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NGV Summer blockbuster season coming to Melbourne


After an action-packed winter of art exhibitions, live music and delicious food, the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is set to keep the party going with its Spring/Summer Season.

Held across NGV International and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, the Summer/Spring Season will enliven the warmer months with an eclectic program of exhibitions, collections of displays, events and more.

Headlining the summer blockbuster showcase is Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse. Celebrating the legacy of one of the late 20th century’s most acclaimed fashion designers, Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse is the first partnership between the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the NGV.

NGV’s announcement of Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse, opening 11 December 2022 at NGV International, Melbourne. Photo: Kim Landy Getty.

As the centrepiece of NGV’s Summer showcase, the exhibition features more than 110 of McQueen’s designs, alongside over 70 works of art, including painting, sculpture, photography and decorative arts.

Garments are juxtaposed with artworks to highlight McQueen’s creative process and inspiration, while also providing audiences with a chance to gain insight and appreciation of his artistic legacy today. Alexander McQueen opens to the public on Sunday 11 December 2022.

What else to see during NGV’s Summer Season program

The Global Life of Design

Christien Meindertsma (designer) LABEL/BREED, Amsterdam (manufacturer). Flax chair designed 2015, manufactured 2017 Flax fibre (Linum usitatissimum), polylactic acid 83.1 × 52.0 × 54.5 cm. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Purchased with funds donated by Gordon Moffatt AM, 2018 © Christien Meindertsma.

From 6 October 2022, The Global Life of Design investigates the influence of global trade and the exchange of design traditions from the early modern era to the current day.

Drawing upon works from the NGV Collection, the exhibition shines a spotlight on how art and design have been shaped by the movement of people and resources.

From pigments to produce, timber and textiles, the global exchange of commodities shaped and defined design traditions, leading to breakthroughs in technology, the rise of luxury markets and the development of consumer culture.

Mecca x NGV Women in Design Commission

Portrait of Tatiana Bilbao, architect and founder of Tatiana Bilbao Estudio. Photo: Ana Hop.

The Mecca x NGV Women in Design Commission is a five-year series fostered by a significant contribution from MECCA Brands through its philanthropic program, M-Power, which champions and elevates women in art and design.

Each year, a female designer or architect is invited to create a new and significant work for the NGV Collection.  For the inaugural commission – to be unveiled 6 October 2022 – world-leading Mexican architect Tatiana Bilbao will create a large-scale architectural installation entitled La Ropa Sucia se Lava en Casa (Dirty Clothes are Washed at Home).

Rigg Design Prize 2022

Simone LeAmon, curator of Contemporary Design and Architecture, and Ewan McEoin, senior curator of Contemporary Art, Design and Architecture, NGV. Photo: Aaron Francis.

The first major exhibition of advertising and communication design in the NGV’s history, the Rigg Design Prize 2022 brings together and highlights the creativity that underpins the work of eight outstanding Australia-based agencies. 

Now in its ninth iteration, the triennial prize is Australia’s highest national accolade for contemporary design bestowed by a public gallery, and seeks to celebrate and draw focus to a different field of design practice every three years.

Opening 7 October, the 2022 Prize reveals the capacity of advertising to influence contemporary life, society and culture, and asks eight agencies to respond to a brief highlighting the centrality of creativity in shaping our world.

NGV Architecture Commission

Render of 2022 NGV Architecture Commission Temple of Boom 2022 by Adam Newman and Kelvin Tsang. Photo: Adam Newman and Kelvin Tsang.

The annual NGV Architecture Commission returns for its seventh year with Adam Newman and Kelvin Tsang’s Temple of Boom, an evocative reimagining of The Parthenon on the Acropolis in Athens.

As an apex of Western civilisation, democracy and perfection, The Parthenon is celebrated by NWMN for its iconic and enduring beauty.

As part of the commission, the image of the Parthenon will be overlaid with artwork by local contemporary artists, adding further layers of meaning and complexity. 

The project invites audiences to reflect on the hidden histories that arise when this ancient building is viewed in new and surprising contexts, as well as the effect of time on all architecture.

Speaking on the upcoming program, NGV director Tony Ellwood AM says the exhibitions demonstrate the dynamism of “human creativity”.

“Throughout history, artists and designers have pushed the boundaries of artistic practice in search of new forms of expression,” says Ellwood.

“From the clothes we wear, the buildings we live in, to how we communicate, our Spring/Summer Season is a celebration of creative innovation – and the innovators who have, and continue to, defy convention.”

The NGV Spring/Summer Season 2022-23 will be on display from August 2022 at NGV International, St Kilda Road, Melbourne and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square, Melbourne. 

Further information and tickets are available via the NGV website.

Lead image of Lee Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 24 April – 9 October 2022. Photography by Museum Associates/LACMA.


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