Described as the enfant terrible of Australian art, Ivan Durrant (b.
Destiny Deacon is one of Australia’s boldest and most acclaimed contemporary artist
Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor presents approximately one hundred sculptural and pictorial compositions made by renowned American artist Alexander Calder (1898–1976),…
Floodplain identifies a series of sites and cultural institutions along the floodplain of the 242 kilometre Yarra River (Birrarung) to…
Transporting audiences visually and aurally to Antarctica, Floe 2018, draws on the atmospheric effects of the Antarctic landscape to create a…
At eighty-six years of age, Ken Unsworth is a senior Australian artist who draws upon an extraordinarily diverse repertoire of…
Rirkrit Tiravanija’s Untitled (lunch box) is a conceptual work that involves inviting randomly selected visitors to share a Thai takeaway…
‘Coya’ (Little One) is the name Claudia Moodoonuthi’s Kaiadilt family on Bentinck Island have always called her, and still use…
The NGV garden is transformed into a maze-like series of open-air passageways, corridors and rooms as part of the 2017…
Federation is a newly commissioned floor painting by renowned Taiwanese artist Michael Lin.
Akio Makigawa is remembered for his contemplative Zen-like works constructed from primary materials, including stone, steel and wood.
The NGV presents a major solo exhibition of one of Australia’s most popular artists, Del Kathryn Barto
Louise Paramor is well known for her large-scale public art commissions, which often combine formal concerns with a pop-inspired sensibility.
The Pool is an architecture exhibition that represents the connection between landscape, culture and architecture as observed through the frame…
Featuring the work of over 100 artists and designers from 32 countries, the NGV Triennial surveys the world of art…
This exciting collection display showcases the amazing arts and diverse cultures of the Pacific, New Zealand and Australia, across time,…
John Olsen is one of Australia’s greatest living artist
The spectacular and avant-garde creations of Dutch fashion designers Viktor & Rolf are on display in Australia for the first…
Taiwanese-American artist Lee Mingwei is internationally recognised as one of the leading creators of art which invites audience participation.
Bamboo groves are a quintessential part of the Japanese landscape, and bamboo weaving is one of the oldest technical skills…
A playful reinvention of the suburban car wash is the concept behind the 2016 NGV Architecture Commission built in the NGV’s…
One of Australia’s most acclaimed sculptors, Melbourne-based Bruce Armstrong is best-known for his monumental totemic figures which can be seen…
The NGV presents Subodh Gupta: Everyday Divine, a solo exhibition of one of India’s pre-eminent contemporary artists, Subodh Gupta, in collaboration…
This major international exhibition features two of the most significant artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries: Andy Warhol and Ai…
Especially for NGV Kids, Catalan food designer Martí Guixé has created a vibrant environment in which children are inspired to…
This exhibition of new large-scale photographic works draws attention to the devastating impact, truth and reality of the colonisation and…
The NGV has particularly rich holdings of eighteenth-century porcelain sculpture, including a number of rare and important works by Continental…
The NGV presents a spectacular new installation by renowned Berlin-based, Danish contemporary artist Jeppe Hein.
Hard Edge explores one of the most significant periods in the development of contemporary Australian sculpture, the 1960s and 1970s….
This exhibition of six large sculptural columns by Sydney-based artist Jamie North features plant life growing from concrete pylons in…
Continuing the NGV’s representation of current tendencies in contemporary art, The Kaleidoscopic Turn brings together works by artists working with colour, light, sound, movement and space. Drawn from the NGV’s collection and featuring a number of recent acquisitions, The Kaleidoscopic Turn resonates with references to various artistic legacies of the 20th century from Op art to colourfield painting, offering a range of multi-sensory experiences including immersive installations, kinetic sculptures, video art, works on paper and painting in its diverse and expanded fo
Takahiro Iwasaki is recognized as one of Japan’s new generation of emerging young artists, who creates intricately detailed models that reinterpret contemporary cityscapes and iconic historic buildings. The Reflection Model series focuses on seven of Japan’s most sacred buildings that all have an intimate visual relationship with the reflections they cast in the water that surrounds them.
Commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria, the third and largest work in the Reflection Model series takes as its subject the Shinto shrine of Itsukushima, located on the tidal flats of Japan’s Inlan
This exhibition looks at one of the most significant artistic groups in mid twentieth-century Melbourne, which gathered at the Boyd family property, Open Country, at Murrumbeena. It presents the work of Australia’s first studio potter, Merric Boyd and the impact of war on his family and their artistic output. It also explores the exuberant post-war production of paintings, drawings, ceramics and sculpture by Arthur Boyd, John Perceval and others at Open Country and the Arthur Merric Boyd Potter
NGV Studio hosts the first Australian iteration of The Instrument Builders Project (IBP), an experimental collaborative project between Australian and Indonesian artists and musicians curated by Kristi Monfries and Joel Stern.
Artist Carsten Höller works to turn reality on its head, creating situations through which we can reimagine how we move through the world and reconsider our place in it. Drawing on social spaces outside the museum, such as the amusement park, zoo, or playground, the interactions that Höller proposes through objects and situations open up a range of new and unexpected sensory revelations in art.
Golden Mirror Carousel is supported by the Loti & Victor Smorgon Fund.
Presented by Melbourne Festival and National Gallery of Victoria, with the assistance of Gagosian Gallery, New Yor
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 pr
The first of a series of new presentations of the NGV’s collection of late-modern and contemporary international art, this selection of works explores various tendencies in artistic practice from the 1960s to the present day. Acknowledging that the recent history of contemporary art continues to be informed by key artists and movements of the recent past, this display encourages dialogue between artists and works from different periods and geo-political realities. Including rooms dedicated to Conceptual Art and Minimalism, Pop Art and its global influence, and a range of singular presentations including Lee Bul’s immersive installation Untitled 2003, and recent acquisitions including Angela Bulloch’s Short, big, yellow drawing machine 2012 and Adel Abidin’s three channel video Three love songs 2010, this display takes an integrated, multi-disciplinary and transcultural approach to the collection, reflecting the increasingly global character of contemporary art as we understand i
Continuing a recent series of major commissions by leading international artists for Federation Court at NGV International, the National Gallery of Victoria is delighted to present a major suite of new sculptural works by Italian artist Paola Pivi.
You started it…I finish it is an installation designed for Federation Court encompassing eight life-size sculptures of bears, adorned with neon-coloured feathers. These flamboyant figures adopt various attitudes and guises, playfully occupying the space of Federation Court, greeting visitors, posing and frolicking: one bear leaps from a balcony; others approach each other as if to dance, or engage in deep philosophical conversation, whilst others recline in joyful, carefree abando
In the summer of 2014–15, NGV presents David Shrigley: Life and Life Drawing, a comprehensive exhibition – his first major survey in Australia – of new and recent work by the internationally renowned Glasgow-based artist. Shrigley is perhaps best known for his stripped back, darkly humourous and deliberately crude drawings that explore existential dramas, human dysfunction and an
Emily Floyd: The Dawn is a survey exhibition of the work of Melbourne based artist Emily Floyd. The exhibition will feature keynote works dating from 2001 to 2014 including major installations, lesser-known early works and a newly commissioned kid’s project based on Feminist activism from the 1970s and 80s. Working in sculpture, installation, printmaking and public art, Floyd is renowned for her text-based sculptures and pedagogically-inspired works which combine formal concerns with an interest in the legacies of modernism.
Nostalgia for Obsolete Futures gives an insight into Marynowsky’s remarkable artistic practice. It includes interactive robotics, sound sculpture, audiovisual installations and performances. It also reveals a surprising and dramatic new work that Marynowsky is developing at NGV Studio during the course of the exhibition.
This exhibition represents the first large-scale retrospective of Robert Jacks who is one of Australia’s most significant and accomplished abstract artists. From his first sell-out solo exhibition at Gallery A in Melbourne in 1966, through to his ongoing exploration of abstraction in painting, sculpture, drawing and printmaking, his work has charted a distinctive and influential path through late twentieth and early twenty-first century Australian ar
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 sculpt
NGV’s exciting new Ancient World gallery showcases works from ancient Egypt, the Near East, Greece, Italy and Mesoamerica. Situated on Level 2 of NGV International, in the heart of the Gallery’s permanent collections, the collections are displayed across three areas, encompassing Mesoamerica, The Classical World and Egypt and the Near East. The two corridor cases that flank the gallery feature representative tomb groups from West Mexico and ancient Eg
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!
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
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!
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
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.
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.
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 Australi
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 Americ
Visit our newly refurbished Asian art galleries dedicated to displaying the art and culture of Chinese, Japanese and South and Southeast Asia.
Thanks to the support of the Felton Bequest, The Art Foundation of Victoria, the Supporters of Asian Art and many generous donors, the NGV’s Asian Art collection has grown to be one of the most revered collections in Australi
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.
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 ar
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.
This exhibition of 80 Buddhist and Hindu works of art drawn from the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria explores the development of Buddhist imagery across Asia. From early Buddhist works created in India in the 2nd – 4th centuries AD to a contemporary Zen Buddhist ink and brush painting in the Chinese tradition, In the steps of the Buddha illustrates different styles of art associated with the Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhist schools. The exhibition presents a wide range of Buddhist works of art including sculptures of the Buddha, bodhisattvas and Buddhist deities in bronze, wood, clay and lacquer, ritual items, pilgrimage souvenirs, paintings, masks and manuscript covers and includes works from Gandhara, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Japan, China, Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan.
Filtering Indian craft traditions through her own novel sensibility, Ranjani Shettar transforms natural phenomena into magical forms.
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Napoleon: Revolution to Empire is a panoramic exhibition examining French art, culture and life from the 1770s to the 1820s. Its story runs from the first French voyages of discovery to Australia during the reign of Louis XV to the end of Napoleon’s transforming leadership as first Emperor of France. Book now at http://www.ticketmaster.co
10 ways to look at the past features works by ten contemporary Australian artists that demonstrate a fascination with the passing of time. Drawn from the NGV’s permanent collection of contemporary art, the exhibition traces a range of artists’ approaches to the past whether nostalgic, introspective, playful or critical. Including several new acquisitions, works in the exhibition range from large scale installations, sculptures and video art, to photographs, prints and watercolo
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.
A major event in the annual school calendar, Top Arts: VCE 2010 again presents outstanding work completed by young student artists as part of their assessment for VCE Art and Studio Arts.
The sound we make together (Melbourne) combines three basic elements: an installation of NGV art works selected by the participants, juxtaposed with photographs of those involved taken by Fletcher during his August 2010 residency; presentations and performances featuring the participants and guests (videotaped and presented in the gallery context as a document of the weekend of events); a representation of each participant through reading materials and printed ephemera (newsletters, books, posters) as well as objects or art works that affirm something about each.
This exhibition demonstrates the great art traditions of Asia through 85 important artworks drawn from the Mr and Mrs John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection of Asian Art.
Top Arts: VCE 2004 presents outstanding work completed by young student artists as part of their assessment for VCE Art and Studio Arts. This exhibition highlights the NGV’s strong commitment and support of contemporary art, arts education and showcases the ideas and attitudes of young peopl
Top Arts: VCE 2007 presents outstanding work completed by young student artists as part of their assessment for VCE Art and Studio Arts.This exhibition highlights the NGV’s strong commitment and support of contemporary art, arts education and showcases the ideas and attitudes of young peopl
Top Arts: VCE 2006 presents outstanding work completed by young student artists as part of their assessment for VCE Art and Studio Arts. This exhibition highlights the NGV’s strong commitment and support of contemporary art, arts education and showcases the ideas and attitudes of young peopl
Top Arts: VCE 2005 presents outstanding work completed by young student artists as part of their assessment for VCE Art and Studio Arts. This exhibition highlights the NGV’s strong commitment and support of contemporary art, arts education and showcases the ideas and attitudes of young peopl
Top Arts: VCE 2003 presents outstanding work completed by young student artists as part of their assessment for VCE Art and Studio Arts. This exhibition highlights the NGV’s strong commitment and support of contemporary art, arts education and showcases the ideas and attitudes of young peopl
Top Arts: VCE 2000 presents outstanding work completed by young student artists as part of their assessment for VCE Art and Studio Arts. This exhibition highlights the NGV’s strong commitment and support of contemporary art, arts education and showcases the ideas and attitudes of young peopl
Top Arts: VCE 2001 presents outstanding work completed by young student artists as part of their assessment for VCE Art and Studio Arts. This exhibition highlights the NGV’s strong commitment and support of contemporary art, arts education and showcases the ideas and attitudes of young peopl
1956 was a significant year for Melbourne: hosting the Olympics, the intake of post-war refugees and migrants, and the introduction of television. Drawn from the NGV Collection, this exhibition presents a diverse and eclectic range of works to explore notions of cultural identity that defined multicultural Melbourne in the 50s.
Through her installation Sandman, contemporary Australian artist Patricia Piccinini speculates on the facts and mysteries of human evolution; the transformation from one state of being to another; the emotional turmoil of adolescence; car culture, romance; and fate.
This exhibition showcases Melbourne-based artist Eamon O’Toole’s life-size work Formula 1: McLaren Honda MP4/4. O’Toole creates sculptural pieces that appear to replicate objects found in the real wo
As suggested by the title, this installation by Australian contemporary jeweller Susan Cohn investigates the notion of blackness, in a literal sense referring to Melbourne Black, and also in an emotional sense, in terms of the wicked, the sinister and the erotic.
Federation Square architects Lab architecture studio and Bates Smart, and artist Paul Carter have collaborated to create a public artwork in the main plaza of Federation Square. This work, entitled Nearamnew, acknowledges the cultural histories of the site through literal and metaphorical layers of meaning.
This exhibition explores how stories can be used to explain our experience of the world through works by contemporary Australian artists Beata Batorowicz, Emily Floyd, Andrew McQualter and Luke Parker. Their works mimic the real world by assuming the guise of maquettes, models, wall drawings and toys.
This is the first major retrospective exhibition of work by Melbourne artist Peter Booth, surveying his career through painting, sculpture and work on paper. Booth’s work is known for its spectacular visual power and the emotional intensity of its mysterious and often disturbing narrative
This exhibition brings together four exceptional works by four international artists – Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Doug Aitken, Lee Bul and Sarah Sze – that chart the shifts in contemporary art that swept across the globe at the start of 21st Cent
Light Play presents artworks from across the NGV Collection that investigate the way light affects the world around us.From ancient Egyptian to contemporary works, this interactive exhibition allows children to bend, distort, reflect, and refract to their hearts’ content whilst engaging with some of the very basic, everyday principles of physics that are so fundamental within our lives.
A selection of works from the Victorian Foundation for Living Australian Artists
The works acquired through the Victorian Foundation for Living Australian Artists demonstrate the creative vigour and profound sensibilities of contemporary artists working in Australia today. Reflecting on the often confounding nature of human existence and the complex cultural, artistic, social and political mores of our times, contemporary artists are at the vanguard of current thought and inquiry.
This exhibition includes Zen paintings and calligraphies, ceramics, lacquer and a paper robe that explore the Zen Buddhist way of looking at the world. Zen (Chan in Chinese) originated in China in the 6th century. Zen was revolutionary in that it did not rely on the word, Buddhist scriptures, or Buddhist statues for worship. Zen teaching was to be transmitted from mind to mind, and we can attain enlightenment or awakening to our original nature, when we see the unity of all things.
This exhibition coincides with the installation of Deborah Halpern’s sculpture Angel on the Yarra bank at Birrarung Marr, a spectacular site for what is one of Melbourne’s most loved works of public art. This exhibition surveys Halpern’s practice and places Angel in the fuller context of her artistic career.
Look! offers new interpretative possibilities through fresh juxtapositions of Australian and International contemporary art. Incorporating recently acquired art from the new century and works from as far back as the 1970s, the exhibition underscores how gallery collections are fluid entities and generate new meaning over time.
The singular vision of Australian artist Howard Arkley (1951–1999) developed throughout a career spanning three decades. This retrospective represents comprehensively the evolution of Arkley’s oeuvre from the early 1970s to the final major works with which he was represented at the Venice Biennale in 199
For most people the world of Bugatti is associated with cars. But the Bugatti story is a much larger one, encompassing three generations and four remarkable individuals: Carlo Bugatti, his sons Ettore and Rembrandt, and Ettore’s son, Gianoberto (Jean). This exhibition showcases the furniture, sculpture and cars of this extraordinary family.
Master Tetsunori Kawana is an internationally renowned practitioner of contemporary Japanese bamboo sculpture. In Five Elements – Water, Master Kawana transforms the Grollo-Equiset Garden at NGV International with a unique bamboo sculpture of vast physical proportion and lyrical powe
This exhibition celebrates the work of Australian-born contemporary fashion designer Martin Grant. It presents works from the early 1990s, designed after he established his label in Paris, through to his 2006 spring-summer collection. These works offer an insight into Grant’s influences and the recurring themes that characterise his approach to desig
During the reign of Queen Victoria (1837–1901) almost 15 million people left the British Isles in search of a better life. Exiles and Emigrants is the first art exhibition to focus on the issue of emigration during this extraordinary chapter of Australian histor
Bruce Nauman is an American sculptor, photographer and performance artist working with video. This exhibition brings together two distinct but related bodies of video work by Bruce Nauman that investigate the role of the artist and the possibilities of artistic creation within the confines of the studio environment.
The phenomenal contents of Andy Warhol’s Time Capsules provide a unique window into the life of this prolific and iconic artist, but also offer an almost exhaustive cultural context for the social and artistic scene in America during Warhol’s caree
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
Geoffrey Bartlett is an established Melbourne sculptor. In 1983, he travelled to New York to undertake postgraduate study at Columbia University and this time in the US significantly impacted on his work. This exhibition presents more than 40 works produced following Bartlett’s return to Australia in 198
Olafur Eliasson’s photographs, sculptures and installations explore relationships between perception and reality, nature and technology, the individual and the environment. In his spectacular installation The cubic structural evolution project, gallery visitors are invited to participate in the construction of a cityscape using thousands of pieces of Leg
Cosmo McMurtry is major work by critically acclaimed New Zealand contemporary artist Michael Parekowhai. Concerned with popular culture and identity politics, Parekowhai’s works interrogate the history and impact of New Zealand’s colonial past via both Maori and pakeha (non-indigenous) perspecti
This Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition presents post-war and contemporary art from the worldwide collections of the famous Guggenheim Museum. Featured are iconic artworks from the 1940s to the present by internationally renowned artists such as Jackson Pollock, Alberto Giacometti, Mark Rothko, Dan Flavin, Jeff Koons and Cindy Sherman.
The creative union of father and son Robert and Andrew Klippel is explored in this ground-breaking exhibition. Klippel/Klippel: Opus 2008 presents the work of the late Robert Klippel, Australia’s leading sculptor of the post-war period in combination with a musical response from his son, composer and producer, Andrew Klippe
After first exhibiting her work at the age of 57, Rosalie Gascoigne rapidly established a reputation as one of Australia’s foremost contemporary artists. This exhibition investigates Gascoigne’s intrinsic response to her chosen materials and unique ability to convey the essence of nature and transitory effects of light, air and sp
Bertram Mackennal was the most successful Australian artist of his time, establishing an international reputation as a virtuoso modeller of mythological and allegorical nudes. This exhibition brings together more than 50 of Mackennal’s sculptures and maquettes from Australian and international collection
This exhibition examines connections between the art of Joseph Beuys (1921–1986) and the teachings of Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925). Beuys’ Directive forces (Of a new society) from the Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, is exhibited with Steiner’s chalk drawings, providing a unique opportunity to engage with these men’s ideas through a visu
Modern Britain 1900–1960 traces the development of British art and society across six decades of tremendous innovation and chang
Coinciding with the International Year of Astronomy, Shared Sky explores the cultural experience of the night sky over our southern continent. From Warmun in Western Australia to Melbourne in Victoria, artists of different cultural backgrounds and locales explore humanity’s enduring psychological engagement with the southern stars over the centuries.
This exhibition presents the process of architectural design through the material of the Federation Square NGV archive together with LAB’s subsequent projects. It explains how architects think about their designs and how concepts and processes become realised as architecture. The exhibition consists of conceptual material, working drawings and model
Unnerved explores a particularly rich, dark vein found in contemporary New Zealand art. The psychological or physical unease underlying many works in the exhibition is addressed with humour, parody and poetic subtlety by artists across generations and mediums.
Mari Funaki (1950–2010) was one of Australia’s leading contemporary jewellers and metalsmiths. This exhibition presents a range of the artist’s captivating mild steel objects dating from the late 1990s to 2010. It reveals the gradual shift from functional objects towards purely sculptural forms that characterised the evolution of her work throughout this period and her recent transition to large scale scul
At the time of his death in 1999, Ballarat-born John Davis had established a critically acclaimed reputation as an influential sculptor and installation artist whose practice synthesised material diversity with an idiosyncratic concept of landscape and ecology.
This exhibition charts Davis’ development as an artist, with particular focus on his interest in found and fragile organic materials, and the powerful evocation of the landscape that is at the core of his wor
Part of the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series, this exhibition presents masterpieces from the Städel Museum in Frankfurt, one of the finest collections in Europe. Alongside paintings and sculpture by German artists are works by the greatest French, Belgian, Dutch and Swiss masters of the time
This is the most comprehensive exhibition of work by the Australian-born, London-based artist to be presented in the southern hemisphere. It includes four new works by Mueck in addition to some of his major, recognised works including the iconic Dead Dad.
This National Gallery of Victoria Touring Exhibition presents works by artists from across the world to explore the differing relationships we share with animals. The exhibition has been designed especially for children and aims to encourage a sense of curiosity while also presenting some of the treasures of the NGV Collection.
Discover the importance of water through art – its meaning and its beauty – on the Water Trail. Learn more about key works of art and how the works relate to the story of water throughout history and across cultu
Ricky Swallow’s art investigates how memory is distilled within the objects of daily life. This exhibition – the first major exhibition of the artist’s work in Australia since 2006 – features Swallow’s intricately carved wooden sculptures, new sculptural works in wood, bronze and plaster and two large groups of watercolo
Top Arts: VCE 1999 presents outstanding work completed by young student artists as part of their assessment for VCE Art and Studio Arts. This exhibition highlights the NGV’s strong commitment and support of contemporary art, arts education and showcases the ideas and attitudes of young peopl