NGV Collection
International art

The second marriage (1963)
oil, gouache and collage of torn wallpaper on canvas
197.8 x 228.7 cm irreg.
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented by the Contemporary Art Society of London, 1965
© David Hockney

Art as Therapy

28 Mar – 28 Sep 2014
NGV International

Art as Therapy is a self-guided tour focusing on selected works currently displayed at NGV International. The tour recontextualises these works from the NGV Collection with special captions that challenge visitors’ assumptions about themselves, society and how we view art in galleries.

The tour has been developed in association with philosophers Alain de Botton and John Armstrong from the School of Life. At its heart is the idea that art can have a powerfully therapeutic effect and be enjoyed not only for where it came from or who made it, but also for what it can do for our concerns regarding work, love, status, mortality and sometimes tricky relationships.

Art as Therapy mobile website 

The Tour

NGV Collection works are identified on the map available for download in pdf format and online from the mobile site by choosing a topic and selecting a proposition to consider.

Visitors will find two labels beside each work featured in the tour at NGV International. The label on the left, written by a curator from the NGV, lists details of the work and its acquisition and discusses it in an art-historical context. The label on the right, written by Alain de Botton and John Armstrong, is part of the Art as Therapy tour and re-examines the work in relation to some of the concerns and assumptions experienced in everyday life. Examples of Art as Therapy tour labels are included in the map brochure.

Download the free Art as Therapy iPhone and Android app

The Art as Therapy app designed for mobile devices features works of art from the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria.

Download from iTunes and Google Play Store:

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Art as Therapy