Warm up this winter at NGV Friday Nights and see over 70 works by Picasso alongside over 100 works by his contemporaries in our 2022 Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition® The Picasso Century. See some of Australia’s best bands and performers play live in the Great Hall, dine at the Bar Lourinhã pop-up at Garden Restaurant and enjoy after-hours access to the exhibition.
7.30pm – 8.30pm
Solomon Sisay is a world-class Ethio-jazz musician who shot to fame after being the chosen saxophone player for Axumite Band, a legendary outfit in Ethiopia. Solomon has since continued his legacy, playing alongside the greats such as Mahmoud Ahmed, Aleymehu Eshete, Ali Bira, Tsegaye Eshetu and with many of the young, up and coming Ethiopian music stars. Since releasing his sell-out debut album Sitota in 2019, Solomon has enjoyed continued popularity in Ethiopia and Australia.
6.00pm – 7.30pm
8.30pm – 10.00pm
Afrodisiac is known around Naarm for her eclectic weaving of percussive sounds and distinctive selections. Afrodisiac is overjoyed to return to NGV with a curated set full of contemporary tracks by pioneering francophones as well as downtempo and French house music.
Melbourne Winter Masterpieces: The Picasso Century
The world-premiere Melbourne Winter Masterpieces® exhibition, The Picasso Century, charts the extraordinary career of Pablo Picasso in dialogue with the many artists, poets and intellectuals with whom he interacted throughout the 20th century, including Guillaume Apollinaire, Georges Braque, Salvador Dalí, Alberto Giacometti, Françoise Gilot, Valentine Hugo, Marie Laurencin, Dora Maar, André Masson, Henri Matisse, Dorothea Tanning and Gertrude Stein. Exclusively developed for the NGV by the Centre Pompidou and the Musée national Picasso-Paris, the exhibition features over 70 works by Picasso alongside over 100 works by more than 50 of his contemporaries, drawn from premier French national collections, as well as the NGV Collection.
Making Art: Imagine everything is real
Making Art: Imagine everything is real is the centre of creativity for all ages at the NGV this winter. Coinciding with the premiere exhibition, The Picasso Century, Making Art features a range of hands-on activities and multimedia experiences inspired by methods of working invented by some of the leading European artists included in the exhibition.
Bar Lourinhã at NGV
Bar Lourinhã at NGV offers a bespoke menu designed by executive chef Matt McConnell, celebrating Mediterranean flavours and Victorian Produce. Discover a set menu featuring contemporary versions of Spanish classics composed of seasonal and locally-sourced ingredients. Make a reservation at the Bar Lourinhã pop-up as part of your NGV Friday Nights experience.
Yering Station Wine Bar
Enjoy the Yering Station Wine Bar in the Great Hall and choose from a menu of fine wines from the Yarra Valley or unique wine flight tasting experience including varieties of Pinot Noir, Shiraz and Chardonnay.
Pommery Champagne Bar
At the Pommery Champagne Bar in the Gallery Kitchen, café guests can indulge in Pommery Pops at the Pommery Cart. Inspired by Mediterranean flavours, a menu of share plates and substantial meals will be available throughout the evening including Jamon & manchego croquetas, spiced beef Albondigas, empanadas and churros.
Outdoor Terrace Bar
Embrace Melbourne at its winter best at the Outdoor Terrace bar on the Garden Terrace. Sip on a mulled wine, dessert wine, warm up under blankets and heaters and look up to the city lights and night sky.