first photos of stunning works from the ngv's major new exhibition

Spanning the entire gallery, this inaugural Triennial is a powerful overview of art and culture right now. And it's free.

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15 December 2017, 6:41am

Opening tonight, the NGV's first Triennial exhibition is a gallery-wide show encompassing art, design and architecture. Featuring the work of 60 artists and designers from more than 30 countries, each has responded personally to a diverse range of contemporary issues which affect us all daily.

Within the gallery, you'll enter worlds created by artists like Yayoi Kusama, who's made a purpose-built apartment to be adorned with 3D flowers and flower stickers, as well as teamLab's mirrored room, which reacts like water to movement, "creating digital whorls and ripples in their wake." Meanwhile there are works commenting on the environment and others investigating the future of fashion or the curiosity of scent.

The exhibition also aims to stimulate conversation with audiences with a research lounge set up to act as an incubator for ideas, a forum for discussion and a stimulus for change. See below for a morsel of what's in store.

The NGV Triennial will run from 15 December 2017 to 15 April 2018. Entry is free. See the website for full details.


teamLab (design studio) Toshiyuki Inoko (designer) Moving Creates Vortices and Vortices Create Movement 2017 interactive digital projection, (duration variable) National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne © teamLab, courtesy Ikkan Art Gallery, Martin Browne Contemporary and Pace Gallery

Pae White Spearmint to Peppermint 2013 cotton, polyesterNational Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Purchased NGV Foundation with the assistance of Donald Russell Elford and Dorothy Grace Elford Bequest, 2017 © Pae White Image courtesy Pae White

Installation view of Nick Cave Soundsuit 2015 on display in NGV Triennial at NGV International, 2017 Photo: Shaughn and John

Josephine Meckseper Las Meninas (2Xist) 2013 mixed media installation National Gallery of Victoria Purchased with funds donated by Michael and Emily Tong and NGV Foundation, 2017 ©Josephine Meckseper Image courtesy Josephine Meckseper

Faig Ahmed Hal 2016 wool, ed. 3/3 National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Purchased with funds donated by Sarah Morgan and Andrew Cook, 2017 © Faig Ahmed Courtesy Faig Ahmed

Olaf Breuning Don't worry 2015 inkjet print on composition board 294.6 x 365.8 cm National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Suzanne Dawbarn Bequest, 2015 (2015.480.1) © 2017 Olaf Breuning. Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York Image courtesy Olaf Breuning and Metro Pictures, New York

Installation view of Guo Pei’s Legend collection, spring-summer 2017 on display at NGV Triennial at NGV International, 2017 Photo: Shaughn and John

Installation view of Camille Henrot, Contrology 2016 on display at NGV Triennial and NGV International, 2017 Photo: Sean Fennessey

Installation view of Mass by Ron Mueck, 2017 on display at NGV Triennial at NGV International, 2017 Photo: Sean Fennessey

Alvaro Catalán de Ocón and Bula’Bula Artists PET Lamp Ramingining: Bukmukgu Guyananhawuy (Every family thinking forward) 2016 Commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne with the support of Vicki Vidor OAM and Peter Avery Proposed acquisition Photo Tom Ross

Exhibition view of Iris van Herpen installation on display in NGV Triennial at NGV International, 2017 Photo: Eugene Hyland

Hassan Hajjaj Donovan stylin’ 2016 digital type C print on aluminium and polyethylene, painted rubber, wood, plastic and synthetic polymer resin, ed. 1/10 Collection of the artist © Hassan Hajjaj Image courtesy Hassan Hajjaj

Installation view of Nendo, Manga chairs, 2015 on display in NGV Triennial at NGV International, 2017 Photo: John Gollings

Exhibition image of visitors inside Yayoi Kusama Flower Obsession 2017 on display in NGV Triennial at NGV International 2017 Photo: Eugene Hyland

Installation image of Reko Rennie Home Sweet Home 2017 on display in NGV Triennial at NGV International 2017 Photo: Tim O’Connor