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Commencing Friday 15 December 2017 and running through to 15 April 2018, NGV Triennial features the work of over 100 artists and designers from 32 countries.



Exclusive to Melbourne, the free NGV Triennial surveys the world of art and design, across cultures, scales, geographies and perspectives and includes newly commissioned works never seen before.

You'll be able to explore cutting-edge technologies, architecture, animation, film, painting, drawing, fashion, design, tapestry and sculpture and see the world and its past, present and future all coming together and seen through the eyes of some of the most creative minds working today.

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Yayoi Kusama is one of the most celebrated and prolific living artists in the world today


This year's free inaugural exhibition will take place over all four levels of the gallery and many of the works are participatory in nature designed to engage the public.

Some of the highlights include:


A new participatory work by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, titled 'Flower obsession' in which visitors will 'obliterate' a room with an array of colourful flowers

The spectacular 15.8m long reclining Buddha adorned with 3D scanned and cast replicas of classical Greco-Roman sculptures by Xu Zhen (China), creating an East meets West of art traditions

A display from Chinese couturier Guo Pei (designer of Rihanna's canary-yellow Met Ball gown0 of elaborate Marie Antoinette-inspired haute couture gowns

A project by 'smell designer' Sissel Tolaas (Norway), in which she will recreate the Scent of Melbourne

A display of 100 oversized human skulls created by Australian artist Ron Mueck

Alexandra Kehayoglou will create one of her vividly illustrated carpets, spanning over eight-metres-long.

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Ron Mueck's Mass


The full program of events can be found here.




The 2017 NGV Architecture Commission will also premiere to coincide with the NGV Triennial. The NGV garden will be transformed into a maze-like series of open-air passageways, corridors and rooms. Entitled Garden Wall by Retallack Thompson and Other Architects, the structure comprises over 260 white walls clad in transparent woven mesh, which offer visitors the opportunity to rediscover NGV's Grollo Equiset Garden.
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Why? A world of contemporary art and design lands at the NGV for the inaugural NGV Triennial
When: From 15 December 2017 to 15 April 2018
Phone: 61 (0)3 8620 2222
Where: NGV International
Cost: Free
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