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NGV Triennial: 5 Artists We’re Fucking With

We have picked out five international artists and couturiers’ works that really spoke to us.

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We recently saw the launch of the National Gallery of Victoria’s first Triennial, the inaugural blockbuster exhibition featuring more than 100 artists and designers from over 33 countries, taking over a majority of the NGV. Popular names at the exhibition include Yayoi Kusama (Polka dot princess), Xu Zhen, Hassan Hajjaj, and Ron Mueck.

Compared to the Biennale in Sydney and Adelaide, what makes Melbourne’s Triennial different is the emphasis on art and design, and how the two inform each other. A lot of focus was put on giving exhibition visitors an insight in to what the creative community is doing all around the globe.

100 artists can sound overwhelming, but we have picked out five international artists and couturiers’ works that really spoke to us.

Olaf Breuning

Olaf Breuning

The Switzerland native’s digital photo-collages are whimsical and highly relatable. His tongue-in-cheek pieces force viewers from the technology generation to reflect on their internet consumption, along with their search history.

Edson Chagas

Edson Chagas

The Angola born artist who was exhibited regularly in Africa and Europe brings forth Tipo Passe, a series that “addresses questions of history, culture and identity.” The masks depicted in a large-scale passport photo really stood out from the rest of the exhibit.

Guo pei

Guo Pei

Remember Rihanna’s gorgeous yellow canary number at the 2015 Met Gala? That was the work of haute couture superstar Guo Pei. Fans of the recent Dior exhibition will be left in awe by an entire room dedicated to Guo Pei’s gown from her 2017 Legends collection, as well as plenty of commissioned work. (Think bling, and lots of it.)

Ron Mueck

Ron Mueck

The Melbourne native who works in London went big this Triennial. ‘Mass’ is his largest installation to date, and sees 100 hyper realistic skull sculptures spread across the gallery floors.

Pae white

Pae White

By far the most Insta-worthy exhibition is the American artist’s stunning new installation “Untitled”. Her colorful installation is one to take a slow walk through, due to its trippy nature and the fact that there is yarn involved.

If you’ve not visited the Triennial yet, it is 11/10 worth the visit!

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