NGV Friday Nights Bananagun

Fri 17 Jun 22, 6pm–10pm

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Warm up this winter at NGV Friday Nights and see over 70 works by Picasso alongside over 100 works by his contemporaries in the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces® 2022 exhibition The Picasso Century. See some of Australia’s best bands and performers play live in the Great Hall, dine at the Bar Lourinhã pop-up at Garden Restaurant and enjoy after-hours access to the exhibition.


Due to unexpected circumstances, Emma Donovan and The Putbacks will be unable to perform at tonight’s NGV Friday Nights as planned. In their place, we welcome Bananagun, a five-piece psychedelic pop band from Melbourne. Ticketholders can direct queries to

Great Hall
7.30pm – 8.30pm

Bananagun are a five-piece band from Melbourne led by songwriter Nicholas Van Bakel. Their debut album The True Story of Bananagun released to critical acclaim in 2020 with Uncut naming it one of their albums of the year, and it topped Shindig’s best of year list. As a live outfit the band are electric and eclectic, matching the psychedelic songwriting of Electric Prunes and The Free Design with Stereolab’s fizz and pop.

Great Hall
6.00pm – 7.30pm
8.30pm – 10.00pm

West African in heritage, Naarm-based Zjoso has quickly become an essential thread weaving through the city’s musical tapestry. An accomplished and versatile DJ, Zjoso explores his love for soulful music across the spectrum. With discerning taste that touches on sounds like street soul, 90’s house, dub reggae and hazy breakbeat, he is able to navigate both dancefloors and radio frequencies with perceptive ability and a sharp skill-set. A love for dancing, a passion rooted within discovering and sharing music and an inherent motivation to bring people together through these forms lay the foundation for Zjoso’s  creative focus. A vibrant voice who is helping define the shape of Australian dance culture moving forward. 


Melbourne Winter Masterpieces: The Picasso Century
The world-premiere Melbourne Winter Masterpieces® exhibition, The Picasso Century, charts the extraordinary career of Pablo Picasso in dialogue with the many artists, poets and intellectuals with whom he interacted throughout the 20th century, including Guillaume Apollinaire, Georges Braque, Salvador Dalí, Alberto Giacometti, Françoise Gilot, Valentine Hugo, Marie Laurencin, Dora Maar, André Masson, Henri Matisse, Dorothea Tanning and Gertrude Stein. Exclusively developed for the NGV by the Centre Pompidou and the Musée national Picasso-Paris, the exhibition features over 70 works by Picasso alongside over 100 works by more than 50 of his contemporaries, drawn from premier French national collections, as well as the NGV Collection.

Making Art: Imagine everything is real
Making Art: Imagine everything is real is the centre of creativity for all ages at the NGV this winter. Coinciding with the premiere exhibition, The Picasso Century, Making Art features a range of hands-on activities and multimedia experiences inspired by methods of working invented by some of the leading European artists included in the exhibition.


Bar Lourinhã at NGV
Bar Lourinhã at NGV offers a bespoke menu designed by executive chef Matt McConnell, celebrating Mediterranean flavours and Victorian Produce. Discover a set menu featuring contemporary versions of Spanish classics composed of seasonal and locally-sourced ingredients. Make a reservation at the Bar Lourinhã pop-up as part of your NGV Friday Nights experience.

Yering Station Wine Bar
Enjoy the Yering Station Wine Bar in the Great Hall and choose from a menu of fine wines from the Yarra Valley or unique wine flight tasting experience including varieties of Pinot Noir, Shiraz and Chardonnay.

Pommery Champagne Bar
At the Pommery Champagne Bar in the Gallery Kitchen, café guests can indulge in Pommery Pops at the Pommery Cart. Inspired by Mediterranean flavours, a menu of share plates and substantial meals will be available throughout the evening including Jamon & manchego croquetas, spiced beef Albondigas, empanadas and churros.

Garden Terrace Bar
Embrace Melbourne at its winter best at the mulled wine bar on the Garden Terrace. Sip on a mulled wine, dessert wine, warm up under blankets and heaters and look up to the city lights and night sky.

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