Spanning all four floors of the NVG International is the NGV Triennial – a global odyssey of contemporary art, design and architecture covering painting, photography, sculpture, tapestry, performance, fashion, robotics and more. Open until mid-April, the exhibition features the work of over 100 local and international artists and designers from 33 countries.
A virtual reality pirate ship that provides a wild, perhaps sickening, ride is among the exhibition’s most notable elements. Melbourne-born Ron Mueck’s huge pile of skulls is another. Tucked behind several rooms of 18th and 19th century portraiture on the second floor, Mass is a complex piece, simultaneously flippant and harrowing.
Consuming an entire, spacious apartment is Yayoi Kusama’s highly-anticipated Flower Obsession. In reference to the iconic Japanese artist’s hallucinations, visitors are given a sticker of a red flower and asked to slap it wherever they like. Thanks to the children that flow through the exhibition, the walls are a sea of red.
There’s Norwegian chemist, researcher and odour theorist Sissel Tolaas’s scented, playful sculptures that you can sniff and rub, Brodie Neill’s blue and white Gyro Table made from ocean waste, and teamLab’s digital, phosphorescent whirlpools. Visitors drag beams of light around with their feet while an ambient, choral soundtrack plays overhead.
The NGV Triennial is one of the NGV International’s biggest exhibitions yet, so allow a day or two to fully immerse yourself in all it has to offer. The exhibition is kid-friendly and entry is free, so grab the whole family and be prepared to see the world in a new light.
Open daily until Sun April 18, 10am–5pm.
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