NGV Triennial | 86 projects | 100+ artists | 30+ countries

The second iteration of the ‘NGV Triennial’ explores some of the most globally relevant and pressing issues of our time, including isolation, representation and speculation on the future. The exhibition, showing at NGV International in Melbourne until 18 April, features 86 projects of large-scale international contemporary art, design and architecture by more than 100 artists, designers and collectives from more than 30 countries.

‘NGV Triennial’ is supported by four themes – Illumination, Reflection, Conservation and Speculation – that invite audiences to embark on a journey of exploration and to discover the intersecting ideas through the works on display.

Dhambit Mununggurr, Bees at Gäṉgän, 2019, synthetic polymer paint on Stringybark (Eucalyptus Sp.), 183 x 117cm. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Purchased with funds supported by the Orloff Family Charitable Trust, 2020. © Dhambit Mununggurr. Courtesy the artist and Salon Indigenous Art Projects, Darwin

Highlights include an entire floor dedicated to works concerning light and illumination presented in dialogue with the NGV’s historical collection; a ten-metre high video work that uses artificial intelligence, machine learning and quantum computing by Anadol; and, a comprehensive display of works by Dhambit Mununggurr, the first Yolngu artist to depict Country in her signature shades of acrylic blue paint.

Tony Ellwood AM, Director, National Gallery of Victoria said, ‘The ‘NGV Triennial’ offers visitors a significant opportunity to explore how we use art to express ourselves, communicate and consider the world as it is, while also asking how we would like it to be. We are all living in a world in flux: there has never been a more important moment to celebrate human capability than now.’

Accompanying the ‘NGV Triennial’ are virtual exhibition tours and programs including a puppet-making studio for kids inspired by the work of Misaki Kawai, as well as a five-volume, highly illustrated publication.