NGV Friday Nights Kuzich | Billos + Klomp

Fri 14 Jul 23, 6pm–10pm

Past program

NGV International

Ground Level

Warm up this winter at NGV Friday Nights with Melbourne’s favourite bands and DJs combined with the blockbuster Melbourne Winter Masterpieces® exhibition, Pierre Bonnard: Designed by India Mahdavi.

NGV’s Ground Level is transformed with live music, pop-up bars and dining inspired by French artist Pierre Bonnard and award-winning Paris-based designer India Mahdavi. Explore Bonnard’s colourful artworks with after-hours exhibition access and enjoy live music all in one place.

Great Hall

Kuzich was born in Noongar country. Spending years on the road as a drummer for acts like Sampa The Great and Joyce Wrice, he found his own voice composing a unique palette of tender, existential soul music. Kuzich will be performing compositions off his eagerly awaited debut album, a profoundly meditative sound that invites listeners to slow down and gently caress life’s paradoxical yearnings. Joined by his band, and quick wit, the NGV will be transformed into a sanctuary of here, and there.

Federation Court

Billos + Klomp comprises best friends [archenemies] and local dentists Bill Madytianos and James Barros-Murphy. Akin to film soundtracks their music curation attempts to complement theme and location. With no distinctive style or defined genre, they invite listeners to question how sound accompanies sight.

Pierre Bonnard Exhibition Space

Libby is an artist based in Naarm, whose work cherishes the joy of everyday life through colourful still-life paintings.
Graduating from Monash University with a Bachelor of Visual Arts in 2007; Libby pivoted and followed down a path of fashion, then jewellery design. Her love of painting was reignited throughout extended Covid lockdowns, becoming a form of escapism for the artist. Capturing the uncanny and unremarkable — a half-eaten meal, unmade bed, or a kitchen in motion—the results are paintings oozing playfulness and nostalgia.
Since returning to painting in 2020 Libby has exhibited in 5 group shows, several charity auctions, and 3 sold out solo shows; all while building a loyal following on Instagram where she releases two paintings a week.

The blockbuster Melbourne Winter Masterpieces® exhibition Pierre Bonnard: Designed by India Mahdavi illuminates Melbourne this winter with a celebration of the artist’s colourful paintings in collaboration with award winning Paris-based designer India Mahdavi. Developed in partnership with Musée d’Orsay, Paris, the show features more than 100 works spanning the late nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century. The works are presented within a contemporary design by India Mahdavi, who has been described as the ‘virtuoso of colour’ and ‘possessor of perfect chromatic pitch’.

Inspired by regional French flavours, the Yering Station Wine Bar in Great Hall and Pommery Champagne Bar in Gallery Kitchen will serve a menu to warm you up, including cheese boards, gruyere croquettes, cassoulet and sweet profiteroles.

Annie Smithers, one of Australia’s most highly regarded chefs, brings a French farmhouse menu to NGV Garden Restaurant. Dine on a menu inspired by Smithers’ award-wining restaurant du Fermier and the Pierre Bonnard: Designed by India Mahdavi exhibition. Book a table.

Yering Station Wine Bar
Visit the Yering Station Wine Bar in the Great Hall to enjoy fine wines from the Yarra Valley or a memorable wine tasting experience including varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz.

Pommery Champagne Bar
Enjoy your Friday Night with elegance in the Pommery Champagne Bar in Gallery Kitchen. Indulge in the contemporary Pommery POPs or go traditional with the iconic Brut Royal. Either way, delight guaranteed!

Mimco Lounge
Mimco is delighted to support the NGV’s Friday Nights in celebration of the Pierre Bonnard: Designed by India Mahdavi exhibition, bringing guests an interactive pop-up experience fusing art and fashion.
With a shared Melbourne heritage and brand foundations built on innovation and collaboration, Mimco’s long-standing partnership with the NGV is a celebration of art, humanity and creativity.

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