News | NGV announces inaugural NGV triennial to open December 2017

Zanele Muholi Ntozakhe II, Parktown 2016 Courtesy the artist and STEVENSON gallery, Johannesburg

The NGV has announced the line-up for its inaugural triennial of contemporary art.

From the NGV:

Featuring the work of 60 artists and designers from 30 countries, the NGV Triennial surveys the world’s best art and design, across cultures, scales, geographies and perspectives.

The inaugural NGV Triennial will open in December 2017. It will be a free exhibition and celebration of contemporary art and design practice that traverses all four levels of NGV International, as well as offering a rich array of programs.

The NGV Triennial explores cutting edge technologies, architecture, animation, performance, film, painting, drawing, fashion design, tapestry and sculpture.

Visitors will have an opportunity to look at the world and its past, present and future through the eyes of some of the most creative minds working today.

See the full list of artists here:

The triennial will also include a research component in partnership with the University of Melbourne


The NGV has created an editorial platform to engage local and international commentators from diverse backgrounds to explore the NGV Triennial exhibition themes of Body, Change, Movement, Time and Virtual. This unique project will present a network of ideas – as they are manifested in the real world – by hundreds of respondents. Within the heart of the NGV Triennial, these ideas will be accessible through an immersive lounge space created by Büro North for audiences to experience during their visit to the NGV Triennial.

Through interviews, texts, podcasts, film and other visual material, visitors will be able to curate their own experience of the exhibition themes through their interactions within the lounge. The project aims to reflect the diverse world we inhabit today and the changes and ideas that will shape our future.

The University of Melbourne will celebrate the interdisciplinary nature of the NGV Triennial with a range of leading academics commissioning new material for this project alongside local and international respondents.

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