2017 NGV Architecture Commission
Retallack Thompson and Other Architects
The NGV garden is transformed into a maze-like series of open-air passageways, corridors and rooms as part of the 2017 NGV Architecture Commission. Entitled Garden Wall by Retallack Thompson and Other Architects, the elegantly-designed structure comprises over 260 white walls clad in transparent woven mesh, which offer visitors the opportunity to rediscover NGV’s Grollo Equiset […]
2016 NGV Architecture Commission
A playful reinvention of the suburban car wash is the concept behind the 2016 NGV Architecture Commission built in the NGV’s Grollo Equiset Garden this spring. Designed by Melbourne-based M@STUDIO Architects, the ephemeral structure is titled Haven’t you always wanted…? With dimensions taken directly from an existing car wash in Blackburn, the design transplants an object […]
Architecture of Faith
Architecture of Faith is a unique exhibition providing an in-depth exploration of the new Australian Islamic Centre at Hobsons Bay, Melbourne, designed by renowned Australian architect Glenn Murcutt. Murcutt and Melbourne practice Elevli Plus worked with the Newport Islamic Council for nearly a decade on the creation of a contemporary Australian mosque and Islamic centre. Importantly, […]
2015 Summer Architecture Commission
John Wardle Architects
The Summer Architecture Commissions are a new initiative of the Department of Contemporary Design and Architecture offering the opportunity for emerging and established architects to present their architecture to a broad audience in the Grollo Equiset Garden at NGV International. For 2015 John Wardle Architects (JWA) has developed the inaugural Commission. Taking inspiration from the […]
Reflection Model (Itsukushima)
Takahiro Iwasaki is recognized as one of Japan’s new generation of emerging young artists, who creates intricately detailed models that reinterpret contemporary cityscapes and iconic historic buildings. The Reflection Model series focuses on seven of Japan’s most sacred buildings that all have an intimate visual relationship with the reflections they cast in the water that surrounds them.
Commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria, the third and largest work in the Reflection Model series takes as its subject the Shinto shrine of Itsukushima, located on the tidal flats of Japan’s Inland Sea.
Felton Bequest, 2014
Ian Strange: SUBURBAN
Ian Strange: Suburban is a multifaceted photography, film and installation exhibition created by New York-based Australian artist Ian Strange. Since 2011 Strange has worked with filmmakers and volunteers in Ohio, Detroit, Alabama, New Jersey, New York and New Hampshire to create, photograph and film seven site specific interventions incorporating suburban homes. The recording of these interventions through film and photographic documentation forms the basis of this new and groundbreaking exhibition.
Melbourne Now celebrates the latest art, architecture, design, performance and cultural practice to reflect the complex creative landscape of Melbourne.
This ambitious and far-reaching exhibition across The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia and NGV International presents the various ways in which visual artists and creative practitioners profoundly contribute to the society in which we live, and to Melbourne as a city with a unique and dynamic cultural identity.
Melbourne Now is a collaborative, cross-disciplinary project that has involved staff from all areas of the NGV, as well as a team of guest curators and artistic collaborators whose expertise and networks represent the excellence and diversity of Melbourne’s cultural community. The exhibition includes a series of ‘exhibitions within the exhibition’: commissions for children and families, installations by artists engaging with the NGV collection, off-site and special projects and a Community Hall and garden inviting a wide range of community expression.
Callum Morton’s Habitat is an architectural model of a mass housing project built in Montreal for Expo 1967. Through his work, Morton presents a wry and humorous look at the intersection of public and private space, referencing both the extraordinary and the mundane qualities of our lives.
The Making of Nearamnew
Federation Square architects Lab architecture studio and Bates Smart, and artist Paul Carter have collaborated to create a public artwork in the main plaza of Federation Square. This work, entitled Nearamnew, acknowledges the cultural histories of the site through literal and metaphorical layers of meaning.
Architect & Designer
Celebrating the opening of NGV International, this exhibition showcases the work of leading Italian architect and designer Mario Bellini, the principal architect for the major NGV redevelopment.
Metropolis is an exhibition of international projection works created by artists who have used the idea of the city as a source of inspiration. These works explore the city as both a physical and psychological space, play with real and imagined spaces, and range from the poetic to the representational.
An Antipodean in Spain
This exhibition presents an extensive selection of Lindsay’s images of Spain which focus on its architecture, landscape and people. Images of Australian rural subjects are exhibited alongside them, enabling a comparison of Lindsay’s treatment of two countries which he thought shared many physical similarities.
Art Deco 1910–1939
Art Deco 1910–1939 is the fifth exhibition in the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series at the NGV and captures the spirit of the Art Deco period by combining important masterworks from the Victoria and Albert Museum’s acclaimed collection with public and private works from around the world.
The World Fairs 1851-1937
Great Exhibitions begins with the famous London Great Exhibition of 1851 and ends with the sophisticated Art Deco and modernist fairs of Paris 1925 and 1937. This exhibition is held in celebration of a magnificent gift of works to the NGV, many of which are featured in the exhibition.
Draw the Line
The Architecture of LAB
This exhibition presents the process of architectural design through the material of the Federation Square NGV archive together with LAB’s subsequent projects. It explains how architects think about their designs and how concepts and processes become realised as architecture. The exhibition consists of conceptual material, working drawings and models.