The Triennial Exhibition is an exhibition that features artists from all over the world in a display of contemporary art and immersive experiences.
Sponsored by Mercedes Benz, the opening night saw guests exploring the first floor of the exhibition space.
Firstly , welcome drinks were served in the foyer, where we were all dwarfed by the giant sculpture by artist Xu Zhen called "Eternity-Buddha in Nirvana" that features replicas of famous Buddhist and western classical sculptures.
Sipping on champagne, guests listened to speeches presented by various important figures for the night, many who described how exciting it is for Mercedes to continue to align themselves with various arts based programs around the country.
Leaving the speeches there were rows of waiters holding tray of fresh drinks which I thought was quite funny because we weren't actually allowed to take drinks into the exhibition space.
The second part of the night saw us exploring the ground floor of this huge exhibition (now spanning 3 floors, and mixed in with some of the permanent collection) . There were a lot of colour, shapes and interaction involved in many of the pieces. One of my favourite memories of the night was running into my friend from University who was being paid to sit in casual clothes (a tshirt, shorts, nikes and sunnies on his head)
I visited again on Saturday the 27th January, during one of their busy late night (till midnight late!) "Triennal Extra" sessions. It was very busy, and I was grateful to be among the few able to have a more intimate experience within the art that with the masses. Plus who doesn't want to look at art whilst everyone is all dressed up in suits and pretty cocktail dresses!?
Arriving after 9pm the gallery was still pumping with people! We wanted to check out the DJ ( The Big Scary was scheduled to play 9-11) and also the very popular and very instagrammable Skull Room.
There are a few interesting mini films and many artworks that are just as bold as the Skulls by artist Ron Mueck. I do find it very interesting why this particular piece stands out to everyone so much. I think it is somewhat ironic that the skulls are exhibited in a room amongst 18th Century classical style portraits that are part of the gallery's permanent collection, in a room on level two located up the back (we actually had to ask a few security guards where it actually was). It's almost like saying that these old portraits tucked in the back corner of the NGV are the same as stacked skulls in a catacomb? Ironically, the death and decay associated with skulls has actually brought new life to this portrait room!!
Open until April and with free entry, there is plenty of time to make the most of this great exhibition.
The launch party of the Mercedes Me Cafe in Melbourne at the end of November, 2017 was so much fun. It was a night of glam people and sexy cars (or glam cars and sexy people?!?!)
The first part of the evening was held in the lobby of the Rialto Towers in Melbourne's CBD. It was a veryyy hot evening, so after checking in and receiving a cool glowing bracelet (which signified that we were guests for the night) I quickly got a nice cold champagne in my hand! After mingling with some fellow guests and a few more glasses of champagne it was time for the arrivals of the special guests! These special guests included Jasmine from 'Friend in Fashion', some Formula 1 race car drivers (#sorrynotsorry here for the champagne, food, fashion and fast cars more than who is behind the wheel!), and some of the folks from St Ali coffee roasters.
Even for a non car expert like myself, I still appreciated the awesome F 015 self driving concept car!
While all these cool arrivals were happening, I was standing around sweltering in my leopard print dress from Zimmerman. It's a great dress from a few years ago, but 30 degree celsius nights a full tulle skirts don't go well together- but thats okay, thats what cold champagne is for, right?
Some of the food that was served included lobster rolls - which were actually really spicy even though the waitress promised they weren't- sliders, salmon blinis on chips instead of savoury pancakes.
I was interviewed by Brodie Harper from channel 9's Postcards tv show about the opening. She asked me what my first and favourite memories of Mercedes are and I said how my family has always driven mercedes and that I was very lucky to get a B class for my 18th birthday. I'm not very good on camera so that was pretty daunting!
Eventually we were ushered down into the actual cafe space where Matt Corby performed a few songs; including Brother and Resolution, which is lucky because they are the only two songs I know of his!
Ross from St Ali gave me a tour of the Mercedes fitted coffee roaster machine which was really cool even though i didn't understand half of what he told me! Basically the machine is made with parts from actual mercedes cars, from the air intake to the cooling tray for the beans!
We danced until late, but somehow I managed to find time to have a chat to the gorgeous Matt Corby as well as introducing myself to the lovely beauty blogger Gemma Watts @gemmkwatts.
When we finally left at 12.30 AM(!) we were treated to a great gift bag filled with a four pillars 'Bloody Gin' which is shiraz infused gin, a frank green keep cup as well as some St Ali coffee beans of course! It was a great way to celebrate the opening of the cafe and I can't wait to go back to experience the space again during the day sometime soon!