As major exhibition Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei enters its final weeks, the NGV has announced it will extend its daily opening hours until 9pm. It will also stay open for a full 24-hour period on Saturday April 23 from 10pm.
There will be special events right into the wee hours, including a pop-up talk from screen and sound researcher Hugh Davies. There will also be food and drinks inspired by the two artists offered in the Great Hall; and a DJ set by Oscar Key Sung.
On Saturday April 23, Australian singer-songwriter Robert Forster, co-founder of legendary rock band, The Go-Betweens, will perform from his latest album, Songs to Play, his first album in seven years.
Pre-sale tickets for Regurgitator on Friday April 22 have sold out, although a limited number are available for purchase at the door.
The NGV previously opened exhibitions all night for Salvador Dalí: Liquid Desire in 2009, and Napoleon: Revolution to Empire in 2012.
In a previous interview with Broadsheet, Melbourne’s Lord Mayor Robert Doyle expressed support for late-night initiatives.
“It changes the whole culture of the city when you’ve got activities like that,” he said in January, referring to the success of the Dali exhibition.
“That’s typically one of the hotspots [around Flinders Street Station], where trouble occurred late at night. Yet that night it was peaceful, it was good-natured, it was well-behaved,” he continued.
The Warhol | Weiwei exhibition dates have also been extended until ANZAC Day, when the gallery open from 1pm to 5pm.
The exhibition has so far attracted more than 300,000 visitors since opening in December. It will next travel to Warhol's hometown of Pittsburgh in the US.
Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei extended opening hours
Until April 15, 10am–5pm
Sat April 16 to Thu April 21, 10am–9pm
Fri April 22, 10am–5pm, 6pm–10pm
Fri April 22, Friday Nights at NGV featuring Regurgitator (pre-sale sold out; limited tickets available on the door)
Sat April 23, 10am–5pm, 6pm–10pm (Robert Forster performance)
Sat April 23, 10pm to Sunday April 24 10pm (24-hour opening event)
Mon April 25, 1pm–5pm
Tickets for the exhibition and Robert Forster performance can be purchased at ngv.vic.gov.au.