering a celebratory and accessible conversation about the ways in which pools as places affect us both socially and culturally. The pool itself is totally functional, with the more adventurous revellers encouraged to dip their toes in the shallow waters for a refreshing feel.
Complementing The Pool will be multimedia and audio content, providing insights into the pool as a setting for cultural exchange, including stories of segregation, competition, sustainability and survival. The exhibition will also feature eight ‘lanes’, symbolically representative of eight influenial Australian figureheads. All eight voices, including the likes of Ian Thorpe, Tim Flannery, Hetti Perkins plus more will tell their stories of architecture and culture.
The Pool is co-curated by Isabelle Toland, Amelia Holliday and Michelle Tabet and was originally commissioned for the Venice Architecture Biennale by the Australian Institute of Architects.
For more information, you can check out the NGV over here
What: The Pool
Where: NGV Australia, Federation Square, Ground Level, NGV Design Studio
When: Opens Friday 18th August, 10am-5pm daily
Price: Entry is free