Triennial exhibition set to delight

Triennial exhibition set to delight

The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) has announced the return of its Triennial exhibition celebrating the work and life of local and international artists.

The exhibition will take place from December 3, 2023, to April 7, 2024, at NGV International.

It brings contemporary art, design, and architecture into one dialogue, traversing all four levels of the gallery.

This year’s Triennial will feature more than 120 artists, designers and collectives working at the forefront of global contemporary practice, while also showcasing 100 projects led by creatives and more than 25 projects commissioned by NGV.

NGV director Tony Ellwood AM said the exhibition sought to highlight the extraordinary ways emerging artists and designers captured and recounted contemporary stories.


“The artists, designers and architects play an important role in helping us to understand, navigate and relate to the world around us,” Mr Ellwood said.


“The 2023 NGV Triennial offers audiences a valuable opportunity to experience new and surprising forms of creative expression from around the globe, which, together, present a compelling snapshot of the world as it is, while also asking how we would like it to be.”

Visitors will encounter various forms and disciplines, ranging from robotics to AI, textiles to sculpture, and animatronics to conceptual art.

A unique feature is the three thematic pillars of magic, matter and memory that anchor the 2023 NGV Triennial.

Minister for Creative Industries Colin Brooks said Triennial would be a remarkable event for summer.

“Get ready for a huge summer of art with the return of the NGV Triennial. Free and exclusive-to-Melbourne, the exhibition brings together the work of more than 100 of the most exciting artists and designers working around the world today,” Minister Brooks said.

NGV invites everyone to attend and celebrate the opening of Triennial in early December, with a week of free talks and conversations, including tours led by curators and artists from across the globe.

With many of the works on display entering the NGV Collection, Mr Ellwood said Triennial established a lasting legacy for Victoria that could be accessed for many generations to come.

“In the three years since the last NGV Triennial, the world has experienced a great many structural shifts, including a global pandemic,” Mr Ellwood said.

“Through the work of more than 100 artists, designers, architects and collectives from Australia and around the world, the NGV Triennial offers a powerful insight into the ideas and concerns empowering creative practice in 2023.” •

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