The classical and contemporary gets mashed up in honour of the Escher X Nendo exhibition. This summer, the NGV is taking a mind-bending trip through the brain of Dutch artist M. C. Escher, one of the most distinctive imaginations of the 20th century. And groundbreaking Japanese design firm Nendo is tour guide.
Between Two Worlds: Escher X Nendo will bring together two very different artistic practices for what will be an immersive, enigmatic experience. More than 160 of Escher’s prints and drawings will be presented in an environment designed by Nendo. NGV Friday Nights will likewise be a celebration of the classical (Escher frequently noted the influence of Bach’s insistent rhythm on his work) and the contemporary.
This season of Friday Nights features DJ sets in the NGV garden by songwriter and producer Andy Bull, the moody pop icon behind Baby I Am Nobody Now and Keep on Running; jaunty Melbourne duo Confidence Man; Sydney-based up-and-coming singer-songwriter Nicole Millar; and the inventive and idiosyncratic producer Jonti, who’s signed to the legendary hip-hop label Stones Throw.
One highlight of this summer’s line up is Bach X Reimagined, an immersive sonic instillation featuring live classical music in the Gallery Kitchen. There’s also a slew of DJ sets from artists such as Dappled Cities, Japanese Wallpaper and Australian-Filipino artist Chela.
A series of month-long residencies will take place in the NGV garden, with the series featuring ambient dance music duo Albrecht La’Brooy in December; the pop stylings of Eilish Gilligan in January; and the good-time record collection of Pjenné in February. Indian Summer performs across March and Wax’o Paradiso features across the final Friday and Saturday night performances in April.
And, if you come along for the music, you can stay for the art: any ticket to NGV Friday Nights includes entry to Between Two Worlds: Escher X Nendo, which features Escher’s most renowned prints and drawings from the collection of Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, South Holland.
From 6pm to 10pm.
December Friday Nights resident Albrecht La-Brooy, plus:
Fri December 7 – Andy Bull (DJ set)
Fri December 14 – Hoodlem (DJ set)
Fri December 21 – Fantastic Man (DJ set)
Fri December 28 – Nicole Millar (DJ set)
January Friday Nights resident Eilish Gilligan (DJ set), plus:
Fri January 4 – Andy Hart
Fri January 11 – KLP (DJ Set)
Fri January 18 – Film School Collective
Fri January 25 – Zuri Akoko
February Friday Nights resident, Pjenné, plus:
Fri February 1 – Chela (DJ set)
Fri February 8 – Harvey Sutherland (DJ set)
Fri February 15 – Alice Ivy (DJ Set)
Fri February 22 – OJ KUSH
March Friday Nights resident, Indian Summer, plus:
Fri March 1 – Gold Fields (DJ set)
Fri March 8 – Dappled Cities (DJ set)
Fri March 15– Jonti (DJ set), (Melbourne Art Book Fair X Design Week Edition)
Fri March 22 – Japanese Wallpaper (DJ set)
Fri March 29 – Woodes (DJ set)
April Friday Nights resident, Wax’o Paradiso, plus:
Fri April 5 – Confidence Man (DJ set)
Sat April 6 – San Cisco (DJ set)
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