Contemporary Art & Design

(left to right)
Giancarlo Piretti (designer), Anonima Castelli, Bologna (manufacturer) Plia folding chair 1969 (designed), 1970 (manufactured); Eero Aarnio (designer), Asko International, Lahti (manufacturer) Globe chair 1963-65 (designed); 1960s (manufactured); Pierre Paulin (designer), Artifort, Maastricht (manufacturer) Ribbon chair, model no. 582 1966 (designed), c.1971 (manufactured); Roberta Di Camerino (fashion house), Guiliana Di Camerino (designer) Evening dress c.1964; Frank O. Gehry (designer), Vitra, Weil am Rhein (manufacturer) Wiggle side chair 1972 (designed), 2001 (manufactured)

The NGV’s newly opened Contemporary Art & Design gallery showcases key art and design movements from the 1960s to the present day. The displays encompass a broad spectrum of practice, including furniture, ceramics, glass, metalwork, jewellery, fashion, textiles, paintings and works on paper.

The gallery includes a number of newly acquired works, including the FF1 chair by the Belgian design duo Fox and Freeze, made from a single piece of felt folded into shape, and Philippe Starck’s iconic Juicy salif lemon squeezer, for Alessi. The displays move back in time from the most contemporary to the exuberant colour and pattern of the 1960s. Exciting moments include the studio glass, mounted up a wall in an entirely mirrored box, and a wall of 1980s Memphis madness, complete with Memphis laminate designs lining the Memphis display cases.

The Contemporary Art & Design gallery is generously supported by Max and Charlotte Moffatt and Family.


NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road
Contemporary Art & Design
Level 3