Check out what’s showing at the National Gallery of Victoria this year.
Last year, the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) welcomed more than three million visitors (a new record) and became one of the 20 most-visited galleries in the world. And if the stellar line-up for 2018 is anything to go by, it’s well positioned to maintain its leadership position in the global arts community.
Under the guidance of its director since 2012, Tony Ellwood, the NGV has wowed us with Monet’s Garden (2013); Melbourne Now (2013); Italian Masterpieces from Spain’s Royal Court (2014); The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the sidewalk to the catwalk (2014); Masterpieces from the Hermitage: The Legacy of Catherine the Great (2015), Van Gogh and the Seasons (2017) and The House of Dior: 70 Years of Haute Couture (2017).
While those exhibitions may seem hard to top, the attractions planned for 2018 are just as impressive, and there’s also cause for celebration.
“This year will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the NGV St Kilda Road building,” says Tony, “and this significant occasion sets the scene for another year that celebrates the diverse, thought-provoking and engaging programming that has established the NGV as a world-class art destination.”
To keep both traditional art buffs and modernist fans happy, major historical, contemporary, Australian and international exhibitions are slated throughout the year.
National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) 2018 calendar highlights
On until 15 April at NGV International
From 15 March at NGV Australia
27 April – 26 August at NGV Australia
9 June to 7 October at NGV International
Top feature image caption – Exhibition image of Yayoi Kusama’s Flower Obsession 2017 on display in NGV Triennial at NGV International 2017 Photo: Eugene Hyland
- Mass by Ron Mueck, 2017 on display at NGV Triennial. Photo: Eugene Hyland
- Gordon Bennett Terra nullius 1989 synthetic polymer paint on canvas 75.0 x 225.0 cm Gold Coast City Gallery, Surfers Paradise. Purchased with funds raised by Gold Coast City Art Gallery Volunteers, 1989 (1989.43) © The Estate of Gordon Bennett
- James Doolin, United States 1932–2002, lived in Australia 1965–67. Artificial landscape 67/5 1967 synthetic polymer paint on canvas 129.6 x 101.8 cm. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Purchased through The Art Foundation of Victoria with funds provided by the National Gallery Society of Victoria, Governor, 1985 (AC11-1985). © James Doolin.
- Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923–1997) Drowning Girl, 1963 Oil and synthetic polymer paint on canvas 67 5/8 x 66 3/4” (171.6 x 169.5 cm) The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Philip Johnson Fund (by exchange) and gift of Mr. and Mrs. Bagley Wright. © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein/Licensed by Viscopy, 2016