Among many important landmarks in the city of Melbourne, NGV (National Gallery of Victoria) stands tall. It is the oldest and most visited gallery in the country. A wide range of international and national exhibitions and performances are held here.
It was founded in 1861 and holds a treasure of over 70k art works. At the entrance of NGV, is a Waterwall. When it rains, the rain water collects on the roof and flows down to the underground water tanks. From here it goes through the water treatment plant to the moat and finally flows into the Waterwall. The entire system of five moats and three fountains outside is designed to use the harvested rain water continuously.
Later this month, in partnership with Art Exhibitions, Australia, NGV is hosting a Van Gogh – the Seasons, series. This will feature his works which represent greatness of nature and existence of a higher force. It will be a ticketed event.
Before that, if you are in Melbourne you could enjoy three free shows. The 1st is Love: Art of Emotion 1400-1800. It shows cases the theme of love in art and its changing representation throughout the early days in Europe. There are more than 200 exhibits, some of which have never been exhibited before.
Another is a contemporary design exhibition showing some very interesting and provocative Chair designs. Two exhibits which stand out here, have been designed by Porky Hefer and Jolan van der Wiel.
Porky Hefer, one of South Africa’s most interesting and contemporary designers has designed an animal inspired Fiona Blackfish. It is designed like a killer whale with a stitched leather exterior with a tail, dorsal fin and flippers.
Jolan Wiel has designed a limited edition original gravity stool, which rises from the mixture of natural force of magnetism through a unique invention installed with two large magnets.
The photographic exhibition is also a very interesting and a must see with some very interesting photos shot by eminent photographers like, Richard Mosse, Pieter Hugo, Inigo Manglano-Ovalle, Derek Hendersen, Sophie Calle, Hai Bo, Atul Dodiya among others.