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NGV Triennial 2020

NGV Triennial returns in 2020 and promises to be a cultural experience like no other

The NGV have announced that NGV Triennial 2020 will be returning for from the 19th of December 2020 to the 18th of April 2021. The NGV Triennial 2020 will explore some of the most globally relevant and pressing issues of our time, including isolation, representation and speculation on the future.

NGV Triennial will be presenting 86 projects by more than 100 artists, designers and collectives from more than 30 countries round the world.  It will present a large scale exhibition of design, architecture and international contemporary art. The exhibition will offer a visually arresting and thought-provoking view of the world at this unique moment.

Free and exclusive to Melbourne, this is the second installment of the NGV Triennial which is held every three years. The inaugural exhibition held in 2017 was the NGV’s most attended exhibition to date, with more than 1.23 million visitors.


What are the highlights of NGV Triennial 2020?

Highlights of NGV Triennial 2020 include:

  • An entire floor dedicated to works concerning light and illumination presented in dialogue with the NGV’s historical collection.
  • Monumental video work by Refik Anadol spanning 10 metres high and wide. The video uses AI intelligence, machine learning and quantum computing to visualise our digitised memories of nature.
  • A larger than life mirror polished sculpture of Venus the Roman Goddess of love by American artist Jeff Koons.


What themes will be explored at NGV Triennial 2020?

NGV Triennial 2020 is underpinned by four themes – illumination, reflection, speculation and conservation. The exhibition invites audiences to embark on a journey of exploration and discovering the intersecting ideas through the works on display.  Drawing on intimacy, sadness and beauty, awe, inspiration and ruination, these themes will present a microcosm of the current world.


Which artists have been commissioned and works acquired from for NGV Triennial?

Artists that have been commissioned for NGV Triennial 2020 are:

  • Adam Nathaniel Furman (b. England) and Sibling Architecture (Australia)
  • Aïda Muluneh (b. Ethiopia)
  • Alice Potts (b. England)
  • Alicja Kwade (b. Germany)
  • Angela Tiatia (b. New Zealand)
  • Atong Atem (b. Ethiopia)
  • BTVV (Switzerland and Finland)
  • Cerith Wyn Evans (b. Wales)
  • Daniel Arsham (b. USA)
  • Fecal Matter (Canada)
  • Fred Wilson (b. USA)
  • Glenda Nicholls (b. Australia)
  • Julian Opie (b. England)
  • Liam Young (b. Australia)
  • Misaki Kawai (b. Japan)
  • Patricia Urquiola (b. Spain)
  • Pierre Mukeba (b. DRC)
  • Porky Hefer (b. South Africa)
  • Scotty So (b. Hong Kong)
  • Tabor Robak (b. USA)
  • Tromarama (Indonesia)
  • Tomoaki Suzuki (b. Japan)


When and where will the NGV Triennial 2020 be held?

The NGV Triennial 2020 will be held at the NGV International, St Kilda Road Melbourne from the 19th of December 2020 to the 18th of April 2020. Entry is free to all.



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