NGV's Triennial shows why you need to book this show in

Jim Shaw, 'Capitol viscera appliances mural', 2011, acrylic on muslin. Courtesy NGV

Excited to reopen, free timed tickets to NGV Triennial will be available to book online from this Friday, 4 December via the NGV website. A free ticket will grant visitors admission to NGV International for the Triennial exhibition and access to the NGV garden.

NGV Triennial will be on display from 19 December 2020  to 18 April 2021. The show will present 86 projects by more than 100 contemporary art, design and architecture practitioners from more than 30 countries. The exhibition will explore some of the most globally relevant and pressing issues of our time, including isolation, representation and speculation on the future.

Triennial artists and designers include Aïda Muluneh (Ethiopia) Alicja Kwade (Germany), Cerith Wyn Evans (Wales), Dhambit Mununggurr (Australia), Faye Toogood (England), Fred Wilson (USA), Hannah Brontë (Australia), Jeff Koons (USA), JR (France), Kengo Kuma (Japan), Liam Young (Australia), Misaki Kawai (Japan), Patricia Urquiola (Spain), Porky Hefer (South Africa) and Refik Anadol (Turkey).

Activities on offer include:

Triennial conversations in partnership with the New York Times

Dates: Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 December, 11.00 am – 4.30 pm NGV International & online | Free

NGV Triennial opening weekend programming features a series of free Triennial Conversations panel events in the NGV Great Hall presented in partnership with The New York Times. Triennial Conversations provide insight into the NGV Triennial, exploring the exhibition themes of Illumination, Reflection, Conservation and Speculation.

The panel events, running on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 December, include discussions with exhibiting local and international artists and designers, NGV curators and local academics and writers.


Saturday 19 December

  • 11.00 am – 12.00 pm: Rivers in Decline: The (Aussie) Politics of Water The Baaka/Darling River system has become a politicised body of water, as intensive water extraction from irrigation, climate change and drought have compromised its water health and created tensions between river users. Hear from Barkandji Elder Badger Bates, Sunraysia farmers Rachel Strachan and Alan Whyte and political writer Gabrielle Chan as they discuss the use of the River System with The New York Times Australia Bureau Chief Damien Cave.

  • 12.30 – 1.30 pm: Revising Narratives Triennial artist Scotty So and Sibling Architecture’s Timothy Moore together with Triennial publication contributor Claire G Coleman and NGV Contemporary Art Curator Pip Wallis, discuss the ways artists and designers rewrite historical narratives. Exploring queer perspectives and intersecting with other frameworks including anti-colonialism, learn more about our shifting cultural narratives.

  • 2.00 – 3.00 pm: Get Real Estate Stimulated by the major new commission by Swiss-based speculative architecture practice BTVV, Walls 4 sale: near new and supersized 2020, hear about the various forces shaping low quality, speculative property developments and Australian architecture in a discussion with local academics and architects.

  • 3.30 – 4.30 pm: Resonant Nature A discussion about the relationship between technology and nature as we accelerate towards a future where advanced technology has the potential to change everything? Triennial artist Refik Anadol, NGV Curator of Contemporary Design and Architecture Simone LeAmon, and Victorian College of the Arts Lecturer in Critical and Theoretical Studies Dr Tessa Laird discuss this topic with The New York Times Australia Bureau Chief Damien Cave.

Sunday 20 December:

  • 11.00am – 12.00pm: A Dark Horizon Dr Simon Maidment, Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at NGV, hosts a discussion exploring the implications of human extinction and the possibilities of Artificial Intelligence featuring a video provocation by Triennial artist Tabor Robak who examines the relationship between humanity, nature and technology often blurring the lines of the real and artificial.

  • 12.30 – 1.30pm: Oceans on the Edge Considering the future of our oceans, The New York Times Australia Bureau Chief Damien Cave leads a conversation with Triennial designer Pirjo Haikola, NGV Senior Curator of Contemporary Design and Architecture Ewan McEoin, Reef Design Lab founder Alex Goad and Prof Madeleine van Oppen from University of Melbourne and the Australian Institute of Marine Science.

  • 2.00 – 3.00pm: Future First Nations Triennial artists Megan Cope and Angela Tiatia discuss the role of First Nations Contemporary Art in navigating our global future with NGV Curator of Indigenous Art Myles Russell-Cook.

  • 3.30 - 4.30pm: Nature as Collaborator Hear exhibiting artist Geoff Nees and designers Talin Hazbar and Elliot Bastianon discuss their works with NGV Curator of Contemporary Design and Architecture Myf Doughty and share the different ways they are engaging with natural materials and processes in their work.

Book your tickets for NGV Triennial 2021, available Friday 4 December, and don't miss out on one of the most anticipated exhibitions in Melbourne this December!


Dates: 19 December 2020  - 18 April 2021

Location: NGV International - 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3006

Book your tickets here!

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