In April, the NGV announced its upcoming spring–summer program. The big news is two big names.
Opening November 11, the gallery’s summer blockbuster will be a major solo exhibition of one of the most influential contemporary artists of the past century, David Hockney.
Although his career spans six decades, this new exhibition isn’t a greatest-hits retrospective. Now 78, Hockney is still remarkably prolific, and this new self-titled show is taken entirely from the past decade of work, during which time he’s controversially shifted from acrylic paints to iPad drawings. More than 600 of these digital works will be on show, from stills to animations, as well as video art. There will also be a room of recent painted works, too.
Another exciting announcement: In September John Olsen: The you beaut country exhibition will launch. It’s the most comprehensive retrospective of the great Australian artist’s work to date. It will span seven decades of his vibrant, abstract, energetic landscapes.
Fashion buffs who loved Jean Paul Gaultier last year will look forward to Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists from October, a world-first showcase of the avant-garde wearable art of the Dutch design duo. The exhibition will feature more than 35 imaginative pieces from the fashion house’s archive, and from museum collections around the world.
John Olsen: The You Beaut Country runs from September 16 2016 to February 12 2017 at the Ian Potter Centre.
Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists runs from October 21 2016 to February 26 2017 at NGV International.
David Hockney runs from November 11 until March 13 2017 at NGV International.
Visit ngv.vic.gov.au for the full spring–summer program.