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The NGV Triennial opens its doors – and it will need many trips to tak...

The NGV Triennial opens its doors – and it will need many trips to take it all in

The NGV Triennial opens its doors – and it will need many trips to take it all in

Installation view from NGV Triennial. Photo by Sean Fennessy.

The NGV Triennial 2023 has arrived!!

The much-anticipated event that occurs every three years at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) the NGV Triennial 2023 is now open for viewing and is bigger and better than ever.

With nearly 100 projects by more than 120 artists designers and collectives from over 30 countries and regions on display, there is literally something for everyone to enjoy at this incredible exhibition.

Installation view of David Shrigley’s work Really Good on display in NGV Triennial. Photo by Sean Fennessy.

The NGV Triennial for 2023 brings together contemporary art, design and architecture across all four levels of the NGV International with some 100 projects led by creatives that include Yoko Ono (Japan), Sheila Hicks (USA), Tracey Emin (UK), Betty Muffler (Australia), David Shrigley (UK), Maison Schiaparelli (France), Maurizio Cattelan (Italy), Shakuntala Kulkarni (India), Lin Fanglu (China), Ivan Navarro (Chile), Petrit Halilaj (Kosovo), Ihor Okuniev (Ukraine), Farrokh Mahdavi (Iran), Hugh Hayden (USA), Elmgreen and Dragset (Denmark, Norway), to name just a few.

There are also more than 25 projects that have been commissioned by the NGV that will make their world premiere at the NGV Triennial and these span many art forms and disciplines from robotics to AI, sculpture to textiles and animatronics to conceptual art.

Installation view of Bethan Laura Wood’s work Kaleidoscope-a-Rama, 2023, for the MECCA x NGV Women in Design Commission. Photo by Kate Shanasy.

This year, Magic, Matter and Memory is the overarching theme of the Triennial. Magic, delves deep into belief systems and symbolism, Matter, encompasses nature, making and material while Memory, illuminates the histories of people, places and objects within our contemporary world. These three thematic pillars are investigated and discovered within the wealth of projects, objects and installations on display and are both thought provoking and inspirational.

Beautifully curated, the NGV Triennial 2023 is a showcase, a snapshot of life today seen through the eyes of many of the world’s leading creatives. It is not to be missed and will raise the spirit and interrogate curiosity through the many new and exciting perceptions of life through the lens of art and makers.

Tony Ellwood AM, Director, NGV, says, “In the three years since the last NGV Triennial, the world has experienced a great many structural shifts, including a global pandemic. Through the work of more than 100 artists, designers, architects and collectives from Australia and around the world, the NGV Triennial offers a powerful insight into the ideas and concerns empowering creative practice in 2023.”

Installation view from NGV Triennial, including Brodie Neil’s table in the foreground. Photo by Sean Fennessy.
Jaime Hayon’s Umi, photo by Sean Fennessy
Installation view of Elmgreen & Dragset’s work The painter on display in NGV Triennial. Photo by Sean Fennessy.
Installation view of Ashley Eriksmoen’s work Fell. Photo by Sean Fennessy.


Jan Henderson

Jan Henderson is currently an Editor and Program Director of the INDE.Awards at Indesign Media Asia Pacific. Her previous roles have included Acting-editor of Indesign magazine, Associate Publisher at Architecture Media, Editor and Co-editor of inside magazine and Interiors Editor of Architel.tv. As Principal of Henderson Media Consultants she contributes to various architecture and design magazines, is a regular speaker at events and has participated as a juror for industry awards. Jan is passionate about design and through her different roles supports and contributes to design in Australia.