NGV International, NGV Australia – Autumn Winter Shows 2019

Director NGV, Tony Ellwood, Winter Masterpieces exhibition
Director NGV, Tony Ellwood, Winter Masterpieces exhibition
Foley, Janet Whiting AM, President, Council of Trustees of the National Gallery of Victoria, Jeff Xu, Founder and Managing Director, Golden Age Group and Tony Ellwood AM, Director, NGV at the program announcement of the Autumn Winter 2019 launch which announced the 2019 NGV Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition Terracotta Warriors + Cai Guo-Qiang Photo: Eugene Hyland

(L-R) Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley, Janet Whiting AM, President, Council of Trustees National Gallery of Victoria, Jeff Xu, Founder and Managing Director, Golden Age Group and Tony Ellwood AM, Director, NGV at the Autumn Winter 2019 including the NGV Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition Terracotta Warriors + Cai Guo-Qiang Photo: Eugene Hyland

Melbourne Design Week, a city-wide presentation of contemporary design and architecture; plus, the Fifth Melbourne Art Book Fair and Winter Masterpieces Exhibition, were highlighted among others to be presented at the National Gallery of Victoria during its Autumn-Winter Season 2019.

NGV Director Tony Ellwood AM noted at the launch announcement, the shows “… reflect our commitment to presenting an ambitious and diverse program of art, design and culture from Australia and around the world” he said.

NGV CollageThe extensive program will be delivered in two locations, NGV International on St Kilda Road, Melbourne and NGV Australia in the Ian Potter Centre at the cities favourite gathering place, Federation Square. An accompanying invigorating program of events, talks, lectures, festivals and critical symposia, featuring artists, designers and industry professionals will be a feature.

CHINESE: The terracotta army, Qin dynasty (221-206 BCE) (detail)m Earthenware (terracotta) Emperor Qin Shihuang’s Mausoleum, Xi’an

CHINESE: The terracotta army, Qin dynasty (221-206 BCE) (detail)m Earthenware (terracotta) Emperor Qin Shihuang’s Mausoleum, Xi’an

The Winter Masterpieces exhibition, Terracotta Warriors + Cai Guo-Qiang, will showcase a selection of the ancient Terracotta figures, which were excavated during the mid twentieth century from the tomb of Qin Shihuang (249 – 207BC) historically, the first Emperor of China.

CHINESE: Ornamental belt plaque Western Han Dynasty 206 BCE –25 CE gold, jade, agate 8.0 (h) x 20.8 (w) cm Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology, Xi’an

CHINESE: Ornamental belt plaque Western Han Dynasty 206 BCE –25 CE gold, jade, agate 8.0 (h) x 20.8 (w) cm Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology, Xi’an

Chariots and horses plus other fascinating and quite beautiful items will also be showcased, set in parallel to an exciting and innovative display by acclaimed contemporary Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang.

Black Ceremony Cai Guo Qiang

Black Ceremony 2011 © Cai Guo-Qiang Photo by Hiro Ihara, courtesy Cai Studio

Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient Landscape will see him creating all new artworks inspired by his home country’s culture and its enduring philosophical traditions, including a monumental installation of 10,000 suspended porcelain birds.

Kneeling Warrior

CHINESE Kneeling archer: Qin Dynasty 221–207 BCE earthenware 120.0 cm (h) Emperor Qin Shihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum, Xi’an (2812)

Rather than evoking the gloom of the underworld where the warriors came from originally, Cai Guo-Qiang will provide a modern setting for the warriors. This will allow a dispassionate platform for visitors to assess and discuss the ‘warrior’s’ role in the world of arts and culture today.

Spiralling over visitors’ heads, the birds will be sure to create a three-dimensional impression of a calligraphic drawing of the sacred Mount Li, the site of the ancient tomb of China’s first emperor and his warriors.

Nora Heysen at 92, pictured in front of Hans Heysen’s Red Gold, Art Gallery of South Australia, 2003, Photo: Brenton Edwards, © News Ltd

Nora Heysen at 92, pictured in front of Hans Heysen’s Red Gold, Art Gallery of South Australia, 2003, Photo: Brenton Edwards, © News Ltd

At NGV Australia a reflective retrospective of the works of Hans and Nora Heysen: Two Generations of Australian Art will be the first major exhibition to bring together the work of these two much- admired artists, a very talented father and daughter team.

Hans was a true master at representing the Australian landscape by wonderfully capturing its distinctive light, colour and atmosphere. His images came to play over time an important role in shaping the Australian national identity

Nora, Hans’ daughter, known as a painter of portraits and still life works was the first woman in this country to be awarded the Sydney Art Galleries prestigious Archibald Prize.

A very large achievement.

Alexander Calder American 1898–1976 Gamma 1947 painted sheet metal and steel wire 147.3 x 213.3 x 91.4 cm Collection of Jon Shirley © 2018 Calder Foundation, New York / Copyright Agency, Australia

Alexander Calder: American 1898–1976, Gamma 1947, painted sheet metal and steel wire, 147.3 x 213.3 x 91.4 cm, Collection of Jon Shirley, © 2018 Calder Foundation, New York, Copyright Agency, Australia

The never before seen show Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor will be another Australian first, featuring more than eighty sculptural and pictorial compositions by the contemporary artist

Calder is widely regarded in America as the pioneer of moving sculpture in that country and his famous hanging mobiles provide a rich overview of what is a unique artistic practice.

Rosslynd Piggott: Upside-down landscape 1989 oil on linen 136.0 x 183.0 cm © The artist Photo: courtesy the artist

Rosslynd Piggott: Upside-down landscape 1989 oil on linen 136.0 x 183.0 cm © The artist Photo: courtesy the artist

Contemporary Australia artist Rosslynd Piggott: I Sense You But I Cannot See You, will feature more than one hundred works exploring her own ongoing fascination with themes, such as dreams states, the natural world and, the inner realm of ‘emotion, memory and imagination’.

Krystyna Campbell Pretty, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Fashion collection Purchased with funds donated by Mrs Krystyna Campbell-Pretty in memory of Mr Harold Campbell-Pretty, 2015

Krystyna Campbell Pretty, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Fashion Collection purchased with funds donated by Mrs Krystyna Campbell-Pretty in memory of Mr Harold Campbell-Pretty, 2015

The Krystyna Campbell – Pretty Fashion Gift exhibition at NGV International will be sure to bring fashionistas flocking in the door. It is the most significant French collection of costume ever to be acquired by an Australian museum.

Molyneux, Paris (couture house) Edward H. Molyneux (designer) Evening dress 1949 winter silk (taffeta), metal (fastenings) 112.0 cm (centre back) 31.5 cm (waist, flat) National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne The Dominique Sirop Collection. Purchased with funds donated by Mrs Krystyna Campbell-Pretty in memory of Mr Harold Campbell-Pretty, 2015

Molyneux, Paris (couture house) Edward H. Molyneux (designer) Evening dress 1949 winter silk (taffeta), metal (fastenings) 112.0 cm (centre back) 31.5 cm (waist, flat) National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne The Dominique Sirop Collection. Purchased with funds donated by Mrs Krystyna Campbell-Pretty in memory of Mr Harold Campbell-Pretty, 2015

Featuring designs by couturiers such as Charles Frederick Worth, the celebrated ‘father of haute couture’, to the iconoclastic Alexander McQueen, the show will feature over 200 garments representing more than thirty different fashion designers 1800-2003, including such luminaries as Christian Dior, Coco Chanel, Madame Gres, Vionnet and Jeanne Lanvin.

An outstanding fashion research archive, including rare workbooks, fashion magazines, journals, periodicals and photography will be sure to add interest.

Darren Sylvester 1

Darren Sylvester: Dreams end with you 2014 type C photograph 160.0 x 120.0 cm Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney Purchased with funds provided by the Photography Collection Benefactors’ Program 2014 (248.2014) © Darren Sylvester

Darren Sylvester: Carve a Future, Devour Everything, Become Something will be the renowned Melbourne-based contemporary artist’s first large-scale solo exhibition in a public institution.

The show will represent some twenty years of his career and show off his continued fascination with ideas of love, loss, yearning and banality.

Liquid Light 1

Venini & Co., Murano manufacturer, Italy est. 1921, Fulvio Bianconi designer Italy 1915–96 Handkerchief (Fazzoletto) vase 1949 designed, c. 1950–60 manufactured glass (vetro a fili decoration) 19.8 x 34.0 x 21.7 cm National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Purchased from Admission Funds, 1989 (D29-1989)

Liquid Light: 500 Years of Venetian Glass, will highlight the NGV’s own collection of Venetian glass; a product renowned throughout the Mediterranean world from the thirteenth century onwards for its remarkable colour and clarity, elaborate design and skilful manufacture.

CHINESE: Bowl (Northern Song late 10th– early 12th century), porcelain (Qingbai ware) 7.4 x 20.0 cm diameter, Gift of H. W. Kent, 1938

CHINESE: Bowl (Northern Song late 10th– early 12th century), porcelain (Qingbai ware) 7.4 x 20.0 cm diameter, Gift of H. W. Kent, 1938

SO–IL: Viewing China will present some fifty + white porcelain items from the NGV Collection, which will be set in an architectural display designed by ground-breaking architecture practice SO–IL (USA/China).

Alexandra Syme: Suburban landscape 2017 (detail) enamel paint on stoneware 13.0 x 70.0 x 70.0 cm (variable), Woodleigh School, Langwarrin South © Alexandra Syme

Alexandra Syme: Suburban landscape 2017 (detail), enamel paint on stoneware 13.0 x 70.0 x 70.0 cm (variable), Woodleigh School, Langwarrin South © Alexandra Syme

The popular annual presentation Top Arts returns in 2019 for a showcase of the diverse and accomplished works of art from students who have completed Art or Studio Arts as part of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE).

In the Land of Drought 2015/2017 One channel video installation; Aspect ratio 2,35:1 Loop, 43 min 15 sec 6 + 2AP © Julian Rosefeldt, Courtesy the artist and König Galerie

In the Land of Drought 2015/2017 One channel video installation; Aspect ratio 2,35:1 Loop, 43 min 15 sec 6 + 2AP © Julian Rosefeldt, Courtesy the artist and König Galerie

The NGV will also offer screenings including the Australian premiere of German artist and filmmaker Julian Rosefeldt’s new film work, In the land of drought, 2015–17, looking at its impact on the world.

Warrior Announcement 2

Tony Ellwood AM, Director, NGV at program announcement of Autumn Winter 2019 including the NGV Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition Terracotta Warriors + Cai Guo-Qiang Photo: Eugene Hyland

Tony Ellwood ended his impressive presentation about next year’s exhibitions by expressing his gratitude “for the commitment and enduring support the Victorian Government provides to the NGV, which makes the richness and diversity of our exhibition program possible“.

Carolyn McDowall, The Culture Concept Circle, 2019

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