NGV Spring Summer Shows, Haring | Basquiat Crossing Lines

Polixeni Detail feature
Polixeni Detail feature

Polixeni Papapetrou: Detail from Blinded 2016 from the Eden series 2016 inkjet print 127.5 x 85.0 cm Private collection © the estate of Polixeni Papapetrou, Michael Reid Gallery (Sydney) and Jarvis Dooney (Berlin)

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Polixeni Papapetrou: Blinded 2016 from the Eden series 2016 inkjet print 127.5 x 85.0 cm Private collection © the estate of Polixeni Papapetrou, Michael Reid Gallery (Sydney) and Jarvis Dooney (Berlin)

Melbourne, Victoria is currently cooling down with dry autumn days, evoking the cold climate of a winter yet to come.

It seems a long way off until our souls and spirit will, once again, be refreshed as blossoms start blooming beautifully in Spring, before Summer brings forth its customary warmth.

The range of exciting exhibitions recently announced as debuting for the Spring-Summer Season 2019 – 2020 at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is both diverse and impressive.

It’s definitely worth marking your diary now, for the following will all be outstanding shows to see and booking early, advised.

Haring Basquiat Portrait Duo

Left, Portrait of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Photo: William Coupon         Right Portrait of Keith Haring Photo: William Coupon

The season includes one exclusive exhibition, bringing the streets, subway stations and sounds of New York city to Australia.  As Spring turns to Summer the world premiere exhibition Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines will be held December 1, 2019 – April 13, 2020 at NGV International, introducing two of the most influential American artists of the twentieth century to the newer generations.

Jean-Michel Basquiat Museum security (Broadway meltdown) 1983 acrylic, oilstick, and collage on canvas 213.0 x 213.0 cm Private collection © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York

Jean-Michel Basquiat Museum security (Broadway meltdown) 1983 acrylic, oilstick, and collage on canvas 213.0 x 213.0 cm Private collection © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York

Basquiat and Haring shared the somewhat radical notion to exceed boundaries, by creating a complex commentary through their radical imagery. It would help both artists during the 1980’s, to cross lines perhaps many had not considered before. Their visual language reflected while revealing, the ‘intersections between their lives, practices and ideas’.

Migrants walk past the temple as they are escorted by Slovenian riot police to the registration camp outside Dobova, Slovenia, Thursday October, 22, 2015. (Photo Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times)                              NYTCREDIT: Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times

Migrants walk past the temple as they are escorted by Slovenian riot police to the registration camp outside Dobova, Slovenia, Thursday October, 22, 2015. (Photo Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times) NYTCREDIT: Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times

To kick start Spring, more than 140 photographers will be represented in the exhibition Civilization.  Spring is about new beginnings, new life, new possibilities and new opportunities to secure the future.

Expanding knowledge about ourselves, our humanity and our evolution as a nation, as well as global citizens by viewing both contemporary and period art, will only help that process.

Civilization 3

Olaf Otto Becker Point 660, 2, 08/2008 67°09’04’’N, 50°01’58’’W, Altitude 360M 2008 from Above Zero series pigment print 117.0 x 139.0 x 5.0 cm Courtesy of the artist © Olaf Otto Becker

Over 200 original photographs exploring the broad spectrum of human life in the urban environment – from habitation, work, leisure, transport, communication, education, art, science and technologywill be sure to draw the crowds.

Kaws 1

KAWS, ALONG THE WAY 2013 Wood 550 x 448 x 306cm Photo: Jonty Wilde

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KAWS CLEAN SLATE (foreground) 2015 Bronze, paint 180cm x 98cm x 87cm, KAWS SURVIVAL MACHINE (background) 2015 Acrylic on canvas 5 parts, each 284.5cm x 233.7 cm Photo: Jonty Wilde

Larger-than-life sculptures and paintings will be front and centre of a comprehensive survey of works by Kaws aka American artist and designer Brian Donnelly.

His animating show Kaws: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness will be an exciting event for the whole family.

His pop culture iconic images will be sure to attract those who admire his distinctive artistic vocabulary and there is no doubt the kids will love them.

Recently his painting of the Simpsons went up for sale at Sotheby’s and fetched 14.7 million against an estimate of one…

… and they believe his star is still ‘rising’!

Kaws: Playtime will spearhead the spring-summer installation for the NGV Kid’s Studio, always a popular location.

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Polixeni Papapetrou The debutants 2009 from the Between Worlds series 2009 inkjet print 105.0 x 105.0 cm Private collection © the estate of Polixeni Papapetrou, Michael Reid Gallery (Sydney) and Jarvis Dooney (Berlin)

Following the photographic theme as a specialty will be two exhibitions of wondrous works by two women; Olympia Photographs by Polixeni Papapetrou who lives and works in Melbourne and those of Petrina Hicks: Bleached Gothic…

Petrina Hicks Australia born 1972 The beauty of history 2010 from Every Rose has its Thorn series 2010 pigment inkjet print 100.0 x 100.0 (image) Collection of the artist, Michael Reid, Sydney; and This Is No Fantasy, Melbourne © Petrina Hicks. Courtesy of Michael Reid, Sydney; and This Is No Fantasy, Melbourne

Petrina Hicks Australia born 1972 The beauty of history 2010 from Every Rose has its Thorn series 2010 pigment inkjet print 100.0 x 100.0 (image) Collection of the artist, Michael Reid, Sydney; and This Is No Fantasy, Melbourne © Petrina Hicks. Courtesy of Michael Reid, Sydney; and This Is No Fantasy, Melbourne

She likes to ‘… both create and corrupt the process of seduction and consumption’.

(left to right) Junya Watanabe, Comme des Garçons, Japan (fashion house) Japan est. 1992 Junya Watanabe (designer) Japan born 1961 Coat, jumper, leggings and boots 2006 autumn–winter, 2006–07 cotton, wool, nylon, acrylic, leather, metal (embellishments) 69.0 cm (centre back) 42.0 cm (sleeve) 75.0 cm (centre back) 80.0 cm (sleeve) 22.0 cm (waist, flat) 92.0 cm (outer leg) 71.0 cm (inner leg) d-e)  25.5 x 10.0 x 29.0 cm (each) National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Promised gift of Takamasa Takahashi  Tao, Comme des Garçons, Japan (fashion house) Japan 2005–2011 Tao Kurihara (designer)n Japan born 1961 Dress 2009 autumn–winter 2009 polyester, rayon; cotton, polyester; polyester; wool, mohair, nylon (a) 33.0 cm (centre back) 31.0 cm (waist, flat) (b) 61.0 cm (centre back) 59.0 cm (waist, flat) (c) 62.5 cm (centre back) 32.0 cm (waist, flat) (d) 63.0 cm (centre back) 30.0 cm (waist, flat) e-f) 11.0 x 9.0 x 26.0 cm (each) National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne  Gift of Takamasa Takahashi through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, 2017 (2017.156.a-f) Comme des Garçons, Japan (fashion house) Japan  2005–2011 Rei Kawakubo (designer) Japan born 1942 Dress 2003 Extreme Embellishment collection autumn–winter 2003–2004 cotton, plastic zipper, metal zipper, metal hook, fabric fastener 133.0 cm (centre back) 44.0 cm (waist, flat) National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Gift of Takamasa Takahashi through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, 2015 (2015.124)

(left to right) Junya Watanabe, Comme des Garçons, Japan (fashion house) Japan est. 1992 Junya Watanabe (designer) Japan born 1961 Coat, jumper, leggings and boots 2006 autumn–winter, 2006–07 cotton, wool, nylon, acrylic, leather, metal (embellishments) 69.0 cm (centre back) 42.0 cm (sleeve) 75.0 cm (centre back) 80.0 cm (sleeve) 22.0 cm (waist, flat) 92.0 cm (outer leg) 71.0 cm (inner leg) 25.5 x 10.0 x 29.0 cm (each) National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Promised gift of Takamasa Takahashi Tao, Comme des Garçons, Japan (fashion house) Japan 2005–2011 Tao Kurihara (designer)n Japan born 1961 Dress 2009 autumn–winter 2009 polyester, rayon; cotton, polyester; polyester; wool, mohair, nylon (a) 33.0 cm (centre back) 31.0 cm (waist, flat) (b) 61.0 cm (centre back) 59.0 cm (waist, flat) (c) 62.5 cm (centre back) 32.0 cm (waist, flat) (d) 63.0 cm (centre back) 30.0 cm (waist, flat) e-f) 11.0 x 9.0 x 26.0 cm (each) National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Gift of Takamasa Takahashi through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, 2017 (2017.156.a-f) Comme des Garçons, Japan (fashion house) Japan 2005–2011 Rei Kawakubo (designer) Japan born 1942 Dress 2003 Extreme Embellishment collection autumn–winter 2003–2004 cotton, plastic zipper, metal zipper, metal hook, fabric fastener 133.0 cm (centre back) 44.0 cm (waist, flat) National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Gift of Takamasa Takahashi through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, 2015 (2015.124)

Collecting Comme will celebrate the NGV’s expansive collection of Comme des Garçons designs, generously gifted to the NGV by Mr Takamasa Takahashi.

Taniguchi Fumie Women preparing for a party (Yoso? hitobito) 1935 ink and colour on silk 176.8 x 364.0 cm National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne  Purchased with funds from the Estate of Kevin and Eunice McDonald and NGV Foundation, 2019 © Estate of Taniguchi Fumie

Taniguchi Fumie Women preparing for a party (Yoso? hitobito) 1935 ink and colour on silk 176.8 x 364.0 cm National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Purchased with funds from the Estate of Kevin and Eunice McDonald and NGV Foundation, 2019 © Estate of Taniguchi Fumie

Japanese Modernism will feature large scale works by young contemporary Japanese artists, including woodblock prints, costume, interior design, graphic design and more.

Roger Kemp Music movement 1 1936–40 oil and pencil on cardboard 86.4 x 55.8 cm irreg. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Presented by the Kemp Trust through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program, 2014  © The Estate of Roger Kemp

Roger Kemp Music movement 1 1936–40 oil and pencil on cardboard 86.4 x 55.8 cm irreg. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Presented by the Kemp Trust through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, 2014 © The Estate of Roger Kemp

Works by Australian abstract artist Roger Kemp: Visionary Modernist will be featured in a retrospective, the first since his death in 1987, including his emotive Ballet Russes series.

Ellwood and Foley

Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV and Martin Foley, Minister for Creative Industries at the announcement of the Spring Summer 2019-20 program which announced the 2019 NGV summer blockbuster Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines Photo credits: NGV

NGV Director Tony Ellwood AM has successfully introduced blockbuster contemporary art shows during summer for the last five or six years now and the Victorian Labour Government through its Minister of Creative Industries Martin Foley, gives the gallery ongoing support.

This enables it to provide a platform on which to present an exhibition program with remarkable depth, from both leading local and international practitioners.

NGV Collage

NGV Australia, Federation Square, NGV International, St Kilda Road

Tony Elwood is very much a visionary, who has ensured the gallery has gone from strength to strength, achieving record numbers for its exhibitions since his arrival. It now has twice as many people visiting the NGV on an annual basis, than the Art Gallery of NSW.

He has challenged current generations to embrace the visual art forms, which best reflect both their own ideology and attitudes, and they have just kept coming back for more and more. His Friday night viewings with contemporary music are exceedlingly well attended and often have to be extended to accommodate the crowds.

Basquiat and Haring - Naughty Boys

Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat at the opening reception for Julian Schnabel at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1987 © George Hirose

He observed the works to go on display in Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines, will be…

‘…drawn from an array of public and private collections from around the world… providing… a unique scholarly context for their rise to prominence and lasting influence, firmly embedding them in the lively and diverse social context of 1980s New York.’ he said. ‘Haring and Basquiat respectively created powerful and enduring bodies of work rich with symbolic meaning and emotionally-charged political commentary,Tony Ellwood noted.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 17: Tony Ellwood AM, Director of the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) poses as he announces the new summer blockbuster exhibition Keith Haring | Jean Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines at NGV International on April 17, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. The exhibition will open on 1 December 2019. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images for NGV)

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – APRIL 17: Tony Ellwood AM, Director of the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) poses as he announces the new summer blockbuster exhibition Keith Haring | Jean Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines at NGV International on April 17, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. The exhibition will open on 1 December 2019. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images for NGV)

He has invited participation from the widest possible audience. The dialogue between the two will be sure to engage the viewer who will be able to gain a comprehensive insight into each of these influential artists and their practices.

Haring Best

Keith Haring Prophets of rage 1988 acrylic on canvas 304.8 x 457.2 cm The Keith Haring Foundation, New York © Keith Haring Foundation

Both Keith Haring (1958-1990) and Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960 – 1988) had tragically short careers.  More than 300 of their artworks, including some created in public spaces, will be featured; painting, sculpture, objects, works on paper, photographs, original notebooks and more.

Basquiat Untitled

Jean-Michel Basquiat Untitled 1982 acrylic and oilstick on wood panel 183.0 x 122.5 cm Private collection © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York

Viennese born Scholar Dr. Dieter Buchhart, guest curator of Crossing Lines noted…

Haring and Basquiat redefined the role of art in public space and public debate. This exhibition draws out their passionate engagement with social issues, such as racism and the AIDS crisis, revealing the political context underpinning their practices’ he said… continuing… ‘Keith Haring insisted art was for everybody and brought his unique art vocabulary into public spaces to distribute and democratize his art and ideas,’ said Buchhart.

Basquiat’s undisputed masterpiece, Untitled, 1982, which depicts a skull, one of the artist’s most acclaimed motifs, against a complex, layered background, will showcase the artist’s use of expressive line, gesture and colour.

Haring’s Untitled, 1983 will reveal how, through a complex composition of figures, lines and a computer, he offered his followers a salient commentary on the rise and eventual domination of mass media and computer technology.

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Keith Haring Pile of crowns for Jean-Michel Basquiat 1988 acrylic on canvas 304.8 x 304.8 x 304.8 cm The Keith Haring Foundation, New York © Keith Haring Foundation

The final section of the exhibition will feature Haring’s A Pile of Crowns for Jean-Michel Basquiat, a moving tribute created after his friend’s death on August 12, 1988. It is composed of a pile of Basquiat’s distinctive crowns, which have been made radiant through Haring’s masterful use of line and symbolism.

Haring Waterwall

Keith Haring preparing an artwork on the waterwall at the NGV Photo: Geoffrey Burke

A selection of his signature tarp paintings will also be on display, including Untitled (Australia), 1984, created on his only trip to Australia. At that time, he executed his ephemeral water wall mural at NGV International.

Architecture Commission 2019-2020

Winner of the 2019 NGV Architecture Commission In Absence by artist Yhonnie Scarce, and Melbourne-based Edition Office. Yhonnie Scarce, belongs to the Kokatha and Nukunu peoples of South Australia © Courtesy of Yhonnie Scarce and Edition Office

Contemporary artist Yhonnie Scarce and Melbourne architecture studio Edition Office are winners of the 2019 NGV Architecture Commission and their scheme entitled In Absence will invite audiences to better understand and celebrate the long history of indigenous design and architecture, when installed in the Grollo Equiset garden.

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Polixeni Papapetrou Olympia as Lewis Carroll’s Xie Kitchin as Chinaman on tea boxes (On duty) 2003 from the Dreamchild series 2003 type C photograph 105.0 x 105.0 cm Private collection © the estate of Polixeni Papapetrou, Michael Reid Gallery (Sydney) and Jarvis Dooney (Berlin)

On any day of the week in both its Melbourne locations, the National Gallery of Victoria is a hive of activity, across all age groups and all cultural backgrounds.

This winter, prior to this exciting Spring Summer Season, locals and visitors to Victoria will have an opportunity to view Chinese art and culture for the 2019 Melbourne Winter Masterpieces

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

Terracotta Warriors

Guardians of Immortality


Cai Guo-Qiang

The Transient Landscape

Be sure to visit soon and mark your diary with a range of exhibitions designed to stimulate and engage your interest in the world around you.

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Carolyn McDowall, The Culture Concept Circle, 2019

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