NGV Australia reopens
The NGV reopened NGV Australia to the public on Monday 23 November and will continue releasing virtual content on NGV Channel on NGV’s website. Listed below are programs and recent news from NGV.
2019 ARCHITECTURE COMMISSION IN ABSENCE WINS NATIONAL ARCHITECTURE AWARD
The 2020 Architecture Commission In Absence designed by Yhonnie Scarce and Edition Office has been awarded the National Award for Small Project Architecture at the 2020 National Architecture Awards hosted by the Australian Institute of Architects.
In Absence 2020, is an architectural installation that invites audiences to better understand the long histories of Indigenous construction, design, industry and agriculture prior to the arrival of Europeans, including the permanent villages and dwellings of many Indigenous communities.
WATCH: AUSLAN NGV COLLECTION HIGHLIGHTS
In a new series of Auslan presented videos deaf artist and NGV Auslan guide Luke King share’s some of his favourite works in the NGV Collection. Works featured include Taniguchi Fumie’s Preparing to go out (Yosoou hitobito) 1935, Madeline Green’s Glasgow c. 1930, Amedeo Modigliani’s Portrait of the painter Manuel Humbert (Portrait du peintre Manuel Humbert) 1916, and Giambattista Tiepolo’s The Banquet of Cleopatra 1743-44.
DESIGN STORE: DESTINY AND TIWI MERCHANDISE
Available in store and online Monday 23 November
To coincide with the opening of world premiere exhibitions DESTINY and TIWI on Monday 23 November NGV design store will release exclusive merchandise in store at NGV Australia and online.
DESTINY exhibition products include a limited-edition tea towel featuring Destiny Deacon’s 2009 photograph Come on in my kitchen; a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle of Deacon’s photographic work Being there 1998, t-shirts displaying Deacon’s striking 2017 yellow photograph Smile, and the DESTINY exhibition catalogue featuring all-blak scholarship and the largest in-depth study of Deacon’s practice ever to appear in book form.
TIWI exhibition merchandise includes the TIWI exhibition catalogue, an in-depth study of Tiwi art and culture; a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle and a skateboard featuring Harold Porkilari’s 1992 work Purrukuparli ngirramini, the skateboard will be available early 2021; posters of exhibition artworks; and a set of two napkins and a table runner presenting Timothy Cook’s 2018 work, Kulama; along with tote bags and tea towels featuring the work Tunga (bark bag) 2020 by Dino Wilson and Miyaringa Jilamara (pandanus design) 2020, by Raelene Kerinauia.
These exclusive TIWI design wares have been produced in collaboration with Jilamara Arts & Crafts Association and the NGV design store. Two scarves will also be released for TIWI, one featuring Taracarijimo Freda Warlapinni’s 2002 painting Pwoja – Pukumani body paint design and another featuring Lillian Kerinauia’s painting Untitled 2002.
SHOP IN-STORE AND ONLINE: store.ngv.vic.gov.au
VISIT: LOUISE ZHANG NGV X MECCA PARTNERSHIP
Available to view at NGV Australia Monday 23 November
Since 2016 MECCA Brands and its founder and co-CEO Jo Horgan have supported the NGV to acquire the work of an emerging Australian female artist. In 2020 NGV and MECCA Brands are collaborating with Chinese-Australian artist Louise Zhang who uses painting, sculpture and installation to explore a range of personal and cultural influences, including the religious upbringing and traditional Chinese symbolism.
Zhang’s works acquired by the NGV will be on display at NGV Australia when it reopens on Monday 23 November. Her painting You are forgiven (Lotus) 2020, features the symbolism of the lotus flower, which is associated with purity, rebirth and enlightenment in many Eastern religions. The text in the painting reads, ‘I forgive you/you are forgiven’ and references Zhang’s exploration of the notion of sin in relation to her Christian upbringing. In Devil’s lion 2019, and sculptural work Scholar mound study #3 2019, will also be on display at NGV Australia.
Zhang has collaborated with MECCA Brands on its Holiday 2020 limited-edition packaging and campaign, inspired by a shared love of vibrant colour.
VIEW ONLINE: ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/louise-zhang