Juliet Sulejmani | February 28, 2017
Opening 15 December 2017
Yesterday Tony Elwood, the Director of the NGV (National Gallery of Victoria) unveiled the “NGV Triennial”, an ambitious new initiative which will be the first recurring contemporary art event for Melbourne. As the names suggests, the exhibition will be held every three years, and thanks to the many partners, who have made significant contributions to support the NGV, the Triennial will be a free exhibition for all to experience.
The inaugural exhibition will open on December 15, 2017 and we will be treated to works by 60 artists, hailing from 30 different countries. The exhibition has been curated around the themes of: body, change, movement, time and the virtual and will explore the social, cultural, scientific and physiological terrains of our contemporary world.
Up to 20 new major artworks have been commissioned for this exhibition and they cross many disciplines including, architecture, design, sculpture, installation, moving image and interactive works.
At the media launch, Argentine artist and designer Alexandra Kehayoglou was present as was her incredible, giant 8 meter, hand-tufted rug. Kehayoglou uses her family’s traditional carpet-making techniques to draw attention to the effects of globalization and the impact of our demands for energy. The NGV has commissioned the artist to create a monumental 100m2 carpet landscape titled Santa Cruz River.
Another exciting commission will be by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, who was been described by Time Magazine “one of the most influential people in the world.” Kusama has been commissioned to create a new immersive work, where, over the exhibitions four month period, each visitor will place a flower anywhere across the surface of a plain interior in an aim to obliterate it.
Shown in Paris this year, Guo Pei’s Spring 17 Haute Couture Collection on display at this elaborate exhibition held by the NGV. Guo Pei, a Chinese fashion designer, who is most famously known for creating Rihanna’s canary yellow fur-trimmed gown, which she rocked at the 2015 Met Costume Institute gala. Guo Pei is also the first ever, Chinese fashion designer to be invited to show at Paris Haute Couture Week.
This is only a very small sample of all the incredible work that will be shown during the exhibition. The exhibition itself, will be spread out across all four levels of NGV International. I can’t wait!
Click HERE for the full list of artists and to learn a bit about them.