• 01 Nov 2014 – 23 Nov 2014

    The Instrument Builders ProjectCollaborations in Sound by Indonesian and Australian Artists

    NGV Studio hosts the first Australian iteration of The Instrument Builders Project (IBP), an experimental collaborative project between Australian and Indonesian artists and musicians curated by Kristi Monfries and Joel Stern.

  • 14 Nov 2014 – 01 Mar 2015

    David ShrigleyLife and Life Drawing

    In the summer of 2014–15, NGV presents David Shrigley: Life and Life Drawing, a comprehensive exhibition – his first major survey in Australia – of new and recent work by the internationally renowned Glasgow-based artist. Shrigley is perhaps best known for his stripped back, darkly humourous and deliberately crude drawings that explore existential dramas, human dysfunction and anxiety.

  • 14 Nov 2014 – 19 Apr 2015

    Alex Prager

    Alex Prager is an American photographer and film maker. In her elaborately conceived staged photographs, Prager openly references the aesthetics of mid-twentieth century American cinema and photography. Each of her lush colour images resembles a film still – entirely constructed and packed with emotion and human melodrama. In her film work she extends on her photographic practice, moving from the directorial mode in photography to directing an elaborately constructed film. Both aspects of her practice pair the banal and fantastic, the everyday and the theatrical, real life and cinematic representation in lush, richly coloured tableaux .

    Alex Prager lives and works in Los Angeles.

  • 21 Nov 2014 – 01 Mar 2015

    Emily FloydThe Dawn

    Emily Floyd: The Dawn is a survey exhibition of the work of Melbourne based artist Emily Floyd. The exhibition will feature keynote works dating from 2001 to 2014 including major installations, lesser-known early works and a newly commissioned kid's project based on Feminist activism from the 1970s and 80s. Working in sculpture, installation, printmaking and public art, Floyd is renowned for her text-based sculptures and pedagogically-inspired works which combine formal concerns with an interest in the legacies of modernism.

  • 05 Dec 2014 – 06 Apr 2015

    Takahiro Iwasaki: Itsukushima Reflection ModelFrom the NGV Collection

    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. In recent years, his artworks have been featured in numerous international art fairs and major exhibitions, with sculptures from his reflection model series receiving the greatest attention. 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. Playing with this striking visual relationship Iwasaki constructs precise three dimensional models that are exhibited suspended, in a way that combines the actual building with its illusionary reflection to create one complete form. The NGV is currently commissioning the third, most recent, and largest to date, edition to this seven part series, that focuses on the sixth century Shinto shrine of Itsukushima that rests on the tidal flats of Japan’s Inland Sea.

  • thumbnail 06 Dec 2014 – 22 Feb 2015

    Mambo30 Years of Shelf-indulgence

    Our country’s most irreverent brand - Mambo - has turned 30 years old. With its idiosyncratic Australian sense of humour and perverse national pride, Mambo has seemingly grown up.

    Mambo: 30 Years of Shelf-indulgence presents all the ideas, key elements and oddities that have made it one of Australia's most memorable brands. The exhibition sees NGV Studio housing the largest collection of Mambo works ever assembled, ranging from way back in 1984 to the present day, including original artworks, developmental works (some never seen before) and a retrospective of the most-loved pieces produced during its history.

  • 06 Dec 2014 – 15 Mar 2015

    The Sacred and the ProfaneChallenges and Possibilities in Renaissance Art

    In the fifteenth century, the art, architecture, literature and science of ancient Greece and Rome were rediscovered, and inspired the complex and extraordinary cultural phenomenon that was Renaissance art. As ancient sculptures were unearthed in Italy, artists copied them in marble, in paint and on paper. At the same time, they revolutionised figure drawing by studying the anatomy and movement of bodies, and rendering them with unprecedented accuracy. The NGV’s Old Master paintings, drawings and prints in this exhibition show the diversity of approaches to the figure in art, including works by Albrecht Dürer, Annibale Carracci and Peter Paul Rubens.

    This exhibition has been organised by the NGV and Warrambool Art Gallery

  • 28 Feb 2015 – 31 Dec 2015

    Nordic Cool: Modernist DesignFrom the NGV Collection

    For many, the streamlined aesthetic of Scandinavian design, with its functional but humanist qualities and truth to materials, epitomises twentieth century modernism. Drawing on the NGV’s rich collection of Nordic design, much of which was acquired in 1952 by the Felton Bequest, this exhibition celebrates an iconic organic aesthetic that is arguably defined by the principles of Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto, from the early twentieth century. The exhibition looks at the period of the 1920s to 1960s and will showcase leading manufacturers and their designers, encompassing ceramics, glass, silver, furniture, textiles and lighting.

  • 06 Mar 2015 – 12 Jul 2015

    Shifting gearDesign, Innovation and the Australian Car

    In a first for an Australian art institution, the National Gallery of Victoria hosts an exhibition of cars in 2015. Shifting Gear: Design, Innovation and the Australian Car presents some of our most iconic vehicles as objects of art and design. This exhibition celebrates Australia’s important and proud history of automobile design and engineering and reflects on the heyday of the Australian car industry. It also looks to the future of the automobile industry in this country and the shift from manufacturing, which has primarily serviced a local market, to being a global contributor through specialist expertise.

  • 19 Mar 2015 – 28 Jun 2015

    StArt UpTop Arts 2015

    For over twenty one years, this popular exhibition has presented outstanding work by students who have completed Art or Studio Arts studies in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), providing insight into young people’s ideas, thinking and creative practices. StArt Up: Top Arts 2015 is displayed in NGV Studio, the Gallery’s dynamic contemporary art space at NGV Australia at Federation Square and features folios, developmental material and preparatory work as part of the installation. StArt Up: Top Arts 2015 presents the work of our freshest and most inspiring young artists and builds on a well-earned reputation for being one of the liveliest and most visited exhibitions on the NGV calendar.

  • 20 Mar 2015 – 23 Aug 2015

    The Kaleidoscopic TurnFrom the NGV Collection

    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.

  • 02 Apr 2015 – 12 Jul 2015

    Exquisite Threads: English Embroidery 1600s–1900sFrom the NGV Collection

    Embroidery has long held a significant role in the history of English textiles. This exhibition will chart the distinctive highlights of English embroidery over three hundred years from the seventeenth through to the early twentieth century. The National Gallery of Victoria owns a fine collection of the work of English domestic and professional embroiderers dating from the Stuart dynasty to modern times. Many of these works, including an exceptional raised needlework picture from the mid-seventeenth century and samplers spanning some three centuries, have not been displayed for generations.

  • 02 Apr 2015 – 16 Aug 2015

    John WolseleyHeartlands and Headwaters

    This exhibition presents John Wolseley’s exploration of the waterways and wetlands of Australia, a subject he has developed over the past six years, in a major series of monumentally-scaled works on paper. Over twenty large-scale works (three, six and ten metres in length) investigate the varieties of Australian water-forms, from mangrove swamps in Roebuck Bay, Western Australia to the flood plains of Garannalli in the Northern Territory, the Finke River in the Simpson Desert (South Australia) and the sphagnum swamps of Skullbone Plains in Tasmania. The works map the different geographical features and unique plant and animal forms of these wetlands in the finely detailed drawing and richly coloured, atmospheric watercolour washes that characterise Wolseley’s work. Environmental concerns and the indigenous significance of these sites are key to any readings of these works, as is the artist’s interest in evoking concepts of evolutionary time and the emotional connection or disconnection people feel with the earth.

  • 02 Apr 2015 – 12 Jul 2015

    Fortune’s Wheel: The Pre-Raphaelite BrotherhoodFrom the NGV Collection

    The NGV’s holdings of works by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and their close associates are world renowned. They are richly varied and represent all media in which this remarkable group of artists worked. The collection reflects the role of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in the Arts and Crafts movement in Britain, their place in the development of the illustrated book and their profound influence on later generations of artists.

  • 24 Apr 2015 – 16 Aug 2015

    Follow the FlagAustralian Artists at War 1914–45

    Follow the Flag: Australian Artists at War 1914–45 is the NGV’s contribution to the rich and diverse cultural offerings being presented to the Victorian public in 2015 to mark the centenary of the landing at Gallipoli Cove. In response to this important moment in Australian history, the Gallery presents a major exhibition showing the work of Australian artists who drew on their experiences of war between 1914 and 1945.

  • 15 May 2015 – 23 Aug 2015

    TransmissionLegacies of the Television Age

    Transmission is an exhibition of artists engaging with television.  It brings together a range of works from the 1960s, when television was becoming a mass medium with the potential for the widespread distribution of information, to today. It examines different responses, some critical and some celebratory, to television and the age of visual broadcasting.