Melbourne Now boosts the NGV's collection - Art Collector

Michelle Hamer, We're all gonna die girls, 2013. Hand stitching on perforated plastic, 68 x 51cm. Courtesy: the artist, Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne and the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

22 January 2014 | Melbourne Now, the largest exhibition in the history of the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), is half way through its run and has already created a significant legacy for the gallery's collection.

Melbourne Now involves over 175 individual and group projects celebrating the latest art, architecture, design, performance and cultural practice from Melbourne's complex and diverse creative landscape. For this exhibition the NGV commissioned new works by a number of contemporary artists, and with the support of numerous individuals and foundations, the gallery has been able to acquire a number of the commissions and exhibited works.

Marco Fusinato, Aetheric plexus (Broken X), 2013. Alloy tubing, lights, double couplers, Lanbox LCM DMX controller, dimmer rack, DMX MP3 player, powered speaker, sensor, extension leads and shot bags, 410 x 880 x 230cm. Commission supported by Joan Clemenger and Peter Clemenger AM. Courtesy: the artist, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne and Sydney and the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Some of the acquisitive commissions include Marco Fusinato's Aetheric plexus (Broken X), pictured above, a dispersed sculpture comprising deconstructed stage equipment that triggers a sensory blitz of lights and sound when the presence of a viewer is detected.

Light rain – and everything we know about the universe (except gravity) is the largest neon work to date by Peter Kennedy. This work was commissioned for Melbourne Now and has also been acquired for the permanent collection of the NGV. Other commissions acquired for the gallery include works by Daniel Crooks and Anastasia Klose. To browse these projects, click here.

Peter Kennedy, Light rain - and everything we know about the universe (except gravity), 2013. Neon, 8160 x 500 x 20cm. Commission supported by the NGV Foundation with the assistance of the NGV Supporters of Contemporary Art. Courtesy: the artist, Milani Gallery, Brisbane and the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

A spokesperson for the NGV revealed further acquisitions exclusively to Art Collector. These include two hand stitched works by Michelle Hamer (one is pictured at the top of this article) and curated groups of photography by artists including Drew Pettifer and Chris Bond, Hanna Tai, Joshua Petherick, Christopher Day, Lydia Wegner and Paul Knight. Further works from Melbourne Now will be presented for acquisition in the coming months.

These key acquisitions by the NGV underline the importance of philanthropic support, as a number of them were made with the assistance of individuals and foundations.
Melbourne Now is running across the NGV International and NGV Australia sites until 23 March 2014.

Alexandra Djurichkovic

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