With eased Covid-19 restrictions in Victoria, enjoy these school holidays with a fun and educational visit to the NGV. The whole family is sure to have an amazing time!
Here is all you need to know about visiting the NGV during the Christmas and summer holidays 2020 and 2021.
NGV Triennial 2020
What is the NGV Triennial?
The NGV Triennial is a unique exhibition which brings together contemporary art, design and architecture from over 100 established and emerging artists worldwide. The exhibition offers a refreshing perspective of today’s world, and provokes interesting conversations about our future.
The Triennial explores four key themes: illumination, reflection, conservation and speculation. Many works center around important issues, such as climate change, animal extinction, the displacement of Indigenous communities, the benefits and dangers of technology, artificial intelligence and more. Through mediums of photography, sculpture and installations, the NGV Triennial is sure to fascinate you with a unique visual experience.
Where is the NGV Triennial?
Visit the Triennial at NGV International on St Kilda Road.
NGV Triennial 2020 Dates
The NGV Triennial is exhibiting until 18 April 2021. Book your visit now.
NGV Triennial Events
The NGV Triennial offers a range of events, both at NGV International and online, as part of the exhibition. Triennial Conversations is an ongoing series where local and international artists, curators, experts and academics discuss the artworks of the Triennial and their themes, messages and inspirations. These events are live streamed and can be found on the NGV website.
Quantum Memories 2020 by Refik Anadol
Refik Anadol’s Quantum Memories is a unique and exciting digital installation in the central foyer of the NGV International. Computer-generated waves of different colours swirl and splash around to create gorgeous, mystifying patterns.
The work was created using artificial intelligence, which sourced around 2 million images of natural landscapes to create ever-changing compositions using quantum mechanics and quantum physics to speculate an alternative reality of nature.
Watch Refik Anadol describe the process of creating Quantum Memories:
Plastocene – Marine Mutants from a disposable world by Porky Hefer
Plastocene is an imaginary dystopian world where large, colourful and peculiar marine creatures live. Today, fossil fuels and plastic waste pollute our oceans, endangering many animals in the ocean.
If we don’t change our habits and stop polluting our oceans, Hefer speculates that in the future, instead of extinction, some marine species may mutate and adapt to the abundance of plastic and pollutants.
Hefer’s inspiration behind each of the creatures were the five biggest pollutants of our oceans: coffee cups (‘Flat White’), plastic straws (‘Strawfish’), cigarette butts (‘Buttpus’), Q-tips (‘Q-tip’) and nets (‘Sabre-toothed Netfeesh’).
Find out more about Porky Hefer’s process of creating Plastocene:
Moja Moja Life: Misaki Kawai’s Children’s Gallery
An exciting exhibit for kids, Misaki Kawai’s Moja Moja Life is an indoor playground featuring colourful furry dog sculptures and a puppet making and recording studio. Misaki Kawai’s art is all about having fun and taking a playful approach to making her creations, and her work will inspire kids to get creative.
Tomoaki Suzuki Sculptures
The NGV Triennial features 9 sculptures by Japanese artist Tomoaki Suzuki. Through his sculptures, Suzuki aims to capture the authenticity of contemporary fashion and style, and his installations encourage viewers to get close and interact with the artwork.
Suzuki’s process involves handpicking a model who stands out for their unique sense of style, and taking hundreds of photos and videos of the person. Those are then used to hand carve and paint a wooden sculpture, one third of the size of the real model.
Natural History by Fallen Fruit
This beautiful installation has transformed the 16th and 17th Century Gallery with bright, colourful wallpaper adorned by photographs of native Australian flora and fauna. The photos were taken by the artists during their visit to the Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne Gardens and the Collingwood Children’s Farm.
But the exhibit isn’t just a pretty sight. The composition of the plants, animals and flowers native to Australia, and artworks and sculptures from the time of Australian colonisation, challenge contemporary views on race, class and gender, and examine the integration of foreign flora and fauna into the Indigenous landscape.
Salon et Lumière
This incredible light and sound show in the Salon Gallery is a must-see at NGV International. The performance seeks to impress the 21st century audience by recreating the thrill of 19th century life and experiences depicted in 140 beautiful paintings and sculptures. Sit back and watch in awe as the whole room gets transformed with stunning lighting and sound effects.
Picasso’s Weeping Woman
One of the most impressive works in the NGV International collection is Picasso’s Weeping Woman, created on 18 October 1937. This artwork was one of a series of works in response to the tragic bombing of the city of Guernica in 1937, and it illustrates the grief felt by many Spanish civilians who experienced the event.
Did you know? In 1986, the Weeping Woman painting was mysteriously stolen and returned two days later to a locker on Spencer Street station. The case was never solved and it is still unknown who stole the painting.
Salvador Dali’s Trilogy of the desert: Mirage
Another impressive artwork in the NGV International collection is Salvador Dali's Trilogy of the desert: Mirage. Dali is well known for his surrealism paintings with intricate details and use of perspective. Trilogy of the desert: Mirage is a fascinating work to observe during your next visit to the NGV.
The NGV offers awesome programs and activities for kids of all ages and abilities.
The NGV Triennial has some awesome exhibits for kids, including Misaki Kawai’s Moja Moja Life. Older kids would enjoy exploring and learning more about the artworks in the gallery.
NGV Kids Online
You can also find a range of fun art activities, ebooks and family games on the NGV website. There is something for everyone to learn and try, from fashion design and origami to landscape painting and surrealism.
Share your kids’ creations on social media with the hashtag #NGVEveryDay and tag @ngvmelbourne to be featured.
Can’t visit the gallery in person?
Explore the full list of NGV virtual tours here.
Looking for more kids activities in Melbourne?
Check out what's on in Melbourne for kids and families at schoolholidays.com.au. Click on the link below to find a complete list of various activities and attractions for kids of different ages and abilities.
Kids and family activities in Melbourne
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Frequently Asked Questions about the NGV
Is NGV open?
Yes, both NGV International and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia are open. To visit you need to book a time slot here.
Is NGV free?
Yes, NGV general admission is completely free. Some NGV exhibitions and events, such as the NGV Triennial (on until 18 April 2021) are also free. See what’s on at NGV and book your visit here.
What are the NGV opening hours?
NGV International and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia are open from 10am to 5pm daily.
How much is NGV membership?
There are several NGV membership options available:
- Premium membership: $840 / year
- Individual membership: $110 / year
- Duo membership: $155
- Family membership: $165 / year
- Concession membership: $77
Find out more here.
Where is NGV Melbourne?
NGV International is located at 180 St Kilda Rd. The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia is located on the corner of Flinders St &, Russell St, Federation Square.
Is there parking near NGV?
Yes. Limited free parking spots, with appropriate permits, can be found outside the Arts Center Melbourne, St Kilda Road. Paid accessible parking is available at the Arts Centre Melbourne and Australian Ballet Centre Car Park for NGV International, and at Fed Square for The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia.