NGV to open tomorrow!


Child wearing Daijuzu (Large prayer beads), 2019, Guy Keulemans & Kyoko Hashimoto. Photo: Romon Yang

Tomorrow, 3 November 2021, the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) will re-open NGV International on St Kilda Road and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square.

On display upon re-opening, there will be the extended seasons of the world-premiere exhibitions Maree Clarke: Ancestral Memories, Big Weather and Naomi Hobson’s newly acquired painting and photographic series at NGV Australia and Camille Henrot: Is Today Tomorrow and Reko Rennie’s newest work Initiation OA_RR at NGV International.


In November, visitors will soon be able to experience newly opened exhibitions, including:

  • Sampling the Future opening on 5 November at NGV Australia

  • Found and Gathered: Rosalie Gascoigne | Lorraine Connelly-Northey opening on 6 November at NGV Australia, and

  • Golden Shells and the Gentle Mastery of Japanese Lacquer opening on 25 November at NGV International


Pictured: Unryuan and Kitamura for Golden Shells, building up the relief taka-maki-e on a kai-oke lid before the final lacquer and gold-powder coating.


In December, visitors will be able to visit three new exhibitions opening on the ground floor at NGV International and the NGV Architecture Commission in the NGV Garden:

  • Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto opening on 4 December at NGV International

  • 2021 NGV Architecture Commission pond[er] opening on 6 December at NGV International

  • Bark Ladies: Eleven Artists from Yirrkala opening on 17 December at NGV International

  • The Gecko and the Mermaid opening on 17 December at NGV International


Pictured: Bark Ladies (left to right) Dhambit Munuŋgurr, Noŋgirrŋa Marawili, and Mulkun Wirrpanda


‘The NGV is pleased to welcome visitors back to our venues in line with the Victorian Government advice. We are grateful for the ongoing support we have received via our virtual programming throughout the recent closure and look forward reconnecting with our valued community on site."Tony Ellwood AM, NGV Director said.


‘The wellbeing of our staff and visitors remains our top priority. In accordance with Victorian Government guidelines, the NGV will implement the appropriate public health and physical distancing measures to ensure the safety of both our staff and visitors,’ he said.


At NGV Australia, Sampling the Future reveals some of the extraordinary ways that designers are imagining our near and distant futures – from 3D-printed coral to hand-knitted architecture, and ancient materials from a distant future. The exhibition showcases new work by leading experimental and speculative designers, including speculative architects Roland Snooks and Leanne Zilka, Alice Springs-based designer Elliat Rich, Sydney-based duo Kyoko Hashimoto and Guy Keulemans, and Melbourne duo Georgia Nowak and Eugene Perepletchikov, among others.


Pictured (first to last image): Pirjo Haikola's Urchin Corals, 2020 on display in NGV Triennial (photo: Sean Fennessy), Georgia Nowak and Eugene Perepletchikov filmmaker, 'Aurum' 2020 (still), Transformation of Weaver mirrors from the 'Ode to Waratah' series, 2020, Elliat Rich (photo: James Morgan)


Upon arrival visitors will be asked to present proof of vaccination status if over the age of 16 and enter your contact details for contact tracing purposes.


See the National Gallery of Victoria open from 10am to 5pm Wednesday 3 November 2021. More information is available via the NGV website here.