April 12, 2014
I was very impressed with this wonderful art museum in the Yarra Valley near Melbourne.
The TarraWarra Museum of Art is the first privately funded, significant public visual arts museum to be set up under the Australian Government’s philanthropic measures announced in March 1999. TWMA operates as a not-for-profit institution, with a charter to display Australian art from the second half of the twentieth century to the present day. It is owned by Eva and Mark Beson, and features their extensive collection of Australian Art.
In 2000, Allan Powell’s design for this elegant building, arcing gently from the earth in concert with the contours and hues of the landscape, was chosen.
The building and the art within it sit together perfectly. Although the views from the building are beautiful, they are constrained by the design so that the emphasis is on the artwork.
‘Solitaire’, the current exhibition, has been beautifully curated. It includes some work by George Baldessin.