Art

NGV Triennial to unveil more than 300 amazing artworks in Melbourne

Get hyped, everyone. The NGV Triennial, Melbourne’s own recurring contemporary art festival, is set to bring over 100 artists from more than 32 countries, including world-renowned Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.

The event, which opens on the 15th of December, will feature the world’s best art and design from both emerging and established creatives. Expect to see a diverse selection of works coming from the fields of technology, architecture, performance, film, painting, fashion design, tapestry, and sculpture.

One of the most highly-anticipated exhibitions, of course, is Yayoi Kusama’s. The 88-year-old artist’s interactive installation – called Flower Obsession – will ask visitors to apply fake flowers on the walls over a span of four months until the space is completely “obliterated.”

And that’s not the only show you should be watching out for. According to the NGV director Tony Ellwood, the Triennial will have a diverse line-up of a “social, cultural, scientific, and psychological basis”.

20 new works, commissioned by the NGV, will make their premiere. These include a reclining Buddha juxtaposed against Greco-Roman statues by sculptor Xu Zhen, Marie Antoinette-inspired haute couture gowns from designer Guo Pei, and a series by Berlin-based Sissel Tolaas that recreates the scents of Melbourne – or should I say, Smellbourne.

If you’re into Gogglebox, artist Einat Amir has a lounge where people can watch their favourite television shows, while being watched by other visitors. Freaky!

As for local talents, there are plenty. To name a few, there’s Ben Quilty, Buro North, Riley Payne, Sean O’Connell, Tom Cargo, and Ron Mueck, who will unveil his biggest work ever: a mass of 100 skulls piled on top of each other.

The NGV Triennial will run from 15 December 2017 to 15 April 2018 at NGV International and entry is free! Find out more about the festival here.