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NGV counts down – 100 days until Melbourne Now opens

Ash KEATING
West Park Proposition 2012
three channel video installation, 1080P HD files synchronised through multiple hard drives

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased NGV Foundation, 2012
2012.318

August 14 marks the 100th day until the opening of Melbourne Now, the largest initiative ever undertaken by the National Gallery of Victoria. Bringing together over 200 contemporary artists, Melbourne Now celebrates the latest art, architecture, design and performance to reflect the unique cultural landscape of Melbourne.  

Capturing the creative development and artistic collaborations behind the exhibition, those involved in Melbourne Now will take over the NGV blog with daily posts that follow the course of this extraordinary undertaking. Beginning Wednesday 14th August with a post from Director Tony Ellwood that outlines the inspiration for Melbourne Now, the NGV blog will reveal behind-the-scenes images and footage, interviews with artists, curators and designers as well as insider information about the exhibition and events. 

Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV, said that the blog enables the NGV to share this unique collaboration and the insights of the extraordinary individuals and talents involved in Melbourne Now.

“Staging a major exhibition involves creative input from many people. Through the blog, visitors will find out just what it takes to design an exhibition space, produce a publication or move large-scale artworks. We will also share interviews with some of the artists and designers who are working on the exhibition and a whole range of activity that is normally known only to those who work behind-the-scenes.

“I welcome everyone to join with us in the creation of Melbourne Now and follow the daily updates as we count down to the 22nd of November,” said Mr Ellwood.

Andrew Clark, Deputy Director, NGV, said that Melbourne Now would deliver an unprecedented range of programs and events.

Melbourne Now encompasses an ambitious program of architectural and design projects like Community Hall, conceived as a meeting room, stage, platform and catwalk, which will embrace Melbourne’s rich and diverse community with activities, public programs and events involving philosophers, poets, choirs and cake decorators, to name a few.”

The exhibition represents a new direction for the NGV in its collaborative curatorial approach, said Isobel Crombie, Assistant Director, NGV.

“We are delighted to be working with such an extraordinary array of artists, collaborators, artworks and ideas, all reflecting the inspiring diversity of contemporary art and creative practice in Melbourne. We are also thrilled to share the stories of these collaborations with the wider community.”

The Melbourne Now blog can be accessed via the NGV website at blog.ngv.vic.gov.au.

Melbourne Now celebrates the latest art, architecture, design, fashion and dance produced in this city and is the largest and most ambitious project to be undertaken by the NGV.

Melbourne Now will be on display at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia and NGV International from 22 November 2013 – 23 March 2014. Free entry.

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For more information on Melbourne Now click here.

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