The Gallery – Face

I was looking for something a little different to fit in with Tara’s Gallery theme this week as I think I have posted way too may pictures of my ugly mug recently, especially having just done a ‘selfie’ post. Then this picture occurred to me.


This is a sculpture in the British Museum in London called Mask II by Australian-British Artist Ron Mueck.  The face itself is about 6 feet long and 4 feet high and I don’t know how it makes you feel but I find it really quite disturbing.  I don’t know if it’s the scale of it or the astounding reality in it but it makes me shudder to look at it.

Funnily enough I feel about this piece pretty much the same way as I feel about the entire British Museum, although I can appreciate it, it disturbs me. Mainly because I’m not sure most of the exhibits should be there at all. I mean, to me, it looks like the Brits have pillaged historical artifacts from all over the world  that really should have remained in their native countries. Call me controversial but I don’t think one of the Easter Island Sculptures, the Rosetta Stone or a piece of the Egyptian Sphinx amongst other things belong in London, England.

So what do you think of Ron Mueck’s artwork…Cool, creepy or maybe a bit of both?


7 thoughts on “The Gallery – Face

  1. Mum

    Very very clever! As for the other ‘stuff’ you must remember Lou that a lot of this stuff was done in the days before they knew better, and Britain considered itself ‘Great’ rightly or wrongly, however as you know the Egyptians and others, don’t appreciate or protect what they have. One of the things that bothers me is this recent insisitence on apologies. If you were nasty to me and someone else apologised, would i feel better? I don’t think so.. So history is just that right or wrong it can’t be changed.

  2. Lisa

    I’m sure in reality it’s magnificent, but, right here, right now, it’s a little creepy! Great choice for the theme though 🙂

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