Cradle to the Grave

Ron Mueck ExhibitionRon Mueck Exhibition
Ron Mueck ExhibitionRon Mueck Exhibition

I’ve heard people talk about the Ron Mueck sculptures as creepy, disturbing or grotesque. And I was secretly looking forward to a bit of that freaky factor. But when I saw the sculptures in the flesh, the words that came to me were not the ones I imagined – serene, peaceful, still.

And the other thing that struck me was a sense of history – both in terms of the personal and human (literally from the cradle to the grave), and the history of art. These were figures you could imagine in Renaissance art – the pregnant woman with her ecstatic face could easily be a Madonna. The little old lady, tiny in her bed was like a miniature Dutch painting. And Dead Dad has all the still grandeur of Jesus laid out in the tomb.

It’s unexpectedly beautiful.

4 thoughts on “Cradle to the Grave

  1. Laraine 5 October 2010 / 6:18 am

    We were given a glimpse of this exhibition on TV a few nights ago, though I missed most of it so I didn’t know what I was missing. It will engender many emotions in all who view it. It’s certainly very moving; beautiful too. The one that affected me most was the little old lady in bed because she reminded me of my MIL a short while before she died of Alzheimer’s.

    Thanks so much for sharing.

    • jane 7 October 2010 / 9:37 am

      Yes, I had memories of my mum as well – moved me to tears.

  2. Darryl Barnaby 6 October 2010 / 8:07 am

    This exhibition speaks to everyone young and old, my teenage daughter was the last to finish viewing it and my elderly father was impressed. You need know nothing of art to appreciate this commentary on the frailty of humanity.

  3. Bowiechelle 7 November 2010 / 11:45 am

    Uniquely stunning, daunting, intriguing.
    Man in a Boat captivated me, the expression on his face…what is he thinking,where has he been, whats about to happen? Look at the detail in his feet.Amazing.
    The eight foot pregnant woman looms larger than life. Her shaved legs act as pillars under her enourmous belly.
    While enjoyed the smaller workes, the larger works are spectacular in their own right. Definately worth a look.

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