13m-tall skyscrapers, swimming fish in the waterwall and horses galloping in the garden: Julian Opie unveils first major Australian exhibition

Art News from Australia. Published by National Gallery of Victoria - International on Friday 09 November 2018.

13m-tall skyscrapers, swimming fish in the waterwall and horses galloping in the garden: Julian Opie unveils first major Australian exhibition image

From a shoal of virtual carp swimming in the NGV’s waterwall to a towering metropolis of skyscrapers in Federation Court, more than 60 of Julian Opie’s instantly recognisable works are on display at the National Gallery of Victoria in the artist’s first major Australian exhibition, Julian Opie, which opens today Friday 9 November 2018.

The exhibition features the largest ever work presented in Federation Court: a city of skyscrapers that stretch all the way up to the glass ceiling and stand nearly 13 metres high at its tallest point.

Also on display is a school of animated fish that appear to swim behind the falling water of the NGV’s waterwall; stone sheep grazing, crows pecking and a horse galloping in the Grollo Equiset Garden; and a reimagining of the famed Belgian fountain Manneken Pis in the NGV moat.

Julian Opie has also collaborated with NGV Kids to create a second interactive exhibition for families, Julian Opie: Studio for Kids, which offers families hands-on and digital activities developed in collaboration with the artist.