NGV reveals mammoth NGV Triennial 2020 program featuring over 100 artists
08.10.2020

NGV reveals mammoth NGV Triennial 2020 program featuring over 100 artists

Sibling Architecture, photo by Christine Franci
Words by Kate Streader

The NGV Triennial 2020 will explore some of the most globally relevant and pressing issues of our time.

NGV has announced the return of its NGV Triennial, returning for its second edition on December 19 and running until April 18, 2021.

The mammoth showcase will present a large-scale exhibition of international contemporary art, design and architecture featuring 86 projects and over 100 artists and designers.

The exhibition will explore some of the most globally relevant and pressing issues of recent times, such as isolation, representation and speculation on the future.

Highlighting the works of artists from over 30 countries, NGV Triennial 2020 will provide a snapshot of the world amidst a unique time in history.

The behemoth art extravaganza will include 34 major works commissioned by the NGV for this exhibition, marking their world premiere.

This includes a ten metre high and wide video work by Refik Anadol which uses artificial intelligence, machine learning and quantum computing to visualise our digitised memories of nature as well as a towering mirror-finished sculpture of the Roman goddess of love, Venus, by Jeff Koons.

Other highlights include a comprehensive display of works by Yolgnu woman Dhambit Mununggurr, a collaboration between Melbourne artists Geoffrey Nees and one of the most respected figures in Japanese architecture, Kengo Kuma, resulting in a sensorial walkway, and much more.

Held every three years, this landmark event will mark the second instalment of the NGV Triennial since it launched in 2017. Free and exclusive to Melbourne, this spectacular event looks to be a triumphant return for NGV after this year’s lenghty shutdowns.

“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 21st century perform a vital role in giving form to our collective imagination, fears and aspirations,” said NGV Director, Tony Ellwood AM.

“We are all living in a world in flux: there has never been a more important moment to celebrate human capability than now.”

NGV Triennial 2020 runs from December 19 – April 18. For the full program and more information, visit the NGV website.

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