Assembling over 250 commissions, acquired and loaned works and installations, Melbourne Now explores the idea that a city is significantly shaped by the artists, designers and architects who live and work in its midst.
The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) exhibition reflects the complexity of Melbourne and its unique and dynamic cultural identity, considering a diverse range of creative practice as well as the cross- disciplinary work occurring in Melbourne today.
Minister for the Arts Heidi Victoria said the contemporary art celebration would make an impact on the city like never before.
“It is often stated that Melbourne is Australia’s cultural capital. Melbourne Now is set to prove this yet again,” Ms Victoria said.
“Bringing together over 400 artists, architects and product, fashion and jewellery designers, the exhibition will spread over the National Gallery of Victoria’s two sites and venues across Melbourne, for an unprecedented celebration of the creative minds that have shaped our city.”
NGV Director, Tony Ellwood added, “We are very proud to be able to present Melbourne Now. It is an opportunity for us all to discover and enjoy some of the best of Melbourne’s culture, to appreciate the diversity of practice and to celebrate what is unique about our creative communities.”
“We are very proud to introduce design and architectural components within the context of the exhibition that place these important areas of practice in a wider survey of contemporary art. Reflecting a new way of working for the NGV, dance and sound will also be introduced into the Gallery spaces.”
NGV has introduced a range of interactive works to Melbourne Now, including nine engaging children’s commissions and a highly participatory space designed by McBride Charles Ryan in the Community Hall project, which will hold workshops, talks, catwalks and show’n’tells.
Ms Victoria said the program, which will run until March 2014, offers something for all tastes and all ages.
“The exhibition will surprise and reward visitors again and again, and what is even more exciting is that it’s all free. The Victorian Coalition Government is proud to support this program and I encourage you all to explore, experience and be inspired by, the very best of Melbourne Now!” Ms Victoria said.