Open House: Tromarama for Kids is NGV International’s newest children’s gallery exhibition. Indonesian contemporary art collective Tromarama (Febie Babyrose, Herbert Hans and Ruddy Hatumena), have truly built a house of fun!
The fantastical space features five fully furnished rooms – a kitchen, dining room, courtyard, bedroom and bathroom. The whole house comes to life and It has lots for kids (and adults) to explore and we spent about an hour inside.
Start off in the bathroom and very comfy pillow-lined bedroom, where you can learn to make simple stop motion animation movies.
Just take some toys from the bathtub, find a backdrop you like, use the touch screens to take photos and off you go!
I was surprised that Lady AB understood what to do very quickly and she was thrilled with her work. In fact, we spent the majority of the time there because she wanted to use every. single. screen. :)
Move into the lush garden with the flower wall which reminded me of the Raf Simons’ extravagant first collection for Christian Dior. Pity the flowers aren’t real!
In the garden you’ll find that pink flamingos talk and cheeky garden gnomes chat back with your voice!
The kitchen is the most restful space, with stacks of ceramic crockery (thankfully stuck together and to the benches) and it shows a delightful animation of dancing plates and cups.
Tromarama’s video works are interspersed around all the rooms and they shared a theme of showing ordinary household objects coming to life in extraordinary and playful ways.
The highlight of the interactive experiences has got to be the disco dance floor. Look up and you’ll see a complete dining room setting, which means you’re dancing on the ceiling!
Like Darren Sylvester’s dance floor for the Melbourne Now exhibition this room will definitely be a drawcard.
Open House: Tromarama for Kids is a must-see on your next to visit the gallery and it will be sure to delight and surprise kids and adults alike. Come out and play!
- take a camera – the space is very photogenic!
- Some of the stop motion screens were too high for 4yo Lady AB, which she found frustrating. I spoke to a NGV staff member to try and get some stools so that little kids could still have a go.
- You can push a pram around but you’ll struggle to keep kids inside!
- Try to go during off-peak hours. The space is extremely stimulating on the senses (especially the dance floor) and crowds can make it too overwhelming for young kids. Older kids tend to dominate the space once they’re inside. Note school groups tend to arrive in the morning on Thursdays and Fridays, so try to avoid those times. If you have to go on the weekend, be there at 10am when it opens.
- If you’re a NGV member then attend the Members Family Preview at 9am on Saturday 23 May, before doors open to the public at 10am.
Open House: Tromarama for Kids, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
Saturday 23 May – Sunday 18 Oct