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Free Exhibitions at the NGV International this Summer

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by Geoff Edlund (subscribe)
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The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) International is a great place to take the family, and relax over summer. Its location, just south of the Yarra River and Flinders Street Station, makes it easily accessible, and the diverse range of exhibits are sure to appeal.

Begin with the NGV Architecture Commission - 'Haven't You Always Wanted' on the Ground Level. Head back to the Grollo Equiset Garden, for a pink and playful structure based on a car wash. Feel free to roam around these inviting spaces which are also being used for talks and performances across Summer.

Head up the escalators to Level 3, where you'll find 'Shut Up and Paint' in the Contemporary Art and Design section. It includes more than 20 artists with many of the works being new to Australia.

Exhibit, Shut up, NGV
Entrance to the Contemporary Painting Exhibit


Common Ground' is also on that level and includes work from the permanent collection of the gallery. It covers design, fashion, photography, prints, drawings, and related media. A broad range of themes are covered including nature, time, and masculinity, in a whimsical and intriguing layout.

Common Ground, Gallery, Contemporary
Enter the maze-like exhibit of 'Common Ground'


Your tour ends with the 'Realtime' exhibit, as you head back down to Level 1 Mezzanine to check out the Asian Art section. Originally from Kyoto, this evocative video installation by Miyanga Akira blends modern life with traditional images in a captivating yet haunting blend.

So, you've done the walking, seen the art, and all for free. It's time to enjoy the great weather in the gallery gardens, and grab a well deserved drink or snack, to wrap up your trip to this summer's best exhibits at the NGV International.
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Why? Melbourne's best collection of art and sculpture
When: 10am-5pm Daily
Phone: 8662 1555
Where: National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) International
Cost: Free
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