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Zoom Small Postcard - Ron Mueck, Mass
Zoom Small Postcard - Ron Mueck, Mass

Small Postcard - Ron Mueck, Mass



This small postcard features Ron Mueck’s landmark work, Mass.
Originally commissioned for the 2017 NGV Triennial, Mass, which comprises 100 large-scale resin sculptures of the human skull, is a momentous and confronting work by Australian artist Ron Mueck.


Dimensions: 15 x 10.5 cm
Made in Melbourne and designed exclusively for the NGV design store

About the artwork

Throughout history, the skull has been a potent symbol within the aesthetic lexicon of almost all cultures. It features prominently in art of the Renaissance and particularly in Dutch still-life painting and the vanitas tradition of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, where the skull represents ephemerality. The skull has also been used in other ways – in the skull and crossbones of the pirate Jolly Roger, and as a sign of Halloween and the Day of the Dead.

In a contemporary context, Mass has particular resonance. With the world grappling with enormous and intensifying challenges – the atrocity of war, pestilence, a changing climate, floods, fires and famine – it is a poignant monument for our times.

Ron Mueck
Australian born 1958
Mass 2016–17 (detail)
synthetic polymer paint on fibreglass
(1-100) 114.6 x 108.0 x 157.2 cm (variable) (each)
(1-99) 550.0 x 1487.0 x 1474.5 cm (variable) (installation)
(1-100) 550.0 x 1487.0 x 5081.8 cm (variable) (installation)
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 2018
© Ron Mueck

Small Postcard - Ron Mueck, Mass



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