Cai Guo-Qiang. Sunshine and Solitude: Lassoing Horses 2010. Photo by Diego Berruecos, courtesy MUAC
The NGV has revealed the 2019 Melbourne Winter Masterpieces presentation: China’s ancient Terracotta Warriors alongside a parallel display of new works by one of the world’s most exciting contemporary artists, Cai Guo-Qiang.
Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality is a large-scale presentation of the Qin Emperor’s Terracotta Warriors, which, discovered in 1974 in China’s Shaanxi province, are regarded as one of the greatest archaeological finds of the twentieth century and widely described as the eighth wonder of the world.
Presented in parallel, Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient Landscape, will see contemporary artist, Cai Guo-Qiang, create all new art works inspired by his home country’s culture and its enduring philosophical traditions, including a monumental installation of 10,000 suspended porcelain birds.
The Melbourne Winter Masterpieces presentation is the centerpiece of the NGV’s Autumn/Winter 2019 program, which also includes major exhibitions Heysen/Heysen: Two Generations of Australian Art, which pairs father and daughter artists Hans and Nora Heysen, and Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor, the first major Australian exhibition celebrating the work of the American modernist.
Escher X nendo | Between Two Worlds is the first exhibition in the world to feature the extraordinary work of Dutch graphic artist M. C. Escher in dialogue with the work of acclaimed Japanese design studio nendo, led by designer Oki Sato. Escher X nendo | Between Two Worlds will be on display from 2 December 2018 – 7 April 2019 at NGV International in Melbourne.
NGV GALA 2018
A night like no other
A highlight of Melbourne’s event calendar, the NGV Gala is a black-tie ball featuring art, fashion, music, fine wine and food.
I’m posing questions to Dutch fashion designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren that are a little more searching than most. Instead of asking about their hit fragrance, Flowerbomb (one bottle sold every three minutes), or their private relationship (former partners, now platonic—for the record), I’m plundering sociology, anthropology, in fact, any-ology I can muster.