NGV Friday Nights: Surprise Chef + College of Knowledge

NGV Friday Nights: Surprise Chef + College of Knowledge

Warm up this winter at NGV Friday Nights and see over 70 works by Picasso alongside over 100 works by his contemporaries in the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces® 2022 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.

PERFORMANCES

Surprise Chef
Great Hall
7.30pm – 8.30pm

Surprise Chef are Melbourne’s cinematic soul journeymen, pushing vivid shades of instrumental jazz-funk with a DIY mentality. The centrepiece of their self-run College Of Knowledge Records roster, Surprise Chef’s output reflects a meticulous education of 1970’s soul, touching on the legacies of composer/producers David Axelrod & Isaac Hayes, with cues also taken from the catalogues of Daptone and Truth & Soul. Surprise Chef’s live show is an odyssey through dark landscapes of analogue synth-laden funk and left-field library music-esque scenes; a flowing, linear puzzle of vivid minor-key expressions. 

College of Knowledge
Great Hall
6.00pm – 7.30pm
8.30pm – 10.00pm

The partnership of Lachlan Stuckey (AKA Fairbanks) and Jethro Curtin delves into numerous musical spheres; as DJs pushing the soulful side of record racks; as composers and performers of funk, soul and jazz; and as record label partners, releasing crusty instrumental music out of their analogue-focused home studio. Fairbanks & Jethro’s DJ sets are a reflection of a strong musical bond and deep friendship, enthusiastically and intuitively navigating old sounds from a new perspective. These sets trace the uplifting modern soul cuts, wild jazz-funk explorations, thumping disco heavers and deep afro jams that fill their shared crates.   

EXHIBITIONS

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 families and 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.

DINING

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.