Melbourne’s NGV is well-known for putting on a summer blockbuster show; from the recent David Hockney: Current to the sprawling Melbourne Now a few years back, there’s always a drawcard to spend some of your precious summer weather inside the gallery.

Last month the gallery announced its most ambitious summer exhibition yet, with the NGV Triennial - featuring the work of 60 artists and designers across 30 countries. The massive exhibition is set to take over all four levels of the NGV International, spanning technologies, architecture, animation, performance, film, painting, drawing, fashion design, tapestry and sculpture.

Yayoi Kusama | Copyright of Yayoi Kusama and Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/ Singapore
Yayoi Kusama | Copyright of Yayoi Kusama and Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/ Singapore

The free exhibition is intended as a comprehensive celebration of contemporary art and design across cultures, scales, geographies and perspectives, bringing together key international contemporary artists like Yayoi Kusama alongside some of Australia’s most recognisable names like Ben Quilty and Ron Mueck.

With the exhibition planned to return every three years, this inaugural edition is sure to set the bar high for an immersive contemporary art experience this summer, one that has potential to become a cornerstone event for the NGV and Melbourne’s passionate art scene.

Nendo
Manga chairs (detail) 2015
| Courtesy Nendo and Friedman Benda, New York
| Photo: Kenichi Sonehara
Nendo Manga chairs (detail) 2015 | Courtesy Nendo and Friedman Benda, New York | Photo: Kenichi Sonehara
Nendo 
Manga chairs (detail) 2015
| Courtesy Nendo and Friedman Benda, New York | Photo: Kenichi Sonehara
Nendo Manga chairs (detail) 2015 | Courtesy Nendo and Friedman Benda, New York | Photo: Kenichi Sonehara

Across the wide collection of artists and designers on show, five conceptual themes were identified to frame the exhibition content: body, change, movement, time and virtual.

Ntozakhe II, Parktown 2016 | Courtesy the artist and STEVENSON
gallery, Johannesburg
Ntozakhe II, Parktown 2016 | Courtesy the artist and STEVENSON gallery, Johannesburg
PET Lamp / Bula’bula Artists | PET Lamp Ramingining 2017
(process) | Commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne | © Alvaro Catalán de Ocón
Photo: Tobias Titz
PET Lamp / Bula’bula Artists | PET Lamp Ramingining 2017 (process) | Commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne | © Alvaro Catalán de Ocón Photo: Tobias Titz
Formafantasma
Ore streams 2017 (research
collage) 2017
Commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne | Courtesy the designer
Formafantasma Ore streams 2017 (research collage) 2017 Commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne | Courtesy the designer
Guo Pei 
Rose Studio | Legend Collection, Spring 2017 Haute Couture | Courtesy Guo Pei, Rose Studio, Beijing
Guo Pei Rose Studio | Legend Collection, Spring 2017 Haute Couture | Courtesy Guo Pei, Rose Studio, Beijing

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