The NGV has an ambitious vision and commitment to contemporary art in all its forms. We are committed to providing diverse and dynamic opportunities for audiences to engage with the art of our time and to support artists working today.
We do this through the research and development of the NGV’s collection of contemporary Australian and International art, and the development of exhibitions and commissions, public programs and events, academic and community engagement.
New initiatives in support of contemporary art include major exhibitions and projects as part of our Contemporary Summer Series, the Federation Court Series of contemporary commissions, and the establishment of the inaugural NGV Triennial, scheduled for 2017.
In Focus: Eternity-Buddha in Nirvana…
A short introduction by NGV curators to Xu Zhen’s monumental installation Eternity-Buddha in Nirvana…, 2016–17 that combines replicas of famous Buddhist and Western classical sculptures.
In Focus: Victoria Amazonica
NGV curators introduce Victoria Amazonica, 2017 – a vividly colourful architectural structure drawing upon shared motifs from across cultures and geographies referencing waterways, on display in NGV’s Waterwall. This work is a collaboration between Fernando and Humberto Campana, Yarrenyty Arltere Artists, the Centre for Appropriate Technology and Alice Springs based designer Elliat Rich.
O Proud Death
Universal truths about life and death are uncovered through Shakespearian excerpts performed within Mass by actors from Bell Shakespeare. Capacity is limited, please arrive early to secure a place. ACTORS Dan Spielman has established a reputation as one of Australia’s leading theatre, film and television actors. Dan was most recently seen in the Network Ten […]
Walk+Talk: Cross Pollination – When Art and Science Meet
Award-winning science journalist, best-selling author and environmental campaigner Tanya Ha explores the contributions science and art make to each other, and asks the question, can art and design help save the planet? Tanya Ha is an award-winning science journalist, best-selling author and environmental campaigner. She is a media commentator on science and environmental topics, and […]
Walk+Talk: Black Chronicles
How do artists in the NGV Triennial question the intersection of gender, queerness, class and race, and how does their work chronicle modern black life? With African artist collective Still Nomads, explore race, visibility and erasure set against a context of blackness.
What Can You Say in 15 Minutes?
How much can you cover in 15 minutes? Tackle the NGV Triennial head-on with 15 minutes of ideas followed by 15 minutes of audience led enquiry.
Stories of Leaving & Arriving
True stories of leaving home, family or friends behind, and arriving after a long journey feature in this line-up of storytellers, hosted by comedian, actor and writer Dilruk Jayasinha. HOST Dilruk Jayasinha hails from Sri Lanka, relocating to Melbourne to attend university. Having completed a degree in accounting, he started working for one of the […]
Members Summer Party
NGV Members and their guests are invited to experience the ground level of NGV Triennial after-hours including live Moroccan music, pop-up talks, drop-by art activities and summer inspired food and drinks all night.
Paris-based, Australian artist Mel O’Callaghan’s two-channel video installation Ensemble shows the human body protesting against the violence of other humans, and triumphing. Exhibition curator Jane Devery shares the story behind this work, its reception in Paris at the Centre Pompidou and the Institut d’Art Contemporain Villeurbanne/ Rhône-Alpes, and its premiere in Australia at the NGV.