A big detour on my way to the Waverley Patchworkers Retreat brought me to the Latrobe Regional Gallery in Morwell. Their current exhibition is René Magritte: The Revealing Image. This consists of 130 photos and eight films made by the surrealist artist Magritte but only discovered ten years after his death. They provide insight into the creative process of the artist and his imagination.
The exhibition is divided into six sections each one exploring the purpose behind the making of the photographic image. They move from documents showing the chronology of his life and his relationship with others of the Brussels Surrealist group to interactions with completed paintings and stagings leading to the creation of a painted work.
No photos are permitted in the exhibition area however they are encouraged in the Kid’s Space where there are lots of activity sheets, props and settings to stimulate visual play.
Two of the many images I really liked were available in postcard form.
If you can’t bear driving down the Monash Freeway, then maybe go by train. The gallery has recently been refurbished and this is a most interesting exhibition, open until 19 November.
I asked my phone to give me directions from Morwell to Neerim East not using highways. It obliged very nicely. The route between Morwell and Moe was through the Haunted Hills and over a highpoint with a fire tower and fantastic views back into the valley.
But the landscape is not what it seems at first glance. This is the LaTrobe Valley, the heart of brown coal fired power generation for the state. I was very fortunate to have clear views.