We first went to the Love, Loss and Intimacy exhibition, in the 'works on paper' gallery. Sophia was particularly struck by two sketches of babies. "Bubba," she said, when we arrived at the exhibition exit. Instead of leaving, she walked quickly back to the drawings by Paul Helleu and Max Klinger.
I was also impressed by Helleu's drawing of this wife breastfeeding - a vision of warmth and intimacy: a man who was happy to be there. (You can see I've been reading Hemingway, who was often not happy to be there.)
Then Nikos and I went upstairs to play 'hunt the Matisse'. Nikos remembered 'Reclining nude on a pink couch' immediately, and was very happy with himself. We then trundled into the early modern gallery, and looked at the sculpture. We had this conversation in front of Rodin's 'The Thinker':
Damon: What's he doing?After this, Sophia and I had a look around in the same gallery, and she was taken by Rodin: his 'Kissing babes'.
Damon: Thinking about what?
The day ended at Federation Square, where we had salted olives, smoked almonds, cheese and chips - while an exhausted Sophia slept.
In this, I hope we're introducing our kids to a world: of vivid or nuanced experiences. It's a world that can surprise, shock and intrigue - but it's familiar, like an old school-buddy. With a proper introduction, art can be a friend for life, rather than a series of casual, awkward encounters.