Ron Mueck's exhibition is quite startling in scale, featuring the aforementioned massive angry newborn, as well as a gigantic disembodied infant head. Contrasted with the tiny sculpture of the frail old woman in bed, these massive babies really do speak volumes about what every parent of a newborn knows - that baby is the biggest thing in the room. It's oppressive, judgmental and demanding. Looking at those gigantic babies reminded me of the moments of helplessness and panic that I remember feeling as a new mother.
Also part of the Real Life exhibition are installations by Guy Ben-Ner. The Offspring and I were particularly taken with his video, Stealing Beauty, in which Ben-Ner and his family carry on their lives inside IKEA showrooms and discuss the nature of private property, while shoppers shuffle by and through the display rooms, checking out prices of the Snits bowls and the Ekeskog sofas.
That's one of the things I love about these extended holidays, such as Christmas, the chance to peruse the museums and other places that I don't go to nearly enough.
Did you do anything outside the norm this Christmas?