NGV Triennial

Detail of Richard Mosse's artwork, Incoming

La Trobe University is proud to be the Learning Partner of the NGV Triennial exhibition.

The Triennial features the work of over 100 artists and designers from 32 countries. The exhibition surveys the world of art and design, across cultures, scales, geographies and perspectives.

This free exhibit is a celebration of contemporary art and design practice that traverses all four levels of NGV International. It explores innovative technologies, architecture, animation, performance, film, painting, drawing, fashion design, tapestry and sculpture.

As the Learning Partner of the NGV Triennial, we're translating the stories and key themes of this exhibition through free public lectures and exclusive masterclass events. These events take a deeper look at how art has transformed society through activism, its influence on urban design and the importance of art in today’s therapy practices.

The NGV Triennial exhibition is on from Dec 2017 – 15 April 2018.

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NGV Triennial Events by La Trobe University

Art Therapy Masterclass: 2-3 March 2018

Photo of Dots Obsession, a portrait of Yayoi Kusama.

The La Trobe Art Therapy Masterclass explores connections between Yayoi Kusama’s life and practice, and the practice of art making more generally. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of Kusama’s work and the role of art in mental health, wellbeing and therapy. This masterclass brings together experts from the La Trobe’s University Art Institute and the Master of Art Therapy Program.

For over sixty years, Yayoi Kusama has worked obsessively on her paintings, drawings, sculptures, fashion, experimental films, installations, writing and ‘happenings’. Flower obsession 2016-17, is a new participatory artwork created by the eighty-eight-year-old especially for the NGV’s Triennial this summer.

There is no doubt that Kusama holds a significant place in the history of Abstraction. Her work influences several generations of contemporary artists. However, there is also a great deal of interest in the psychology and biography of the artist.

Image: Bigliatti, Cristina (2016) Dots Obsession. A portrait of Yayoi Kusama, Platform Architecture and Design, viewed 20 October 2017. Available: http://www.platform-ad.com/donts-obsession-a-portrait-of-yayoi-kusama/

The search for a new civic imagination: 15 February 2018

Detail from Myoung Ho Lee's Tree...#7

In this lecture, Dr Vincent Alessi reflected on the role of the artiste and creative practitioners in the public space. He investigated how they have and continue to contribute to the creation of a new civic imagination ensuring that the city of the future remains equitable and sustainability for the communities which inhabit it.

In his essay "Democratizing urbanization and the search for a new civic imagination" American architect and academic Teddy Cruz, suggests that our institutions or culture, governance and urban planning need to begin to reimagine alternative ways to engage with the conditions that have produced the major issues of our times.

Image: Myoung Ho Lee, Tree… #7 2014 (detail) from the Tree abroad series 2006–. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Suzanne Dawbarn Bequest, 2015. © Myoung Ho Lee, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York

Shouting from the studio top, The Artist as Activist: Thursday 8 February 2018

Richard Mosse, still from Incoming 2015–16

Throughout history, artists have been active participants in key social and political debates. Pablo Picasso’s Guernica is one of the greatest paintings to protest the brutality of war. David McDiarmid’s practice maintained a sustained engagement with gay male identity and HIV issues.

Barbara Kruger’s iconic images address issues of power, identity and sexuality, while more recently artists as diverse as Amy Balkin and Lauren Berkowitz have created works which respond to current thinking, debates and often in-action on climate change.

In this lecture, Dr Vincent Alessi discussed the role of the artist as activist. Referencing artists represented in the NGV Triennial, the lecture explored the presence of the artistic voice to better understand and meet the challenges of contemporary social and political issues.

Image: Richard Mosse, still from Incoming 2015–16 (detail) Co-commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne and the Barbican Art Gallery, London. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Purchased with funds donated by Christopher Thomas AM and Cheryl Thomas, Jane and Stephen Hains, Vivien Knowles, Michael and Emily Tong and 2016 NGV Curatorial Tour donors, 2017 © Richard Mosse courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery, New York and carlier |gebauer, Berlin

Memory and environment event: 14 December 2017

Alexandra Kehayoglou with her work No Longer Creek, 2016
On Thursday 14 December 2017, acclaimed Argentinian textile artist Alexandra Kehayoglou visited Bendigo’s La Trobe Art Institute to discuss her new work, Santa Cruz River 2016-17 that was commissioned for the National Gallery of Victoria for the inaugural NGV Triennial exhibit.

Kehayoglou joined Senior Curator of La Trobe Art Institute, Dr Kent Wilson, to discuss her new major work 'Santa Cruz River 2016-17'. Their discussion draws connections between the incredibly immersive and lavish hand-tufted rugs and tapestries of Kehayoglou and the work of Australian artist James Geurts, who recently exhibited 'Seismic Field' as artist in residence at La Trobe Art Institute.

You can learn more by watching this video.

More information can be found on the La Trobe Art Institute website.

Image: Alexandra Kehayoglou with her work No Longer Creek,2016, at the artist announcement for the 2017 NGV TriennialPhoto: Wayne Taylor

Image: Richard Mosse, still from Incoming 2015–16 (detail) Co-commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne and the Barbican Art Gallery, London. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Purchased with funds donated by Christopher Thomas AM and Cheryl Thomas, Jane and Stephen Hains, Vivien Knowles, Michael and Emily Tong and 2016 NGV Curatorial Tour donors, 2017 © Richard Mosse courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery, New York and carlier |gebauer, Berlin