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Published July 10th 2014
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The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is renowned for its world-class exhibitions and art collections from ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, pre-Columbian period and indigenous cultures of the Pacific area. The oldest and pre-eminent public art museum in Australia is also home to an outstanding collection of European and British paintings dating from 1200 to today, fashion and textiles exhibits, photography, furniture, sculpture and 4000 works representing the art of Asia. Its Australian collection of artworks is displayed at the Ian Potter Centre in Federation Square. NGV is one of the reason why Melbourne is one of the best places for art in the country. In addition to major exhibitions, the gallery also hosts several free displays and events throughout the year. Here are the FREE programs at NGV this winter for everyone to enjoy.

Portrait of an Artist at Ian Potter Centre

portrait of an artist at Ian potter centre
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NGV Australia is bringing a FREE series of music and conversations to the public this winter at the Ian Potter Centre. Entitled 'Unplugged Live: Portrait of an Artist', the series showcases 10 of Australia's best emerging and established musicians and bands. Hosted by Jae Laffer and NGV curators on Sunday between 2pm to 3pm, you will be able to join in discussions about shared themes between art and music and enjoy live performance by the musicians. The program schedule includes Bob Evans (6 July), New Gods (13 July), MT WARNING (20 July), Melody Pool (27 July), Adalita (3 August), Georgia Fair (10 August), Glenn Richards (17 August), Jae Laffer (24 August), Paul Dempsey (31 August) and Missy Higgins (7 September).

Art of the Table
ngv art of the table
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This FREE exhibition presents a variety of exquisite ceramics, glass, cutlery and silverware that adorned the dining tables of the affluent from the 16th to 18th centuries. You can view 12 themed cases filled with table wares spanning 500 years.

Each case exhibits wares developed for particular foods and beverages such as coffee, tea, chocolate, dairy and desserts. There are also porcelain dinner service including a Meissen service from a private collection and Renaissance dining featuring 16th century Venetian Maiolica plates and German stoneware. The exhibition is located in the Decorative Arts Passage on level 2.

Talk on Italian Masterpieces at NGV

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Together with its Melbourne Winter exhibition on the Italian Masterpieces, NGV is hosting a series of FREE talks every Friday in August between 12.30pm to 1.30pm. You can join expert NGV curators and conservators in a discussion about the works featured in the exhibition and get a deeper appreciation of the artists. The meeting point is the Information Desk. The program includes Renaissance portraiture & personalities - Lucrezia Borgia (1 August), Love & marriage in the Italian Renaissance (8 August), Veronese & Tiepolo (15 August), Mengs and eighteenth century portraiture (22 August) and Paola Pivi (29 August)

David McDiarmid - When This You See Remember Me
David McDiarmid - When This You See Remember Me
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NGV presents a FREE retrospective exhibition about leading Australian artist, designer and gay activist, David McDiarmid whose works has had enormous impact on both the gay liberation movement and the international dialogue around AIDS. You can view more than 200 of David's works that connect art, craft, fashion, music, sex and gay liberation.

They include the artist's New York graffiti and disco quilts, fashion collaborations with Linda Jackson, rainbow and gothic aphorisms, material produced as Sydney Mardi Gras Artistic Director; posters created for the AIDS Council of NSW, and his significant and highly influential international campaigns developed in the context of AIDS, sexual politics and safe sex in the 1990s. The exhibition runs until 31 Aug 2014 in The Ian Potter Centre at Federation Square.

Film Series mapping Italy and Spain
ngv film series on italy and spain
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Thanks to the good folks at NGV and Learning Partner of The University of Melbourne, you can enjoy 6 Sundays of FREE films that reminisce the attraction of Italy and Spain. The series include some of the greatest Italian cinematic masterpieces created in the 20th and 21st centuries. Staff from The University of Melbourne like Professor Angela Ndalianis, Dr Wendy Haslem and Anna Knight will provide brief introductions to each film.

The program includes Roman Holiday (1953, 118 mins, G) on 27 July, Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona (2008, 96 mins, M) on 3 August, To Rome with Love (2012, 112 mins, R) on 10 August, La Dolce Vita (1960, 174 mins, PG) on 17 August, Cinema Paradiso (1988, 155 mins, PG) on 24 August, and La grande bellezza (2013, 142 mins, MA15) on 31 August. Each film will be show from 3pm to 5pm at the Clemenger BBDO Auditorium on the ground Level.
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Why? Here are the free activities to enjoy in NGV this winter
When: Winter
Phone: (03) 8620 2222
Where: National Gallery of Victoria
Cost: Free
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