NGV set to hold free exhibition over summer

8 October 2020

Written by: Thomas Frajsman

The exhibition will showcase works by more than 100 people from 30 countries.

This morning, Victorian Minister of Creative Industries Danny Pearson confirmed that the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) will be hosting a free contemporary art, design, and architecture exhibition later this year.

Named NGV Triennial, the exhibition is slated to run from 19 December to 18 April 2021 as part of the NGV Summer Program. It will take place at NGV International on St Kilda Road.

A number of sculptures, paintings, video artworks, and other pieces in various formats will be showcased, with 34 newly commissioned works to receive their world debut at the event.

Pearson praised the organisational team and assured that things will run under a COVIDSafe plan, including the practice of timed ticketing and the provision of hand sanitising units.

“While the doors of the NGV are currently closed, the gallery team has been working hard behind the scenes — with local artists and artists across the globe — to prepare for a spectacular 2020 NGV Triennial,” he said.

“Like many Victorians, I can’t wait to return to the NGV in a COVID safe way to take part in a summer of extraordinary contemporary art, design and creativity.”

Among the most anticipated exhibits is a 10-metre high video work utilising AI by Turkish artist Refik Anadol and a “giant mirrored sculpture” of Venus, the Roman goddess, by American artist Jeff Koons.

Local artists from Yolngu County in Arnhem Land and Victoria will be featured alongside international artists from continental Europe, the UK, South Africa, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and Japan.

The 2017-18 NGV Triennial set a record as the most popular exhibition in the NGV’s history, having attracted more than 1.2 million people.


Photo: National Gallery of Victoria – NGV – Joy of Museums by JoyofMuseums available HERE and used under a Creative Commons Attribution. The image has not been modified.