Demand vs Demand

Yesterday I took my son and an overseas friend visiting to see some fine art, specifically the work of Thomas Demand and Jeff Wall. Two big shows in two different parts of the NGV (National Gallery of Victoria). I’m not sure what I expected Anakin to think about it or how he would act. Having forgotten his shoes at home he was confined to either the pram or my arms for the duration.

So, turns out a 14 month old vs fine art is not a simple equation, nor a quiet one. Anakin was less impressed by both Demand and Wall, and was quite upset by not having his own demands met. Despite a nap break inbetween the two shows, it was far from a perfect day in the eyes of the young jedi.

Anakin was far more impressed by the water feature wall at the NGV than he was the work of Thomas Demand.

Anakin was far more impressed by the water feature wall at the NGV than he was the work of Thomas Demand.

I understand that being confined to sitting all day isn’t much fun. I get it. But to find places in the city where a baby can roam around isn’t always that easy, and when adults have demands of their own it’s even less so. Forgetting shoes so there was no roaming whatsoever in the gallery… big mistake.

The shows were great though. Well worth all the squirming, whining and crying. Perhaps the appreciation of fine art is something you have to grow into, or at least be a bit older for. In any case, exposure to fine art and culture is never a bad thing. Hey, at least he can say he was “well cultured” at a young age.  It could be worse, right?

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