Melbourne Now

Melbourne Now celebrates the latest art, architecture, design, performance and cultural practice to reflect the complex cultural landscape of creative Melbourne. This ambitious and far-reaching exhibition across NGV Australia and NGV International will show how visual artists and creative practitioners have profoundly contributed to creating a place with a unique and dynamic cultural identity.

Art Exhibition previously on at NGV International in Victoria, Australia.
From Friday 22 November 2013 to Sunday 23 March 2014
Launch Friday 22 November 2013,

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Published by National Gallery of Victoria - International on Tuesday 09 July 2013.
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The exhibition will represent Melbourne as a dynamic centre for the production of, debate about, and participation in contemporary art, architecture, design and performance – innovative creative practice in all its forms. Melbourne Now will encompass an ambitious program with well over 120 artists and projects as well as architectural and design projects and commissions, commissions for kids and families and a community hall, which will host a rotating program, encouraging community expression from choirs, workshops, multicultural groups, performance artists, cake decorators, philosophers and poets, among many other activities, public programs and events.

Melbourne Now will include major new works and commissions including:

A major sound and light installation of overwhelming sensory intensity by Marco Fusinato.

A new video commission focussing upon Melbourne’s laneway networks by Daniel Crooks.

Artists’ collective The Hotham Street Ladies, who will transform the foyer of NGV Australia into an icing-coated share-house.

An interactive children’s commission by artist and designer Julia deVille involving a room filled with taxidermied animals in a Victorian-era setting.

Leading avant-garde artist John Nixon is involved in two projects, as curator of an exhibition of drawings; and a series of performative installations and children’s choir by his art-music collective The Donkey’s Tail.

Patrick Pound’s The Gallery of Air, drawn from aspects of the NGV Collection interspersed with the artist’s vast and esoteric archive of objects and found photographs, exploring the idea of air in various unexpected manifestations.

Three ‘exhibitions within the exhibition’ focussing upon architecture, design and the demographics of the city, curated by Fleur Watson, Simone LeAmon and Ewan McEoin respectively.

A curated section by UnMagazine involving an extensive network of artists, designers and writers. An architecturally-designed Community Hall, which will serve as a meeting room, stage, platform and catwalk and will host a rotating program involving the widest range of community expression from choirs, workshops, multicultural groups, performance artists, cake decorators, philosophers and poets, among many other community members.

Many artists in the exhibition will be engaging and working with works from the NGV Collection, which has inspired generations of artists and the wider community. Melbourne Now represents a new direction for the NGV in its collaborative curatorial approach with artists and audiences, through ground breaking artists projects, commissions for kids and families, architecture and design initiatives, and curatorial engagement with dance, performance, music and sound.