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Get Your Culture Fix At The NGV’s Mammoth Triennial When It Returns This Year

By Rick Stephens
10th Dec 2020

Several large-scale neon light installations in a dark warehouse.

It’s been around three years since NGV’s inaugural Triennial captured Melbourne in its entirety, and today comes the good news that the exhibition will be returning on Saturday 19 December. Entry will be free, but you'll need to book tickets—they'll be up for grabs here from Friday 4 December here.

Like 2017’s iteration, 2020’s Triennial will take over the entirety of the NGV, displaying over 86 projects from over 100 artists, all set to explore several globally-relevant themes such as isolation, representation and speculation on the future.

A large wooden circular installation in an art gallery. Downlights flood the room with brightness.

Along with the 86 projects, the Triennial will feature over 30 major world premiers commissioned by the NGV. Highlights include, but certainly won’t be limited to an entire floor dedicated to light and illumination works, a 10 metre by 10 metre video piece which incorporates AI and machine learning that will create digital memories, and a mirror-polished sculpture of Venus, the Roman goddess of love, courtesy of American artist Jeff Koons.

Yolngu woman Dhambit Mununggurr, will present 15 large scale works depicting Country in her signature shades of blue, while the enigmatic and elusive French artist, known only as JR, is set to bring his monolithic installations to NGV’s Grollo Equiset Gardens.

A black steel structure feels a white room within a brightly lit contemporary art gallery.

The first triennial remains the most-visited exhibition at the NGV, with over 1.23 million people passing through the doors. It’s expected those numbers will be matched, if not exceeded this time around, and for good reason.

“The NGV Triennial offers visitors a significant opportunity to explore how we use art to express ourselves, communicate and consider the world as it is, while also asking how we would like it to be. Artists, designers and architects of the twenty-first century perform a vital role in giving form to our collective imagination, fears and aspirations. We are all living in a world in flux: there has never been a more important moment to celebrate human capability than now.” Said Tony Ellwood AM, Director, National Gallery of Victoria.

The NGV Triennial will run from Saturday 19 December this year, to Sunday 18 April 2021. More information can be found here.

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