8 October 2020

The National Gallery of Victoria plans to welcome Victorians back in spectacular style with NGV Triennial, a free contemporary art, design and architecture exhibition that will take over the St Kilda Road gallery from December, showcasing work by more than 100 artists, designers and collectives from 30 countries.

colourful installation

Refik Anadol - Quantum memories 2020 (render). Image courtesy of Refik Anadol


This year’s summer exhibition follows the 2017-18 NGV Triennial which attracted 1.23 million people and set a record as the most popular exhibition in NGV’s history.

Artists based locally and across the globe have been preparing work for the show for the past few years, with 34 newly commissioned works set to have their world premiere as part of the Triennial.

From sculptures to painting, video artworks, architectural installations, photography and more, the exhibition will explore the issues and opportunities of our times seen through the eyes of artists from places including Yolngu County in Arnhem Land, Europe, the UK, South Africa, Hong Kong, New Zealand, the USA, Japan, Turkey, and from here in Victoria.

Visitors can expect to see a ten-metre high video work that uses artificial intelligence, machine learning and quantum computing by Turkish artist Refik Anadol and a giant mirrored sculpture of Roman goddess Venus by American artist Jeff Koons, alongside work Melbourne’s own Sibling Architecture and photographer and artist Atong Atem.

The exhibition will take place across all floors of NGV International which will see showstopping contemporary works positioned alongside NGV’s seventeenth and eighteenth century Flemish, Dutch and British collections.

The NGV team has been working from home to prepare the exhibition and will put in place public health measures to ensure the gallery is ready to welcome back visitors, including a COVIDSafe plan, timed ticketing, hand sanitising stations and increased cleaning.

Free and exclusive to Melbourne, NGV Triennial will run from 19 December to 18 April 2021 at NGV International, St Kilda Road. For more information, visit ngv.melbourne


Featured image: Refik Anadol - Quantum memories 2020 (render)
Commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased with funds donated by Loti & Victor Smorgon Fund and Barry Janes and Paul Cross, 2020
© Refik Anadol. Image courtesy of Refik Anadol