Continuing the NGV’s representation of current tendencies in contemporary art, The Kaleidoscopic Turn brings together works by artists working with colour, light, sound, movement and space. Drawn from the NGV’s collection and featuring a number of recent acquisitions, The Kaleidoscopic Turn resonates with references to various artistic legacies of the 20th century from Op art to colourfield painting, offering a range of multi-sensory experiences including immersive installations, kinetic sculptures, video art, works on paper and painting in its diverse and expanded forms.
Tracing connections between a range of artists experimenting with pattern, repetition, light, colour, movement, space and various optical and kinetic effects from the 1960s to now, The Kaleidoscopic Turn aims to provoke active engagement with its audience in intense and lively ways. Whilst focusing largely on contemporary Australian art, The Kaleidoscopic Turn will include a selection of works by international figures, such as Bridget Riley’s dynamic experiments in Op Art, Martha Boto’s kinetic sculptures and Zilvinas Kempinas’s dazzling air and video tape installation. In doing so, The Kaleidoscopic Turn will explore the nature of perception from diverse artistic positions.
Artists in the exhibition include Martha Boto, Angela Bulloch, Eugene Carchesio, Olafur Eliasson, Marco Fusinato, Briony Galligan and Rafaella McDonald, Diena Georgetti, David Harley, Melinda Harper, Matt Hinkley, Robert Hunter, Zilvinas Kempinas,Ross Manning, Anne-Marie May, Elizabeth Newman, Johnny Niesche, John Nixon, Tomislav Nikolic, Bridget Riley, Sandra Selig, Jesus Soto, David Thomas, Jan Van der Ploeg and Victor Vasarely among others.