The National Portrait Gallery in Canberra often has challenging and impressive exhibitions, that put larger galleries and exhibition spaces to shame - it's honestly that great.
And it was this holidays I saw one of the most beautiful and fascinating art exhibitions that I've seen in a long time. 'In the flesh' features an enthralling selection of contemporary artworks, brought together to explore the concept of humanness. The artworks are organised to showcase the themes of intimacy, empathy, transience, transition, vulnerability, alienation, restlessness, reflection, mortality and acceptance - and this structure lends the exhibition a narrative underpinning, adding an element of storytelling to the path through the gallery.
The artists included in the exhibition include Jan Nelson, Natasha Bieniek, Patricia Piccinini (of SkyWhale fame!), Juan Ford, Petrina Hicks, Ron Mueck, Yanni Floros, Sam Jinks (who makes those incredibly realistic sculptures you have no doubt seen in exhibitions before), Michael Peck and Robin Eley.
'In the flesh' is thought-provoking and moving. If you have to travel interstate to see this impressive exhibition... do it.