Destiny Deacon is one of Australia’s boldest and most acclaimed contemporary artist
This exhibition explores drawings and markings of figures, signs or text made on public surfaces across Indigenous Australia, from rock…
In February 2019, a group of artists living and working on Mer commenced work on a collection of contemporary bamboo…
AN NGV TOURING EXHIBITION BENDIGO ART GALLERY 17 AUG – 17 NOV 2019 The exhibition is mainly based on the…
From Bark to Neon: Indigenous Art from the NGV Collection celebrates Indigenous art in Australia.
Colony: Frontier Wars explores the period of colonisation in Australia from 1788 onwards and its often devastating effects on First…
‘Coya’ (Little One) is the name Claudia Moodoonuthi’s Kaiadilt family on Bentinck Island have always called her, and still use…
Past Legacy: Present Tense looks at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from city and bush studios who have made…
Discover the works of a broad range of Indigenous women artists whose practice is unbounded by convention.
This exciting collection display showcases the amazing arts and diverse cultures of the Pacific, New Zealand and Australia, across time,…
This ngatu (painted tapa) exhibition consists of three monumental bark cloth wall hangings created by contemporary artists, Robin White and…
This exhibition of new large-scale photographic works draws attention to the devastating impact, truth and reality of the colonisation and…
Australian Rules Football has taken over the NGV! The Hermannsburg Potters have created twenty pots depicting some of the AFL’s…
Indigenous Art: Moving Backwards into the Future is an interdisciplinary exhibition that features more than 100 of the finest Aboriginal…
This multi-disciplinary collection display continues the Melbourne Now focus on contemporary Indigenous art practice, but expands the compass from greater Melbourne to the length and breadth of Indigenous Australia.
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, Queenslan
Melbourne Now celebrates the latest art, architecture, design, performance and cultural practice to reflect the complex creative landscape of Melbourne.
This ambitious and far-reaching exhibition across The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia and NGV International presents the various ways in which visual artists and creative practitioners profoundly contribute to the society in which we live, and to Melbourne as a city with a unique and dynamic cultural identity.
Melbourne Now is a collaborative, cross-disciplinary project that has involved staff from all areas of the NGV, as well as a team of guest curators and artistic collaborators whose expertise and networks represent the excellence and diversity of Melbourne’s cultural community. The exhibition includes a series of ‘exhibitions within the exhibition’: commissions for children and families, installations by artists engaging with the NGV collection, off-site and special projects and a Community Hall and garden inviting a wide range of community expressio
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.
This exhibition is a comprehensive survey of the work of Fred Kruger (1831–88), a German migrant to Victoria with a highly distinctive command of photographic language. Kruger’s detailed and compelling images draw us into an intimate experience of the landscape and are achieved through his orchestration of people within natural environme
The National Gallery of Victoria believes that it is vital to honour the art and culture of the Pacific so that it will be perceived here in Melbourne as one of the world’s great art traditions that continues to develop and is open to change. To that end the NGV opened its first Oceanic gallery at NGV International in December 2003. The Oceanic gallery enabled the NGV to create a Pacific presence on the ground floor but the scale of the permanent gallery did not do justice to the importance of Pacific Islander art or to the NGV’s vision for the Asia Pacific region that embraces Indigenous Australia, the Pacific and Asia. On 28 May 2011, synchronous with the NGV’s 150th anniversary, the Gallery opened to the public a modern permanent space dedicated to art of the Pacific with a special focus on the work of living artists. In this dynamic white cube, art of the Pacific moves out of its darkened cul-de-sac and into a light-filled 21st century space with a 5 metre ce
A modern art movement originated at Papunya in 1971, which has since transformed the way we see the land and the history of art in Australia. Almost forty years after the genesis of the Western Desert art movement, its epicentre has dramatically shifted from Papunya in the Northern Territory to the Pintupi homelands of Kintore and Kiwirrkura in the Gibson Desert, and to communities that lie hundreds of kilometres to the south and west in far-flung reaches of South Australia and Western Australia (the Far Western Desert).
Kaleidoscope: Art and colour celebrates the power of colour and the impact it has on our lives, from how we see and experience the world around us, to how we employ colour to express ourselves.
This exhibition will showcase the NGV’s outstanding collection of nineteenth-century Australian works on paper. Spanning the period from early settlement in the late eighteenth century through to the Federation of Australia in 1901, the exhibition will celebrate the Collection’s great riches while charting the specific development of the graphic arts in the colon
A collaboration between the NGV and Museum Victoria in partnership with Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd
This important exhibition features 200 of the first paintings produced at Papunya in 1971 to 72 by the founding artists of the Western Desert art movement. These seminal works sparked the genesis of the Papunya Tula movement, now internationally recognised as one of the most important events in Australian art history.
Tjukurrtjanu includes paintings, shields, spear throwers, stone knives, historical photographs, headbands and body ornaments.
This major retrospective exhibition celebrates the work of Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, one of Australia’s greatest painters.
Land Marks, drawn almost entirely from the NGV’s collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, looks at the history of Indigenous art in Australia and acknowledges some of its great masters of tradition and innovation. It also traces the evolution of new forms of painting and sculpture in Indigenous Australi
This exhibition celebrates Aboriginal art of the ‘New Wave’: the daring and visionary use of colour by Indigenous artists throughout Australia. In defiance of preconceptions that the quintessential colours of Aboriginal art are natural ochres, Colour Power unveils its opposite – a farrago of great colourists, working with new medi
This exhibition pays tribute to the work of Rover Thomas and Queenie McKenzie, two major artists from Warmun community in the East Kimberley. The exhibition is drawn solely from the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria.
This exhibition presents sculptural ceramics by artists from Bathurst and Melville Islands, NT, including 16 ceramic sculptures produced by artists associated with the pottery studio at Tiwi Design Aboriginal Corporation on Bathurst Island. The sculptures are inspired by Tiwi spirituality and past and present Tiwi traditions.
Albert Namatjira is one of Australia’s best-known artists, whose landscape paintings are iconic images synonymous with the Australian outback. Through his intense scrutiny of specific places and his sensitive response to their individual qualities, Namatjira enables us to see the Centre as a multi-faceted region of Australi
The paintings of contemporary Aboriginal artist Rover Thomas are a form of visual language where stories of ‘country’ are a counterpoint to his direct observation of the landscape. His deceptively simple yet powerful imagery stamps his work as a form of modernist abstraction of universal appea
This exhibition commemorates the life and work of the great Ngurungaeta Barak who passed away at Coranderrk Aboriginal Station on 15 August 1903. His beautiful images reiterate and confirm the importance of identity and the central place of ceremony in Aboriginal society.
Brook Andrew is an interdisciplinary artist who comments on racial, social and political issues in Australia and internationally. He is known for his particular perspective in unveiling different historical ‘truths’. This Melbourne International Arts Festival commission is inspired by his screen print portraits of boxer Anthony Mundine.
Kitty Kantilla is one of Australia’s most remarkable Indigenous artists, celebrated for her innovation, unique style and mastery of a range of mediums. This major retrospective documents the breadth and beauty of her work and continues the sequence of special exhibitions focusing on aspects of Tiwi Ar
This exhibition presents 20 years of Bennett’s work, including many of the Notes to Basquiat paintings and works from the Home Décor series. The exhibition examines how Bennett’s focus on the disenfranchisement of colonialism resonates beyond the Australian context, and the challenge his work makes to political conservatism and social complac
Featuring more than 60 works from five desert communities in Central Australia – Ernabella, Fregon, Utopia, Yuendumu and Kintore – Across the Desert charts the development of batik in Australia, showcasing the NGV’s unrivalled collection of Indigenous tex
This exhibition – the NGV’s first exhibition of contemporary art from Papua New Guinea – showcases a beautiful selection of more than 30 barkcloths created by women from the Ömie tribe. This small tribe of less than 2,000 people lives on the steep, south-eastern slopes of Mount Lamington, Oro Provin