NGV extends hours for final days of Triennial as more than 490,000 visitors flock to the exhibition

13 April 2021

This exhibition is a must see for all professionals working in the digital print, sign and display industry. 

The National Gallery of Victoria will extend opening hours for the final days of the blockbuster NGV Triennial exhibition which closes on Sunday 18 April.
NGV Triennial has already welcomed more than 490,000 visitors since opening on 19 December 2020, and due to popular demand, the exhibition will be open from 9.00 am – 9.00 pm on Friday 16 April, and from 9.00 am – 6.00 pm on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 April.
Visitors to the Gallery can enjoy a live DJ set by Melbourne-based DJ Nam from The Operatives on Friday 16 April at the Triennial Stage in the NGV Garden. Dining experiences on offer throughout the final days of Triennial include the Forecourt café, Gallery Kitchen, Tearooms, Garden Restaurant and NGV Garden which will host a Yering Station Wine Bar with a food menu designed to pair with the Yering Station wines.

NGV Triennial encompasses works of contemporary art, design and architecture by more than 100 artists and designers from over 30 countries and explores some of the most globally relevant and pressing issues of our time, including isolation, representation and speculation on the future. 

Tony Ellwood AM, Director, NGV said ‘We have been delighted to welcome so many visitors back to the gallery since opening NGV Triennial last December. It has been inspiring to see so many of our valued community members enjoy this free and expansive exhibition, and one of our most ambitious presentations to date. We’re delighted to be able to offer our audiences extended hours for the last weekend of the exhibition.’

Offering a visually arresting and thought-provoking view of the world at this unique moment, NGV Triennial highlights include:  A multifaceted work by renowned French artist JR, which brings global attention to the ecological decline of the Darling River. Further highlights include a larger-than-life mirror-polished sculpture of Venus, Roman goddess of love, by American artist Jeff Koons and an entire floor dedicated to works concerning light and illumination presented in dialogue with the NGV’s historical collection.
Exploring the themes of daylight, candlelight and moonlight inspired by and within the context of the NGV’s seventeenth and eighteenth century Flemish, Dutch and British collections, interior designer Faye Toogood has curated several gallery spaces creating a considered salon-style interior featuring newly commissioned furniture, lighting, scenography, sculpture and large-scale tapestries. Architect and designer Patricia Urquiola presents her first major installation in Australia titled Recycled woollen island 2020, which features upcycled textile furnishings hand crafted in India in the form of humorous super-sized socks, enabling visitors to pause and reflect on the NGV’s Great Hall ceiling. 
Further highlights include a monumental video work by Refik Anadol spanning 10 metres high and wide, which uses artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and quantum computing to visualise our digitised memories of nature; and a comprehensive display of works 15 large-scale single sheet bark paintings and nine larrakitj (hollow poles) by Yolngu woman Dhambit Mununggurr, and a collaboration between Kengo Kuma, one of the most respected figures in Japanese architecture, and Melbourne artist Geoffrey Nees who have created an architectural pavilion that acts as a sensorial walkway through which to approach and contemplate a newly acquired painting by South Korean artist Lee Ufan. 
Free and exclusive to Melbourne, NGV Triennial 2020 is the second instalment of the NGV Triennial, which is held every three years.
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