National Gallery of Australia: Ken and Julia Yonetani's The Last Temptation

1 January 2016

Photo: National Gallery of Australia) Top: Ken and Julia Yonetani’s ‘The Last Supper’ made of groundwater salt from the Murray Darling Basin.  Below:  Ken and Julia Yonetani with their work 'Crystal Palace: The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nuclear Nations (UK, Russia)', NGA Contemporary 2015
(Photo: National Gallery of Australia) Ken and Julia Yonetani with their work 'Crystal Palace: The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nuclear Nations (UK, Russia)', NGA Contemporary 2015 
Photo: National Gallery of Australia) Top: Ken and Julia Yonetani’s ‘The Last Supper’ made of groundwater salt from the Murray Darling Basin.  Below:  Ken and Julia Yonetani with their work 'Crystal Palace: The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nuclear Nations (UK, Russia)', NGA Contemporary 2015
(Photo: National Gallery of Australia) Ken and Julia Yonetani’s ‘The Last Supper’ made of groundwater salt from the Murray Darling Basin. 

Project Description

The Last Temptation will be the first large survey show of internationally acclaimed Japanese and Australian artist collaborators Ken and Julia Yonetani and will bring together their iconic works from around the globe. Inspired by responses through all five senses – sight, smell, taste, hearing and touch, Ken and Julia’s work is aesthetically astounding, accessible and engaging. The exhibition opens to the public December 12 until end March 2016.

Amongst the stunning works within the exhibition will be an installation of chandeliers reconfigured to emanate UV light, and decorated with specially sourced uranium glass. Prompting individual reactions from visitors, these installations are provocative responses to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident; each chandelier represents a country that operates nuclear power stations and is of a scale relative to that country’s nuclear output. Alongside these opulent chandeliers sits ‘The Last Supper’, a nine-metre table made of over one tonne of groundwater salt sourced from the Murray Darling Basin.

Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $27,500 (with GST included)

Total project value: $75,000

Last Updated: 8 January 2018