National Gallery Of Victoria Spring/Summer Season 2022-23

The National Gallery Of Victoria (NGV) Spring/Summer season will bring NGV International and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia to life throughout the warmer months, with a dynamic program of exhibitions, collection presentations, events and more.

Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse will be the centerpiece of the season, featuring never-before-seen world premiere works by leading contemporary artists and major exhibitions that examine popular artists and artworks, in exciting ways and unexpected.

The Alexander McQueen exhibition is the first partnership between the Los Angeles Museum Of Art and the NGV. It features more than 110 drawings by McQueen alongside more than 70 works of art, including painting, sculpture, photography, and decorative arts.

Richard Mosse’s moving image world premiere, Broken Specter, is a powerful response to the continuing devastating impact of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest. It will be presented on a large 20-meter panoramic screen, depicting three visually arresting stories that were filmed over three years in the Amazon Basin.

Meanwhile, Jewelery And Body Adornment From The NGV Collection shines a light on the power of one of the oldest known art forms. It presents the traditions of jewelry making and the practices of body adornment in different material, cultural and geographical contexts.

Richard Mosse, Broken Specter – 2022 (still) – Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

The Global Life Of Design studies the influence of global commerce and trade on design traditions from the early modern era to the present day. It draws on works from the NGV collection and highlights how design and design have been shaped by the movement of people and resources.

For the inaugural MECCA x NGV Women In Design commission, world-renowned Mexican architect Tatiana Bilbao will create a large-scale architectural installation titled La rope such se lava en casa (Dirty clothes are washed at home). The installation incorporates handmade textiles and designs with architectural structures, drawing attention to ideas of work, community and gender.

The Riggs Design Prize 2022 is the first major advertising and communications design exhibition in NGV’s history. It brings together and highlights the creativity that underpins the work of eight Australian-based agencies. The 2022 Prize reveals the ability of advertising to influence contemporary life, society and culture, by asking eight agencies to respond to a brief highlighting the central place of creativity in shaping our world.

China – The Past Is Present juxtaposes the NGV’s historical and contemporary collection of Chinese art and design. It emphasizes the legacy of Chinese cultural and artistic traditions and their continued influence in contemporary Chinese culture.

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Wearing a mask at the end of the Spanish flu, no. 1 – 2020 – inkjet print. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Purchased, Victorian Foundation for Living Australian Artists, 2021 © Scotty So

Fred Williams is one of Australia’s foremost abstract landscape painters. However, his work as a draftsman of the human figure is less known. Fred Williams: The London Drawings reveals the full range and power of his drawing work.

In November, the annual NGV architectural commission returns for its seventh edition with Temple Of Boom by Adam Newman and Kelvin Tsang. Then, in December, Freedom Of Movement: Contemporary Art And Design From The NGV Collection will showcase over 60 recently collected works of art and design by some of the most recognizable names working today, including nendo, Shilpa Gupta, Erwin Wurm , KAWS and Alex Prager.

“Human creativity rarely stagnates. Throughout history, artists and designers have pushed the boundaries of artistic practice in search of new forms of expression,” says Tony Ellwood AM, Director of NGV. “From the clothes we wear, the buildings we live in, to the way we communicate, our Spring/Summer season is a celebration of creative innovation – and innovators who have challenged and continue to challenge convention.”

The NGV Spring/Summer 2022-23 season is presented at NGV International (Melbourne).