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December 14, 2020

The 2020 Triennial: The NGV's December Reopening

After extended closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) – the epicentre of Melbourne’s vibrant arts scene – is finally set to reopen to the public this month.

In what feels like a celebration of Victoria’s lockdown coming to an end, December 19 not only marks the NGV opening its doors, but also the unveiling of its highly anticipated Triennial exhibition.

Open until April 18 of next year, the Triennial presents 86 projects of large-scale international contemporary art, design, and architecture by more than 100 artists, designers, and collectives from more than 30 countries. It explores some of the most globally relevant and pressing issues of our time, including isolation, representation, and speculation on the future. The NGV’s inaugural Triennial exhibition in 2017 left visitors with a lot of food for thought, with its intention being to tackle current issues through art. For its upcoming instalment, it extends this aim into the new decade, with a range of new commissions and initiatives that are intellectually, socially, and aesthetically compelling.

Elaborating on what we can expect from the exhibition, director of the NGV Tony Ellwood describes the 2020 Triennial as ‘bold and ambitious’, with a focus on the contemporary issues that affect us all.

The exhibition will navigate important issues that are affecting the world today. It will illuminate and enlighten. It will find exciting ways of engaging people from all walks of life and it will intersect with our historic collections to provide a new perspective.
– TONY ELLWOOD, NGV DIRECTOR. 

With Melbourne gradually emerging from lockdown and easing restrictions, the city’s arts and culture lovers can look forward to this end-of-year celebration of creative minds. The turbulence of 2020 has made the future uncertain for people all over the globe, and it isn’t unusual to look to the artists of our time for speculation – a service the NGV is uniquely suited to providing. The venue will be reopening in line with Victorian Government health and safety guidelines, with a range of public health and physical distancing implemented.

If you liked this article, you may like our feature on the NGV’s 2023 Melbourne NOW exhibit.

Images courtesy of the NGV.

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