16 May 2014 – 31 Aug 2014
The holdings of Italian art in the Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid are unique and unrivalled in museums outside Italy. Drawn from its magnificent collection, this exhibition of over 70 paintings and 30 drawings presents a rich selection of works spanning 300 years of Italian art, from the early sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries.
10 May 2014 – 31 Aug 2014
Design Commission 2014
As part of the NGV commitment to design and children’s programming, Italian design duo Erika Zorzi and Matteo Sangalli of Mathery Studio have designed a new immersive kids space that broadens our appreciation of the simple act of drawing.
Pastello – Draw Act re-imagines traditional drawing tools and processes.
Children are invited to use their bodies to draw with their heads, feet and of course hands using crayon spheres and other unusual tools. They can be vigorous or considered to make their unique mark. Don’t expect the usual, do expect an experience that is fun, encourages experimentation and delights in gesture and expands understanding of the drawing process.
09 May 2014 – 31 Aug 2014
I never saw art as being a safe thing. I know that exists but that's not something that involves me. David McDiarmid, 1993
Defying classification, the work of David McDiarmid encompasses the complex and interconnected histories of art, craft, fashion, music, sex, gay liberation and identity politics; happily residing in the spaces between high and low art, popular culture and community engagement. At once kaleidoscopic, celebratory and darkly humorous in tone, the artist’s idiosyncratic, highly personal and at times, confessional work highlights the redefinition and deconstruction of identities – "from camp to gay to queer" – drawing on the experiences of a life intensely lived in Melbourne, Sydney and New York. Charting the shifts in politics and individual and community expression that unfold across the decades of the 1970s, 80s and 90s, this exhibition also reveals McDiarmid’s artistic and grassroots political response to the impact of HIV / AIDS during the 1980s and beyond, for which he is best known internationally.
This exhibition includes coarse language and sexual content.
09 May 2014 – 31 Aug 2014
Fashion Detective takes a selection of miscellaneous garments and accessories as the starting point for a series of investigations. Using material evidence and commissioned fictions as alternate interpretative strategies, the exhibition is an encounter with the art of detection.
01 May 2014 – 31 Aug 2014
Now in her 99th year, Inge King is one of our most senior artists. This exhibition presents the most complete survey of Inge’s remarkable career to date.
Since arriving in Australia in 1951, Inge King has been a major contributor to the development of abstract sculpture in this country. She has exhibited her work consistently in solo exhibitions and has participated in many group exhibitions. Her work is held in all major national collections and through her numerous public commissions she has become one of Australia’s best known and most prominent sculptors.
17 Apr 2014 – 24 Aug 2014
Sue Ford was a pioneer of Australian photography, and one of the most important practitioners to emerge in the wave of 1970s feminist photographers. This retrospective exhibition celebrates her artistic life and career. It brings together key photographs, digital prints, collages and films created over an almost fifty-year period, as well as important archival materials.
11 Apr 2014 – 20 Jul 2014
In 2014 the highly popular Top Arts celebrates its twentieth year at the NGV. The exhibition presents outstanding work by students who have completed Art or Studio Arts studies in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and provides insight into young people’s ideas, thinking and creative practices.
04 Apr 2014 – 31 Aug 2014
This exhibition will showcase the NGV’s acclaimed collection of works by William Blake which includes spectacular watercolours, single prints and illustrated books. Due to the material’s light sensitivity, these works are only infrequently exhibited and the exhibition provides the rare opportunity to see the Gallery’s complete holdings of Blake’s work which span his full career, from his earliest to his latest years.