The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - Tim Dou­glas Miriam Cosic Christo­pher Allen

rolling a shirt cuff to re­veal a 24-hour watch on his wrist. The sin­gle-handed in­stru­ment op­er­ates in two-hourly in­cre­ments. Time seems to stand still. “This way, I never re­ally know ex­actly what time it is,” he says Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art, The Rocks, Syd­ney. Fri-Wed, 10am-5pm; Thurs, 10am-9pm. Ad­mis­sion: $12-$22. In­quiries: (02) 9245 2400. Un­til March. Out of Hand: Ma­te­ri­al­is­ing the Post­dig­i­tal This ex­hi­bi­tion ex­plores the in­creas­ingly im­por­tant role of dig­i­tal man­u­fac­ture in con­tem­po­rary art, science, fash­ion de­sign and architecture. It fea­tures works by more than 60 artists, designers and ar­chi­tects from across the world, in­clud­ing Barry X Ball and Zaha Ha­did. Pow­er­house Mu­seum, 500 Har­ris Street, Ul­timo. Daily, 10am-5pm. Ad­mis­sion free to $15. In­quiries: 02) 9217 0111. Un­til June 25 next year. Ver­sailles: Trea­sures from the Palace This is a rare ex­hi­bi­tion of 130 ob­jets d’art from Ver­sailles. That evoca­tive phrase shock and awe, coined by the writ­ers of Amer­ica’s doc­trine of “rapid dom­i­nance” in the Iraq war, could have been ap­plied to Louis XIV’s reign in France — twice over. Not only did the 17th-cen­tury French king con­sol­i­date state power into ab­so­lute per­sonal rule, ramp­ing up the state’s trea­sury af­ter re­forms by his min­is­ter of fi­nance Jean-Bap­tiste Col­bert, Louis XIV poured money into architecture, paint­ing, sculp­ture, the dec­o­ra­tive arts, music and dance. Na­tional Gallery of Aus­tralia, Parkes Place, Parkes. Daily, 10am-5pm. Tick­ets: $25-$56. In­quiries: (02) 6240 6411 or on­line. Un­til April 17. A His­tory of the World in 100 Ob­jects This ex­hi­bi­tion is based on a se­ries of ra­dio broad­casts pro­duced in 2010 by the then head of the Bri­tish Mu­seum, Neil MacGre­gor. The pieces, each orig­i­nally dis­cussed in­di­vid­u­ally and in de­tail, were gath­ered to­gether as an ex­hi­bi­tion that has since toured in­ter­na­tion­ally in mod­i­fied form. This show in­cludes 43 of the orig­i­nal ob­jects. Na­tional Mu­seum of Aus­tralia, Law­son Cres­cent, Ac­ton. MonSat, 9am-5pm; Sun, 9am-7pm. Tick­ets: $8-$20. Book­ings: 1800 026 132 or on­line. Un­til Jan­uary.

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