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KAWS Exhibition NGV International

Contemporary American artist and designer KAWS, aka Brian Donnelly, is one of the most prolific artists of his generation. In an Australian first KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness, is a comprehensive look of 25 years of his artwork. The KAWS exhibition at the NGV International will please people of all ages. KAWS’ sculptures range in size from a few metres to ten metres tall and are made from a variety of materials. The materials used in the exhibition include wood, bronze, aluminium, fiberglass and a steel pontoon inflatable raft.

This exhibition will only be displayed in Melbourne, Australia.


Commonly asked questions about the KAWS Exhibition


What will I be able to see at the KAWS exhibition at the NGV?

The full range of KAWS’s artistic output will be on display. There will be over 100 works including iconic paintings which reappropriate pop-culture figures to his more recent larger sized abstract works. An impressive collection of his celebrated sculptural figurines have been displayed.


Which themes does the KAWS exhibition at NGV explore?

KAWS engages with the universal feelings of loneliness and isolation in the turbulent world that we live today. His larger-than-life sculptures are playful toy-like figures; however upon closer glance reveal a darkness and fragility in the vulnerable poses of characters.


Have any new works been commissioned for this exhibition?

The exhibition at the NGV will include a newly commissioned 7-metre bronze companion sculpture called GONE, 2019. It stands solemnly in a Pietà pose and evokes a sense of sorrow and empathy. This work will be displayed in the NGV International’s Federation Court and is the largest bronze KAWS has created to date.


Is there a companion children’s exhibition?

KAWS: Playtime is a free and immersive exhibition for children displaying KAW’s signature character BF and artworks referencing his popular toy-like figures. The exhibition encourages creativity and exploration through hands-on activities and interactive experiences.

KAWS: Companion in the Age of Loneliness and KAWS: Playtime will be open at the NGV International from 20 September 2019 to 13 April 2020.


How much does KAWS: The Age of Loneliness cost?

Tickets are $20 AUD for adults, $17 AUD for concession, $10 for Children (5-15 years) and $45 for a family of 2 adults and 3 children. Tickets are available directly from the NGV International.


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