The inaugural NGV Triennial is coming this December at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). This free and exclusive unprecedented and large-scale exhibition of international art, design and architecture will open on Friday 15th December 2017. It will showcase major works by more than 100 artists and designers from 32 countries across all four levels of NGV International. Yep it's going to be BIG!!
Traversing established, mid-career and emerging practitioners at the forefront of their fields, the NGV Triennial artists and designers have been selected for their diversity and dynamism of practice, including those embracing cutting edge technologies, from 3D printing to robotics, as well as performance, film, painting, drawing, installation and fashion design, tapestry and sculpture.
Highlights from the NGV Triennial will be a number of world-premiere NGV-led commissions, including a major new participatory work by Yayoi Kusama (Japan), in which kids and adults will ‘obliterate’ a room with flowers (oh my god yes!). A 15.8m long reclining Buddha sculpture adorned with 3D scanned and cast replicas of classical Greco-Roman sculptures by Xu Zhen (China), creating a meeting of Eastern and Western art traditions; an installation of elaborate, Marie Antoinette-inspired haute couture gowns from Chinese couturier Guo Pei; and a project by ‘smell designer’ Sissel Tolaas (Norway), in which she will recreate the scents of Melbourne. Wow!
We are also very excited that teamLab will premiere a new interactive and fully immersive digital installation inspired by human, digital and spatial relationships and connections, commissioned by the NGV. Expressing these themes through the turbulent lens of the vortex, teamLab will transform a large gallery space into an enveloping environment of swirling illumination that responds as water would to human presence and movement. Sounds amazing!
Reko Rennie’s commanding works exploring his Aboriginal identity through contemporary interdisciplinary media including painting, aerosol, collage and installation will also be on display at the NGV Triennial. We love him! Rennie will undertake two new large-scale site-specific works that intervene within the urban and architectural landscape of Melbourne; one at the famous flower clock on St Kilda road using his signature patterning expressed as landscape and the other in the interior of the NGV International. Wow!
Brothers Fernando and Humberto Campana will exhibit Victoria Amazonica 2017 in collaboration with Yarrenyty Arltere Artists, the Centre for Appropriate Technology and Alice Springs based designer Elliat Rich. Drawing upon shared motifs from across cultures and geographies referencing waterways, the collaboration will present a vividly colorful upholstered dome, a meeting point and resting place to welcome visitors to the NGV Triennial.
Presenting a snapshot of international contemporary art and design, the NGV Triennial will give voice to some of the pressing issues that are being explored by artists and designers today, including the social, cultural, scientific and physiological questions of our contemporary world.
Tony Ellwood, Director from the NGV said, ‘We believe that the ambition, depth and diversity of the artists and designers in the inaugural NGV Triennial will ensure our audience has a truly unforgettable cultural experience. This exhibition offers an unprecedented opportunity to build the NGV’s collection of contemporary art and design, and we hope the NGV Triennial will become a critical and ongoing asset for Victoria.’
The NGV Triennial will be on display at NGV International from Friday 15th December 2017 to Sunday 15th April 2018. Entry is FREE.