In 2013, the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) launched their “largest and most ambitious project”. This exhibition, Melbourne Now, celebrated the latest in art, architecture, design, fashion and dance. And now, ten years later, it’s coming back.
The second edition of Melbourne Now will take over all levels of The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia in 2023. It will highlight the work of over 200 Victorian-based artists, designers, studios and films. Expect over 60 world-premiere works commissioned by NGV – many of them are presenting at the NGV for the first time. This free exhibition will be on display from March 24 to August 20, 2023.
This exhibition will highlight a range of contemporary disciplines across fashion, jewellery, painting, sculpture, architecture, ceramics, video, virtual reality, performance, photography, printmaking, product design and publishing. The exhibiting artists are all shaping the cultural landscape of Melbourne and Victoria. They include Christian Thompson, Ester Stewart, Atong Atem, Mia Boe, Kait James, Pitcha Makin Fellas, Layla Vardo, Nicholas Mangan, Fiona Abicare, Meagan Streader, Sean Hogan, Amos Gebhardt and Lisa Reid.
“The 2023 exhibition marks the ten-year anniversary of the inaugural presentation and offers an unprecedented opportunity to reflect on how Melbourne and Victoria have transformed, changed and grown over the past decade,” said Tony Ellwood AM, Director of NGV. “No other exhibition series reflects Victoria life and culture with such depth, nuance and breadth. We are excited to build upon this incredible legacy with this new, blockbuster presentation of Victorian creativity in 2023.”
What can you look forward to?
- A room-sized, neon-lit ‘temple’ made from thousands of computer fans by emerging artist Rel Pham, drawing on his Vietnamese heritage and interest in gaming culture.
- Inflatable walking frames tumbling into the foyer of the third floor, presented alongside dinosaur-shaped children’s chairs in Lou Hubbard’s Walking with Dinosaurs.
- The gallery illuminated with hand-painted paper lanterns in the shape of dilly bags by Larrakia/Wardaman/Karajarri artist Jenna Lee.
- A 10-metre-long installation from Lee Darroch, made from driftwood collected on Country in Duta Ganha Woka (Save Mother Earth).
- Swarming, a piece that is part playground and part photobooth by James Lemon. This invites people of all ages to learn about the importance of bee life through play.
- An immersive installation of Julia Ciccarone’s detailed paintings within the Impressionism galleries.
The exhibition will also include displays that provide an in-depth look into particular themes, media and technical innovations. The Design Wall will return with a large-scale installation, celebrating consumer products that were designed in Melbourne over the last decade. Representing 23 Melbourne design studios, products will include guitars, ladders, pillows and more.
Fashion Now will highlight the work of 18 local designers, ranging from couture to streetwear. This display will highlight how fashion reflects and is embedded in a city’s identity.
Slippery Images uses the work of 12 artists to reveal the loose and slippery aspects of photography. See an array of photographic works that are cut, collaged, painted, pierced and displayed in unconventional ways.
With over 200 ambitious projects on display, there’s so much more to discover. This exhibition will take over all levels of The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, from March 24.