NGV 150 pARTy

The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) has launched its 150th anniversary year with the announcement of several major acquisitions, an online competition, new gallery spaces and a weekend festival for all ages from 28-29 May.

Art Exhibition previously on at NGV International in Victoria, Australia.
From Saturday 28 May 2011 to Sunday 29 May 2011

Published by National Gallery of Victoria - International on Monday 28 February 2011.
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To celebrate the 150th anniversary, one of Australia’s greatest philanthropists, Loti Smorgon, has donated a selection of works from her magnificent collection, including a bronze sculptures by Pablo Picasso and Mario Marini, works by John Perceval and Alexander Calder and some key examples of Post-War New York School art.

Premier and Arts Minister Ted Baillieu thanked Loti Smorgon on behalf of the people of Victoria for her magnificent contribution to the arts.

“The NGV’s 150th anniversary is the perfect opportunity to pay tribute to those who have played a role in the growth of this state treasure. The Gallery has been providing inspiration and enjoyment to our community for 150 years. I encourage everyone to join the NGV 150 celebrations this year and come and see these wonderful works of art donated by Loti, which are now a part of the NGV’s magnificent collection.”

Other generous supporters of the gallery will also add to the collection across the year with works by Ron Mueck, Bill Viola and Sean Scully and 16th century Renaissance artist Francesco.

Other 150th celebrations include:

  • The launch of two new spaces at NGV International dedicated to contemporary and children’s art.
  • NGV 150 pARTy – a weekend of events from 28-29 May including free family activities in the Grollo Equiset Sculpture Garden and a special evening party featuring live music,
  • A major online competition My Top Ten where the public can vote for their top ten works from the collection. The ten most popular works will form a special self-guided trail on the NGV 150 pARTy weekend, and
  • The release of a specially designed postage stamp series featuring works from the NGV collection – an Australian first for a public gallery.

Voting for My Top Ten is now open and closes on Sunday 17 April 2011 – cast your vote here.

Find out more about the NGV 150 celebrations on the NGV website.
Fast Facts about NGV

  • The NGV opened on 24 May 1861, Queen Victoria’s Birthday.
  • Originally housed in one room in the State Library of Victoria building on Melbourne’s Swanston St, the gallery moved to new premises in St Kilda Road in 1968.
  • The Gallery’s second campus The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia opened at Federation Square in 2002.
  • The NGV Collection includes over 70,000 works of art across many media and art forms including decorative arts, prints and drawings, photography, sculpture, fashion and textiles, and new media. The estimated value of the collection is $3.5 billion.
  • The oldest work in the NGV Collection is Brick made from unfired clay from Iraq, 5000 BC.
  • The smallest work in the NGV Collection is ‘Wdjat’ eye, a piece of pottery from Egypt measuring just 0.7 × 0.1 × 0.3 cm.
  • The largest painting in the NGV Collection is John Herbert’s Moses bringing down the Tables of the Law (c. 1872-1878), purchased in 1878, which measures 344.4 × 633.5 cm.
  • On average, more than 1.5 million people visit the NGV’s two campuses each year. An estimated 150 million visitors have visited the NGV in the past 150 years.