A master stroke in curation - highlights from the NGV Triennial 
NGV Triennial's Stunning Blend of Timeless and Modern

On 3 December 2023, Melbourne welcomed the NGV’s latest summer blockbuster exhibition - NGV Triennial. Now in its third edition, the NGV Triennial has rapidly established itself as the exhibit showcasing the best and emerging Australian, international and First Nations talent. 

NGV Triennial features 100 extraordinary projects from 120 artists, designers and collectives at the forefront of global contemporary practice. This exhibition spans across all four levels of NGV International so you may need multiple visits to see everything. 

Past editions of NGV Triennial were grand, visually mesmerising and thought provoking and the latest iteration builds on this even further. What makes NGV Triennial even more captivating to the visitor is how they integrate the NGV Triennial works within the NGV’s permanent collection. Seeing modern works by Yoko Ono, Tracey Emin and Franzika Furter in between classic works such Tiepolo’s The Banquet of Cleopatra or Turner's Dunstanburgh Castle brings a new perspective to the permanent collection. 

Casper Magazine has rounded up the highlights from this eclectic yet cohesive collection of contemporary art works and installations. 

Paris haute couture fashion house Schiaparelli artistic director Daniel Roseberry has presented a collection of works from recent collections alongside a collection of gilded surrealist accessories and body adornment.  

Mun-Dirra (Maningrida Fish Fence) The largest woven installation ever produced in Australian is featured in NGV Triennial. Consisting of 100 metres of hand-dyed pandanus woven over two years by 13 esteemed Maningrida artists. Mun-dirra (which translates to Fish Fence in Burarra language) is an infinite woven symphony that layers, collaboration, histories and cultures. 

Heterobota New York City based artist Agnieszka Pilat invites you to the home of four-legged robots, to observe and interact with them as they go about their daily routines. A live installation that feels dystopian, you observe the robots playing, resting and painting in their studio, the robots make their own artworks and their behaviours and creative capacity seemingly echoes our own. 

Nowhere to go by Sheila Hicks is a major sculptural installation utilising Hicks’ signature bulbous forms of brightly coloured fibre. Stacked high in the centre of the room, the forms gather to create an imposing and yet playful installation that celebrates the experience of architectural space and the emotional potential of colour.

NGV Triennial is open until 7 April 2024. Free entry. For more information ngv.vic.gov.au

By Tin Chi

@ tinmanofaus 


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A master stroke in curation - highlights from the NGV Triennial