11 Oct 2013 – 27 Oct 2013
Disarm is Mexican artist Pedro Reyes's response to global civilian warfare, the result of the illicit arms trafficking that claims many lives daily. Using parts from thousands of weapons confiscated by the Mexican government, Reyes has worked with local artisans to create an ensemble of forty-seven ingenious instruments including electric guitars fashioned from assault weapons, drum sets from pistols, flutes from shotguns and a harmonica carved from a handgun. Disarm is an inspired model of symbolic transformation, and a bold declaration: make art not war!
Pedro Reyes: Disarm is part of the Melbourne Festival
28 Sep 2013 – 27 Oct 2013
Melbourne has long been recognised for its diverse independent music scene. A major strength is the relationship between local musicians and visual artists. Many musicians are also practising artists, and artists from both genres often inform and inspire one another’s activites. Wired for Melbourne Sound presents a broad exhibition that reflects the creativity that exists within the music scene and provides an insight into this vibrant, if lesser known, aspect of the cultural life of Melbourne.
10 Aug 2013 – 27 Oct 2013
This exhibition celebrates the recent donation to the NGV of a substantial collection of British, American and European prints dating from the 1960s to the 1990s. Donated by Dr Douglas Kagi, the collection has a strong representation of British Pop art of the 1960s and 1970s, as well as the prints of many major contemporary artists working in Britain, America and Europe. Print Works: The Douglas Kagi Donation presents work by Frank Stella, Donald Sultan, Richard Hamilton, Eduardo Poalozzi, Howard Hodgkin, Antoni Tàpies and Mimmo Paladino, among others.
10 Aug 2013 – 20 Oct 2013
NGV Collection Focus
During the 1990s, Indigenous Australian women emerged as artists of astonishing innovation and eloquence, a phenomenon that has positioned them at the forefront of contemporary Indigenous art practice. The eight senior Indigenous masters of light and colour represented in this special NGV Collection Focus inform their paintings with profound knowledge and cultural memory of Country and its sanctity. The works evidence the artists’ embodied experiences that are both physical and mnemonic and which predated European contact and its consequent cultural and intellectual assail. These intrepid practitioners of contemporary art have simultaneously come to the fore in two distinct cultural and geographical regions of Indigenous Australia: the vast inland deserts and a tiny island in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Queensland.
27 Jul 2013 – 15 Sep 2013
Ian Strange: Suburban is a multifaceted photography, film and installation exhibition created by New York-based Australian artist Ian Strange. Since 2011 Strange has worked with filmmakers and volunteers in Ohio, Detroit, Alabama, New Jersey, New York and New Hampshire to create, photograph and film seven site specific interventions incorporating suburban homes. The recording of these interventions through film and photographic documentation forms the basis of this new and groundbreaking exhibition.
15 Jun 2013 – 06 Oct 2013
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.
17 May 2013 – 15 Sep 2013
Robin Rhode is a South African artist based in Berlin who works in photography, animation, drawing and performance. The Call of Walls is an exhibition of new works that derive inspiration from the streets and politics of his hometown Johannesburg. Rhode’s witty, engaging and poetic works make reference to hip-hop and graffiti art; to the histories of modernism; and to the act of creative expression itself.
A special exhibition for youth and families will accompany Rhode’s photographs and animations. This unique project extends the artist’s interest in wall drawing and encourages participants to come together to draw and colour in an interactive installation of large-scale paste-ups.
This exhibition is generously supported by the Joan and Peter Clemenger Trust.
10 May 2013 – 08 Sep 2013
“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.
Book online: http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/
03 May 2013 – 30 Sep 2013
Céleste Boursier-Mougenot is a French artist and composer who creates large-scale acoustic installations and environments which draw upon forces of nature and the rhythms of everyday life to produce new forms of art and music.
In its unification of colour, sound and space, clinamen encourages a form of multi-sensory or ‘synaesthetic’ engagement with the work of art.
11 Apr 2013 – 01 Sep 2013
Mix Tape 1980s: Appropriation, Subculture, Critical Style explores a decade of dynamic change in contemporary art and culture, from appropriation and sampling in painting and music to the DIY aesthetics of post-punk music, art and fashion; and from postmodern critiques of history, authorship and originality to postcolonial revisions of Australian history and identity.
21 Mar 2013 – 07 Jul 2013
Top Arts 2013 presents the work of forty-three of our freshest and most inspiring young artists.
An annual event at the National Gallery of Victoria since 1994, Top Arts is an exhibition of outstanding work by students who have completed Art or Studio Arts studies in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) in the previous year. This year sees some exciting developments for Top Arts which for the first time is displayed in NGV Studio, the Gallery’s popular and dynamic contemporary art space at NGV Australia.
16 Mar 2013 – 28 Jul 2013
Dior and Yamamoto: The New Look is a small exhibition that considers two pivotal moments in the history of fashion through designers Christian Dior and Yohji Yamamoto.
16 Mar 2013 – 29 Sep 2013
The new Indigenous exhibition demonstrates the physical, spiritual and ecological importance of the four elements of nature to Indigenous people. Using the four architecturally discrete spaces of the Indigenous ground-floor galleries, each space is devoted to describing the Dreaming associations and Ancestral narratives related to fire, water, earth and wind across media.
01 Mar 2013 – 01 Sep 2013
TASTE , an installation by Aleks Danko explores the idea of beauty and who decides what good taste is and how an art audience can be DUH-HEADS!Children receive an Aleks Danko mask and are invited to respond to the art works on display by drawing their DUH-HEAD!
14 Feb 2013 – 21 Jul 2013
Bea Maddock is one of Australia’s most acclaimed artists, recognised in particular for her innovative and evocative prints. This exhibition examines her long career through works selected from the NGV’s strong holdings, spanning her early prints of the 1960s, the incorporation of photo-etching and mass-media imagery in the 1970s, and her profound explorations of existentialism, humanism and Australia’s contested histories, in particular her masterpiece, the panoramic drawing TERRA SPIRITUS … with a darker shade of pale (1993–98).
12 Feb 2013 – 16 Jun 2013
In the 1950s, tree-lined Collins Street was considered Melbourne’s epicentre of style. Here, exclusive salons and millinery houses reigned over fashionable society by selling custom-made luxury to a discerning clientele. Photographers also contributed to the glamour of the precinct.
22 Dec 2012 – 02 Sep 2013
The NGV’s newly opened Contemporary Asian & Pacific Art gallery focusses on art practice that is part of a global art world, yet geographically closer to Australia than Europe or North America.
08 Dec 2012 – 17 Feb 2013
just sing what you feel is an exciting installation by Melbourne artist Jon Campbell, encouraging people of all ages to contribute to, and play with, contemporary art and music. Drawing inspiration from suburban life, everyday language, and rock ‘n’ roll, Jon Campbell takes motifs from Australian culture and represents them in a colourful, pop art style. His art encourages us to look closely at the world around us and to find meaning and beauty in the everyday. Come to the exhibition to play, sing, and make art together.
Supported by Monica and Peter Edwards.
30 Nov 2012 – 17 Mar 2013
Jeff Wall is one of the most influential and outstanding contemporary photographers working today. He has frequently been called a modern storyteller, and his work is shaped by his profound awareness of Western art and literature. One strand of his practice is conceptual and involves small-scale, thoughtful observations of ‘things’ that appear to have been photographed in situ. The other strand comprises more complex activities, generally including people that are then meticulously re-enacted for the camera. This is a unique opportunity to see the Canadian-born artist’s work in Melbourne. Spanning 1978 to 2010, the exhibition features 26 photographs drawn from throughout his career including several large scale works and major light box transparency works such as After 'Invisible Man’ by Ralph Ellison, the Prologue 1999–2000 and the extraordinary, A Sudden Gust of Wind (after Hokusai) 1993.
Organised by the Art Gallery of Western Australia in association with the National Gallery of Victoria
Book online ngv.vic.gov.au/jeffwallphotographs. Exhibition ticket will also provide entry to Thomas Demand
30 Nov 2012 – 17 Mar 2013
Organised with The Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
Thomas Demand is regarded as one of the world’s leading contemporary artists whose work in photography and, most recently stop-animation films, is at the forefront of contemporary art.
Book online ngv.vic.gov.au/thomasdemand. Exhibition ticket will also provide entry to Jeff Wall Photographs
23 Nov 2012 – 21 Jul 2013
Thrown: Studio ceramics from the Kenneth Hood Bequest is a tribute to a connoisseur and passionate collector who had a wide-ranging but focussed approach to his collecting. Kenneth Hood was interested in both international and Australian ceramic artists and his passion was collecting thrown stoneware pieces created in a studio environment. Hood’s collection is comprehensive and, with the addition of works acquired through his Bequest Fund, provides the opportunity for a detailed examination of both the history and the development of Australian studio ceramics.
23 Nov 2012 – 21 Jul 2013
The Cicely & Colin Rigg Contemporary Design Award is a generous legacy of the late Colin Rigg (1895-1982), a former Secretary of the Felton Bequests' Committee. This ‘Award of Excellence’ focuses on contemporary design practice in the state of Victoria and is a reflection of the NGV’s continuing support for and commitment to contemporary design. It is arguably the richest and most prestigious prize ever offered to a contemporary designer in Australia, with a prize of $30,000. Held every three years, each exhibition is devoted to a particular design discipline. The past five exhibitions, in 1994, 1997, 2003, 2006, and 2009 represented ceramics, metalwork, textiles, jewellery and furniture design respectively. In 2012 the exhibition is dedicated to vessels and the notion of containment.
The Cicely & Colin Rigg Contemporary Design Award is generously supported by the Cicely & Colin Rigg Bequest, managed by ANZ Trustees.
The National Gallery of Victoria congratulates Marian Hosking as the recipient of the 2012 Cicely & Colin Rigg Contemporary Design Award for her work Clearing.
16 Nov 2012 – 17 Mar 2013
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.
Book now at http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/radiance
03 Nov 2012 – 19 May 2013
Ballet & Fashion is a joint project between The Australian Ballet and the NGV that showcases some of the most successful collaborations between fashion designers and dance companies over the past three decades. Designing for dance is a remarkably different process than creating for the runway. By embracing the tradition of the tutu or expanding a company’s repertoire with challenging styles, materials and forms, designers have reshaped the look of dance and ballet for the contemporary stage.
18 Oct 2012 – 01 Apr 2013
Jompet Kuswidananto and Eko Nugroho are members of the art community that centres on the vibrant central Java city of Yogyakarta in Indonesia. Jompet is an installation artist, while Nugroho works across diverse media; creating paintings, murals and handmade comic books, contemporary updates of the tradition of shadow puppet theatre, and collaborations with local craftspeople to produce embroideries. As a pairing, they shine light on the effervescent contemporary Indonesian art scene and present a wide-ranging, yet precise snapshot of this world.
17 Oct 2012 – 28 Oct 2012
Since 2010, Sierra's global art project has traversed the world, commissioning the construction of giant letters from materials of local importance, and then publicly – and dramatically – destroying them. Having built and torn down structures in cities around the world, the project now comes to Melbourne for the destruction of the tenth and final letter.
05 Oct 2012 – 03 Mar 2013
Photography has the uncanny ability to make the strange, uncomfortable and awkward seem plausible, to suggest a confounding alternative reality. The photographers in this exhibition use found objects in macabre still lives, propose perplexing narratives using models and dolls, employ a variety of techniques to create disturbing portraits and construct a fantastic reality based on art, science and imagination.
14 Sep 2012 – 18 Nov 2012
Experimenta Speak to Me, 5th International Biennial of Media Art considers what it means, at this time, to be together. How do we consider our new relationships to the world, technology and each other? What does this connectedness offer us?
At the NGV, My voice would reach you by Japanese artist Meiro Koizumi will screen daily (excluding Tuesdays) until 17 November 2012.
07 Dec 2012 – 17 Feb 2013
Eddie Zammit is something of a T-shirt hunter. He owns well over 4,000 of them. ‘I have enough tees to wear one a day for over a decade’, he proudly announces. A collaboration between Just Another, NGV Studio and T-world, TEES: Exposing Melbourne’s T-shirt culture examines and dissects the city’s passion for cotton through Zammit’s eyes. Featuring photography by Nicole Reed, TEES includes visual content on Melbourne’s influential artists, brands and designers. Visitors will also see some classic local tees and prominent Melbourne T-shirt souvenirs. Zammit has dug deep into his T-shirt collection to uncover influential items that demonstrate the power of the city’s T-shirt past.
28 Sep 2012 – 24 Feb 2013
This exhibition brings together a selection of contemporary art from the NGV Collection acquired through the Victorian Foundation for Living Australian Artists. Reflecting the breadth of artistic practice in Australia over the past decade, Negotiating this world: Contemporary Australian Art includes more than 100 works by contemporary artists of diverse cultural backgrounds and practices.
The exhibition will coincide with the 10 year anniversary of the opening of The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia.