Featuring the work of over 100 artists and designers from 32 countries, the NGV Triennial surveys the world of art and design, across cultures, scales, geographies and perspectives. A free exhibition, the NGV Triennial is a celebration of contemporary art and design practice that traverses all four levels of NGV International, as well as offering […]
Van Gogh and the Seasons
Melbourne Winter Masterpieces 2017
The National Gallery of Victoria, in partnership with Art Exhibitions Australia, presents Van Gogh and the Seasons for the 2017 Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition. Curated by Sjraar van Heugten, independent art historian and former Head of Collections at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Van Gogh and the Seasons is exclusive to Melbourne and presents the […]
MoMA at NGV
130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art
The National Gallery of Victoria, in partnership with The Museum of Modern Art, New York, presents MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art as the 2018 Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition. MoMA at NGV provides a unique survey of the Museum’s iconic collection. Consisting of over 200 key works, arranged chronologically into eight […]
The You Beaut Country
John Olsen is one of Australia’s greatest living artists. Born in Newcastle NSW in 1928, Olsen is well known for his energetic and distinctive painting style and in particular for his lyrical depiction of the landscape. He is a major figure in the story of Australian art and his unique and sensual pictorial language presents […]
The Moving Garden
Taiwanese-American artist Lee Mingwei is internationally recognised as one of the leading creators of art which invites audience participation. The NGV presents his acclaimed piece The Moving Garden 2009-present, an artwork that creates new, unexpected encounters in the city. Lee’s artwork is highly participatory, and invites audiences into one-on-one interactions, such as bringing in an […]
The NGV presents a major solo exhibition of one of the most influential living artists, David Hockney: Current. The exhibition, curated by the NGV in collaboration with David Hockney and his studio, features over 1200 works from the past decade of the artist’s career – some new and many never-before-seen in Australia – including paintings, […]
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.
Australian Impressionists in France
For the first time, the story of the Australian artists who lived in France during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries is presented in an exhibition of over 120 stunning works of art. Australian Impressionists in France challenges our understanding of Australian art during these revolutionary decades.
Monet’s Garden: The Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris
“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.”
Monet’s Garden is a stunning exhibition devoted to Claude Monet’s iconic garden at Giverny. Renowned as the ‘father of French Impressionism’, Monet was inspired by his direct experiences of nature, culminating in the ravishing depictions of his lily and flower gardens in the rural property at Giverny, northern France, that became his lifelong obsession. Step into the extraordinary this winter for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see these masterpieces in Australia, exclusive to Melbourne.
Be inspired by the vibrant beauty of the luminous landscapes, glittering Parisian cityscapes and stunning portraits in this survey of the Neo-Impressionist movement. Forging a new path in the mid 1880s, Georges Seurat moved away from the earlier style of the French Impressionists, who had favoured the capturing of natural light and the first impression brought by a particular scene. Seurat preferred instead a more ordered and ‘scientific’ method of painting. This new method saw him place individual dabs of colour side by side on the canvas, rather than mixing colours together. When contrasting colours are placed side by side in this way, they oscillate against each other, creating an effect of shimmering light in the viewer’s eye. This regular repetition of colour touches brought an almost abstract visual rhythm across the painted canvas. Rejecting naturalism and the illusion of perspective, Neo-Impressionism later evolved towards ever more striking colour harmonies. The exhibition features spectacular paintings by Seurat, Paul Signac, Maximilien Luce and Théo van Rysselberghe among others, and is the first of its kind to be staged in Australia.
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This exhibition is a comprehensive survey of the work of Fred Kruger (1831–88), a German migrant to Victoria with a highly distinctive command of photographic language. Kruger’s detailed and compelling images draw us into an intimate experience of the landscape and are achieved through his orchestration of people within natural environments.
A National Gallery of Australia Exhibition
Fred Williams pioneered a new vision of the Australian landscape, and became one of the most important Australian artists of the twentieth century. This exhibition highlights Williams’ strength as a painter including important oil paintings and luminous gouaches to reveal his distinctive approach. He sought inspiration from the unique landscapes of places such Upwey in Victoria, Tasmania’s Bass Strait and the arid Pilbara region of Western Australia, drawing on the abstract qualities of the distant horizons of this vast country.
Napoleon: Revolution to Empire
Open 10am-5pm daily, until 9pm Wednesdays
Napoleon: Revolution to Empire is a panoramic exhibition examining French art, culture and life from the 1770s to the 1820s. Its story runs from the first French voyages of discovery to Australia during the reign of Louis XV to the end of Napoleon’s transforming leadership as first Emperor of France. Book now at http://www.ticketmaster.com.au/napoleon
This Wondrous Land
Colonial Art on Paper
This exhibition will showcase the NGV’s outstanding collection of nineteenth-century Australian works on paper. Spanning the period from early settlement in the late eighteenth century through to the Federation of Australia in 1901, the exhibition will celebrate the Collection’s great riches while charting the specific development of the graphic arts in the colonies.
Eugene von Guérard
The exhibition will place von Guérard in the artistic and scientific contexts of the major European art centres in which he studied – Rome, Naples and Düsseldorf – and will explore the dynamic role of each centre to his singular vision of landscape painting and to the way he interpreted the Australian landscape.
Seeing the Centre
The art of Albert Namatjira 1902-1959
Albert Namatjira is one of Australia’s best-known artists, whose landscape paintings are iconic images synonymous with the Australian outback. Through his intense scrutiny of specific places and his sensitive response to their individual qualities, Namatjira enables us to see the Centre as a multi-faceted region of Australia.
Charles Conder 1868-1909
Charles Conder was one of the key founders of the Heidelberg school of Australian Impressionism. This exhibition traces his career in Australia and Europe and features his Australian, French and English plein air landscapes, portraits and lithographs, as well as his ornamental paintings on silk.
Photographs of the Landscape 1840s to 1980s
Drawn from the NGV Collection, this exhibition features the work of some of the most celebrated international and Australian landscape photographers. Through a fascinating collection of works that span 140 years of landscape photography, this exhibition explores the emotional spectrum that nature can inspire.
John Glover and the Colonial Picturesque
John Glover (1767–1849) was arguably the most important landscape painter working outside Europe in the 1830s and is widely recognised as the finest Australian landscape painter of the early colonial period. This exhibition presents more than 100 of the artist’s works including paintings, watercolours, drawings, prints and sketchbooks.
Our community responds
The awe, terror and tragedy of bushfire have been constant themes in the creation of our national imagery. This exhibition presents a selection of works of art dating back to 1859 which capture the immense effect bushfires have had on the Australian environment and its people.
This is the first large-scale exhibition of Man Ray’s photography to be presented in Australia. Reflecting the most influential and productive years of Man Ray’s photographic output, most of the 200 works in the exhibition comprise vintage photographs made between 1917 and 1939.
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.
Mountains and Streams
Chinese Paintings from the Asian Collection
China’s magnificent scenery of mountains and streams has inspired Chinese scholars, poets and painters for thousands of years. Drawing on the NGV’s Asian art collection, this exhibition focuses on the period from the 14th century to the present day and examines the worship of mountains as sacred places in China.
From the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
This exhibition offers audiences the richest survey of 17th century Dutch art ever staged in Australia. The exhibition brings together more than 100 works and decorative objects by great artists such as Johannes Vermeer, Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Pieter de Hooch and Jan Steen.
From the Collection
This exhibition explores the diversity and continuity of drawing practice from the 15th century until the present day. It traces the different ways drawing has been used by painters, sculptors and designers and highlights both formal and conceptual connections between drawing practices across time.