NGV Magazine

Issue 22
May – Jun 2020

Art has an important role to play in offering solace and inspiration in challenging times, which is why we have taken the opportunity in this special NGV Collection issue of NGV Magazine to celebrate the many ways that art, design and creativity can connect us to each other, give meaning to our experiences, invite stillness and silence for contemplation, fill us with love, inspire hope, and hopefully provide us with a sense of calm.

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Features in this issue

DEEP READ Woolgathering: On the nourishment of taking notice

‘The marmalade-gold of winter sun hitting the bathroom tiles, an evening magpie learning to warble from a powerline outside – despite the clag of rushed traffic below – these are the smaller moments we so often miss; details that can anchor us in time and place.’

by Alice Bishop

DISCOVER ME Tom Roberts She-oak and Sunlight

‘The 1889 9 by 5 Impression Exhibition represented a radical turning point in the history of Australian art. This recently-acquired painting – one of the very few from the original exhibition – makes a rare and significant addition to the NGV’s Collection of Australian Impressionist paintings.’

By Angela Hesson

KOREAN ART Books and Things: The Sophistication and Beauty of Korean Art

‘As is evident in the sensuous forms of twisting and entangled stems, leaves and flowers in this folding screen, lotus plants were symbolic of passion and love.’

by Wayne Crothers

LIFE & TIMES Her Story Part 2: A Closer Look at Female Artists in the Collection

‘In the landscape, bodies of water carry the trauma, as do women. Mistreating Country comes from deep disrespect.’

by Sophie Gerhard

CONSERVATION The Science of Colour

‘The modern artists’ palette provides unprecedented opportunities for artists to use colour to communicate light, form, space and emotion.’

By Raye Collins


‘The impulse from these early days of her career, to blur the line between the documentary and the conceptual, between real and staged images, has remained key to Afshar’s art practice.’

by Katharina Prugger