NGV Triennial 2020

Over 100 Artists and Designers featured in NGV Triennial 2020

Without a doubt, in my mind, the NGV Triennial 2020 * is going to be an absolute highlight of this year. The beacon at the end of what has been a very long dark tunnel.

*#toucheswood we don’t return to any lockdown

When: 19 December 2020 – 18 April 2021

Where: NGV International, St Kilda Road MELBOURNE 3000

Cost: FREE

This incredible FREE exhibition again takes over NGV International (for the second time since the inaugural Triennial three years ago).  And the NGV Triennial 2020 is jam-packed full of artworks that will delight all ages… below are some highlights to whet the appetite for families.  Please know these are but a taste of what’s to come (there will be all sorts of fabulousness from rainbow carpets to giant toilets).

We hope to get behind the scenes and report back on December 19th – pandemic dependant.

And always exciting, there will be a dedicated exhibition for the kid’s exhibition space. Misaki Kawai, Moja Moja Life: Misaki Kawai for Kids will feature a giant pink dog.

I’m not sure what impact international travel restrictions will have – but I suspect that there might be capped crowd numbers, which could result in an indulgent opportunity for us Melbournites: we might get to enjoy a crowd-free gallery space!

NGV Triennial 2020

Porky Hefer (designer)
Southern Guild, Cape Town (fabricator)
© Porky Hefe

The exhibition is underpinned by four themes – Illumination, Reflection, Conservation, and Speculation – that invite audiences to embark on a journey of exploration and to discover the intersecting ideas through the works on display. The four thematic pillars have emerged from the collective work presented in the NGV Triennial 2020, illuminating the pressing concerns that preoccupy the artists, designers and architects of our time. Drawing on intimacy and awe, sadness and beauty, ruination and inspiration, these themes present a microcosm of the current world.

Tony Ellwood AM, Director, National Gallery of Victoria said: ‘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.’

NGV Triennial 2020

Tomoaki Suzuki
Installation view.
Courtesy of the Artist and Corvi