Ash Keating spray paints the NGV to launch Melbourne Now - Art Collector

Ash Keating, West Park Proposition, 2012, production still photograph. Courtesy: the artist, Greta Costello and Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne

20 November 2013 | Melbourne Now - the largest exhibition in the history of the National Gallery of Victoria - will launch on Friday with an Ash Keating endurance painting performance where 25 paint filled fire extinguishers will spray the north wall of the NGV International.

Melbourne Now will showcase over 400 Melbourne artists and creative practitioners across the NGV International and NGV Australia sites. Some of Australia's most high profile artists have been chosen - Patricia Piccinini, Reko Rennie, Yhonnie Scarce, Rick Amor, Benjamin Armstrong, Bindi Cole, Lyndell Brown and Charles Green with Jon Cattapan and Janet Burchill and Jennifer McCamley - names a tiny sample. Click here for the full list.

Installation of Tully Moore's work in the Ian Potter Center, NGV Australia. Courtesy: the artist and the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

A number of artists including Arlo Mountford, The Telepathy Project, Susan Dimasi and Patrick Pound will engage with works from the NGV's collection. There are also many major new works and commissions that will be revealed - click here for an abbreviated listing of them.

The NGV has launched a comprehensive and user-friendly app to inform and guide visitors to
Melbourne Now. Available for both Android and Apple smart phone operating systems, it shows all of the artists and artworks in the exhibition and their exact location along with maps and programs. It is free to download.

Melbourne Now opens on Friday 22 November and runs until 23 March 2014.


Alexandra Djurichkovic



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