Today the NGV announced it's epic spring/summer blockbuster David Hockney - Arguably Britain’s greatest living painter.

Through the eyes of local artists, academics, curators, writers and creatives, dedicated programs will delve into the themes of the exhibition and explore Hockney’s artistic career. But that's not all that willl be taking shape at the NGV. You'll discover a packed program for kids and an outdoor carwash! View the upcoming program.

David Hockney

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NGV International

Ground Level, Temporary Exhibitions

11 Nov 16 – 13 Mar 17

Open 10am–5pm daily, Ticketed

The NGV presents a major solo exhibition of one of the most influential living artists, David Hockney. The exhibition, curated by the NGV in collaboration with David Hockney and his studio, features more than 700 works from the past decade of the artist’s career – some new and many never-before-seen in Australia – including paintings, digital drawings, photography and video works.

Exhibition highlights include more than 600 extraordinary and sometimes animated iPad digital drawings of still life compositions, self-portraits and large-scale landscapes including scenes of Yosemite National Park. Another highlight is The Four SeasonsWoldgate Woods, a breath-taking and immersive video work showcasing the changing landscape of Hockney’s native Yorkshire, each season comprised of nine high-definition screens. A dedicated 35-metre long gallery lined with more than 80 recently painted acrylic portrait paintings of the artist’s family, friends and notable subjects including artists John Baldessari and Barry Humphries is also a major highlight.


Viktor&Rolf for Kids

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NGV International

Ground Level

21 Oct 16 – 26 Feb 17

Open 10am–5pm daily, Free

NGV Kids presents a new large-scale exhibition by renowned luxury designers Viktor&Rolf especially for children and families.

In line with the independent creative vision of the Dutch design duo, the exhibition encourages children to explore and engage with their creativity through multimedia interactives and hands-on activities, including a particular focus on the olfactory experience – Viktor&Rolf fragrances have been described as a kaleidoscope of flowers in a bottle.

Through cutting-edge exhibition design, lavish interiors and décor, the NGV Kids exhibition space is transformed into a vibrant installation for young visitors to immerse themselves in the creative vision of these highly innovative fashion designers.


 Haven’t you always wanted to run through all that foam at the car lovers?

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NGV International

Ground Level, Grollo Equiset Garden

Oct 16

Open 10am–5pm daily, Free

With dimensions taken directly from an existing car wash in Blackburn, the design transplants an object of everyday use and familiarity into the unfamiliar surroundings of an art gallery. In place of cement and fluorescent lighting, the structure has a lightweight steel body with walls made of layered cricket netting and a translucent polycarbonate roof.

The evocative structure includes live ‘bays’ with lanes of bright pink astro turf complete with rubberised humps and road markings. Topped by a glittering ‘car wash’ sign and illuminated at night, the spaces are used for events, talks, live music performances and more over spring and summer as well as providing a place for Melburnians to gather, play and daydream. The whimsical structure will also include two bays replete with hanging curtains of red plastic, while another will diffuse mist recreating the experience of being at the car wash.


Lee Mingwei
The Moving Garden

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NGV International
Ground Level, Waterwall
Oct 16 – Jan 17
Open 10am–5pm daily, Free

Taiwanese-American artist Lee Mingwei is internationally recognised as one of the leading creators of art which invites audience participation. The NGV presents his acclaimed piece The Moving Garden 2009-present, an artwork that creates new, unexpected encounters in the city.

Lee’s artwork is highly participatory, and invites audiences into one-on-one interactions, such as bringing in an item to be mended by the artist in The Mending Project as well as more open-ended works such as The Moving Garden.

Lee says of the work:
‘In this project I present a space with beautiful, fresh flowers. Museum guests are invited to take one of these flowers with them when they leave the museum, if they will agree to do two things: first, to make a detour from their intended route when leaving the museum for their next destination; second, along this detour, to give the flower to a stranger who they feel would benefit from this unexpected act of generosity.’