Tag: NGV International

Faculty of Arts Dean’s Lecture | Art and Detection: Investigating Louis Duffy, a Forgotten British Painter of the Second World War – Ted Gott | University of Melbourne

Louis Duffy (1908-98), Christ driving out the money changers, c. 1940. Oil on canvas, 122.4 × 152.9 cm. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (Purchased with the assistance of Bruce Parncutt and Robin Campbell, 2006)

In September 2006 the National Gallery of Victoria acquired at auction a remarkable painting by a virtually unknown artist: Christ Turning Out the Money Lenders, a work attributed by the auction house to a ‘Louis Duffy, 20th century’. This impressively large painting shows sixteen men dressed in c. 1940 business suits, gathered in tense confrontation in a modern-day retelling of the New Testament account of Christ expelling the money changers from the Temple. In Duffy’s composition, the Temple setting has been transmuted into a modern graveyard, and the money changers have morphed into mid-20th-century arms dealers trading munitions on the…

Lecture Series | The Art and Life of Edgar Degas – Roberta Crisci-Richardson | NGV International

Edgar Degas 
Family portrait (Portrait de famille), also called The Bellelli family 1867
oil on canvas
201.0 x 249.5 cm
Lemoisne 79
Musée d'Orsay, Paris (RF 2210)
© Musée d'Orsay, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Patrice Schmidt

Throughout art history Edgar Degas has been categorised as a nationalist, misogynist and experimental artist. But, is this an accurate portrayal? Considering Degas’s life and work from the streets of Paris to the walls of the salon – who was Degas really? In a series of three lectures, Dr Roberta Crisci-Richardson, author of Mapping Degas, challenges popular notions of Degas by considering his life and work in his context of nineteenth century France. Speaker Dr Roberta Crisci-Richardson, art historian, author of Mapping Degas: Real Spaces, Symbolic Spaces and Invented Spaces in the Life and Work of Edgar Degas (1834–1917) Book…

Lecture | International Degas expert Xavier Rey on Degas and the Nude | NGV International

Edgar Degas Woman in a tub c. 1883 pastel 70.0 x 70.0 cm Tate, London Bequeathed by Mrs A.F. Kessler 1983 (T03563) © Tate, London 2016

The nude figure was central to the art of Edgar Degas, and yet frequently the artist’s expansive body of work in this area has been overshadowed by focus on portraits and dancers. Listen in as Xavier Rey, Director of Collections, Musée d’Orsay explores the evolution of Degas’s nude, from the academic and historical approach of his early years to the role of the body in modernity. Xavier Rey is the Director of Collections at the Musée d’Orsay. He has curated numerous exhibitions including Degas and the Nude (2012); Degas. The Masterpieces of the Musée d’Orsay, Paris (2012-13) and Faces of Impressionism:…

Masterclass | Degas – A new vision, a new beginning | University of Melbourne and NGV

Edgar Degas Rehearsal hall at the Opéra, rue Le Peletier 1872 oil on canvas 32.7 x 46.3 cm Musée d'Orsay, Paris (RF 1977) © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d’Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski

In partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria’s exhibition Degas: A new vision, the Faculty of Arts is proud to present a four-part masterclass series on the life and art of Edgar Degas, one of the most recognizable grand masters of French modernism. Drawn from across the globe and with over 200 artworks, this exhibition represents one of the most internationally significant retrospectives of Degas, highlighting his influential contribution across the different mediums of painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking and photography. This masterclass will reflect the breadth and diversity of the exhibition as we explore the development of Degas’ art from…

NGV acquires Degas sculpture

Edgar Degas Dancer looking at the sole of her right foot (Second study) c. 1900–10, cast 1919–37 or later bronze 47.3 x 24.3 x 20.8 cm Czestochowski/Pingeot 59 (cast T) National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Purchased with funds donated by Leigh Clifford AO and Sue Clifford, 2016

At today’s preview for the new Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition – Degas: A new vision – the NGV announced that one sculpture in the exhibition will be staying in Melbourne. Degas’s ‘Dancer looking at the sole of her right foot (Second study)’ has been purchased for the NGV collection with funds donated by Leigh and Sue Clifford. Many of Degas’ sculptures were unknown during his lifetime. After the poor reception of his now-famous ‘Little Dancer’ (a cast of which is in the exhibition) in 1881 he kept much of his work in sculpture secret. He modelled in wax and is known to have remade and often destroyed…

Contemporary Pacific Art and Community Day | NGV International

Lisa Reihana Māori people born 1964 in Pursuit of Venus 2015 (still); (detail) National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Purchased NGV Foundation, 2015 © Lisa Reihana

A celebration of Melbourne’s vibrant Pacific community, contemporary culture and art Please join us at 11am for a traditional welcome and blessing ceremony, followed by morning tea and harmonies by the Pasefika Vitoria Choir, formed especially for this event. This day of celebrations marks the opening of the exhibitions Siu i Moana: Reaching Across the Ocean, Greg Semu: The Raft of the Tagata Pasifika (People of the Pacific), Lisa Reihana: in Pursuit of Venus and the NGV Collection display, Art of the Pacific. Program highlights include a contemporary performance by Tongan artist Ruha Fifita, collaborator with Robin White on the…

Symposium | Degas: A New Vision | NGV International

Edgar Degas , Rehearsal hall at the Opéra, rue Le Peletier (Le foyer de la danse à l'Opéra de la rue Le Peletier) 1872, oil on canvas, 32.7 x 46.3 cm, Lemoisne 298
Musée d'Orsay, Paris (RF 1977) © RMN-Grand Palais (musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski

As part of the the NGV’s winter exhibition on Edgar Degas the gallery is hosting a symposium with international experts on the artist. From his paintings of ballerinas to the social world of Parisian nightlife, Degas’ works demonstrate great technical, conceptual and expressive skill and reveal his openness to experiment with a range of mediums. Date: 2-5pm, Friday 24th June 2016 Venue: Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, NGV International Bookings required – book online here. Tickets $35 A / $28 M / $30 C (includes light refreshment) Speakers Henri Loyrette, Exhibition Curator Henri Loyrette is a French arts administrator and historian who served as director of…

NGV Appeal to buy François Marie Poncet’s 1782 Vénus

François Marie Poncet Vénus, Rome, 1782, white marble with grey veins, on a marble plinth with roses and acanthus leaves, Vénus: height 120 cm; plinth: height 100.5 x 45.0 x 45.5 cm

The NGV is asking for donations to support its acquisition of François Marie Poncet’s 1782 ‘Vénus’. Poncet was a French sculptor who was a pupil of the famous Etienne-Maurice Falconet at the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture in Paris. He left for Rome in 1760 and spent much of his career in Italy. His first fifteen years in Rome seem to have been spent at the fringes of the Académie de France (he had twice entered the Prix de Rome but been unsuccessful), in contact with British, German and Scandinavian Neo-classical artists. In 1771 he was elected to the Accademia…

Exhibition Review | Whistler’s Mother | NGV International

Installation view of Whistler’s Mother at NGV International, 25 March – 19 June 2016.
Photo: Brooke Holm

The National Gallery of Victoria’s latest loan exhibition is based around a single painting by James McNeil Whistler – his Arrangement in grey and black no. 1 of 1871, popularly known as the Portrait of the artist’s mother, or just ‘Whistler’s Mother’. Compared to the just-closed Warhol/Wei Wei summer blockbuster, this is a small, intimate exhibition. The painting is on loan from the Musée d’Orsay and the exhibition is filled out with etchings, prints, paintings, furniture and decorative arts from the NGV’s permanent collection. The exhibition sets this single painting into a fresh context, one that enriches our understanding of Whistler and…

Lecture | A World of Things: Exchange and Material Culture in the First Global Age – Giorgio Riello | NGV International


A World of Things: Exchange and Material Culture in the First Global Age, 1500-1800 | Robert Wilson Annual Lecture 2016 | Professor Giorgio Riello, Director of the Warwick Institute of Advanced Study and Professor of History at Warwick University We are often told that we live in an age of globalization, one of growing homogenization of consumption, increasing communication and cultural and economic integration. Yet the study of material culture suggests that today’s global connectedness is not new. The early modern period (c. 1500-1800) can be seen as the ‘first global age’ as contact between different parts of the world intensified.…

Call for Papers | AICCM – FRAME: Concept, History and Conservation – a symposium | Melbourne, August 2016

Nicolas Poussin, The Crossing of the Red Sea, 1632-34, o/c, 155.6 × 215.3 cm., National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Felton Bequest, 1948 (1843-4). Frame corner of French Régence frame, c.1710

Update: Please  note that the CFP deadline is now the 13th May. A symposium on the picture frame AICCM – FRAME: Concept, History and Conservation, Melbourne 2016, will be convened on 24-26 August 2016 at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia. Convenors: Louise Bradley (AICCM), Barbara Dabrowa (Senior Conservator of Frames at Art Gallery of NSW) and Holly McGowan-Jackson (Senior Conservator of Framing, NGV) Call for Papers The Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material, Conservation Framing and Gilded Objects (special interest groups) will hold this international symposium, encompassing both traditional framing as well as broader concepts of framing for…

Floor Talk Series | Redefining Whistler | NGV International

James McNeill Whistler, Nocturne: Palaces, (1880-1886); printed 1886, plate from A set of twenty-six etchings (or The second Venice set), 1886

Starting this Sunday there are several floor talk from curators and other experts on aspects of the current ‘Whistler’s Mother’ exhibition at NGV. With his long mane of curly dark hair, monocle, tailored coat and French top hat, James McNeil Whistler was a showman and self-described ‘dandy’ Along with his theatrical public persona, he was an extraordinary painter and printmaker; creating some of the nineteenth century’s most radical and influential works. At a time when moral lessons and storytelling dominated British art, Whistler was an uncompromising aesthete. He believed in the visual and sensual qualities of art and design over…

Artist Talk | Lee Mingwei | NGV International

Photo of Lee Mingwei

Born in Taiwan and currently living in Paris, Lee Mingwei creates participatory installations that explore trust, intimacy, and self-awareness. His open-ended scenarios and one-on-one interactive works invite audiences to play a role and use everyday interactions, like eating, sleeping and walking in powerful ways. In a lunchtime lecture, Lee Mingwei shares insights into his work. The talk will be followed by a Q&A with Simon Maidment, Curator, Contemporary Art. Lee Mingwei | Born in Taiwan in 1964 and currently living in Paris, Lee Mingwei creates participatory installations, where strangers can explore issues of trust, intimacy, and self-awareness, and one-on-one events, where…

Student Night At NGV’s Ai Weiwei and Andy Warhol Exhibition


Apologies for the short notice. The NGV is holding a student night TONIGHT Monday 29th Feb. Anyone with a student card is invited to view the exhibition tonight at a discount price. Website. Warhol/Weiwei Student Night Mon 29 Feb, 5.30pm–9pm NGV International An exclusive evening for VCE and tertiary students. Enjoy pop up talks, drawing with artist Kenny Pittock, pop art selfies in Studio Cats and music provided by local DJ. Refreshments available from Gallery Kitchen and exhibition pop up shop will also be open. All for the student friendly price of $13 (with valid student card).

Lecture Series | A Tale of Three Cities – Ai Weiwei and Andy Warhol | NGV International

Christopher Makos Andy Warhol in Tiananmen Square 1982 © Christopher Makos 1982, makostudio.com, Ai Weiwei Chinese 1957– Williamsburg, Brooklyn 1983 from the New York Photographs series 1983‒93 silver gelatin photograph Ai Weiwei Studio © Ai Weiwei

Two artists, three cities. Journeying through similar times and places, though never crossing paths, Andy Warhol’s and Ai Weiwei’s work and life have been shaped by the cities of Beijing, Pittsburgh and New York. How have time and place shaped Andy Warhol, Ai Weiwei and their artworks? What legacy have these artists had on the cities they called home? Each week guest speakers explore these questions through the lens of the city: Pittsburgh, New York and Beijing, sharing illustrated insights into Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei’s artistic practice and revealing the impact of the city, time and place on these…