NGV has revealed its huge 2021 program

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NGV has revealed its huge 2021 program

Words by Riley Barber

Melburnians have a lot to look forward to over the 2021 season with the gallery’s impressive upcoming exhibitions.

NGV has lifted the lid on the program for its 2021 season, featuring an incredible range of international, Australian, contemporary and classic artists.

What you need to know

  • The NGV Friday Nights series will return from June 4 until October 1, with the artist lineup yet to be revealed
  • The gallery will showcase works from Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Vincent Van Gogh and more as part of its impressionist exhibition
  • A Maree Clarke retrospective featuring over three decades of her work will hit the gallery this year

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For its Melbourne Winter Masterpieces this year, NGV will showcase a vast selection of impressionist works, having partnered with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) for French Impressionism, an exhibition featuring over 100 pieces.

The exhibition will open in June, featuring such renowned artists as Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, Mary Cassatt, Gustave Caillebotte, Vincent Van Gogh, and more. The collection will also include 79 masterworks that haven’t been exhibited before in Australia. 

NGV Friday Nights is also set to return with the exhibition, to be hosted in the NGV Great Hall, and will include a menu of French-inspired food and drinks. The gig series will run from Friday from June 4 to October 1, with a full artist lineup to be announced. 

Also coming to the gallery in April is She-oak and Sunlight: Australian Impressionism. The exhibition is set to feature over 270 pieces from major Australian collections, both private and public. NGV promises to showcase notable works from Tom Roberts, Frederick McCubbin, Jane Sutherland, Arthur Streeton, Charles Conder, Clara Southern, John Russell and E Phillips Fox, as well as bring works by Iso Rae, May Vale, Jane Price and Ina Gregory into the spotlight.

According to NGV, the exhibition will focus on the importance of personal and international influences, as well as the significance of place, in the history of Australian impressionism.

Other exhibitions set to hit NGV as part of its 2021 season include Big Weather, an NGV Collection exhibition that will showcase historical and contemporary art exploring the understanding of weather systems that exists within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge. 

The gallery will also host a retrospective of Yorta Yorta/Wamba Wamba/Mutti Mutti/Boonwurrung woman, Maree Clarke, presenting over three decades of her work in Maree Clarke: Ancestral Memories.

Additionally, NGV will showcase the works of contemporary artist Camille Henrot in Camille Henrot: Is Today Tomorrow which span a number of mediums, all exploring themes of the role of the individual both privately and globally in the modern age.

Other exhibitions include Goya: Drawings from the Prado Museum, featuring more than 160 works on paper by Francisco Goya, Rosalie Gascoigne | Lorraine Connelly-Northey, which will combine the two Australian artists in a look at art from materiality, Bark Ladies, a collection of works by Yolngu women artists from the Buku Larrngay Mulka Centre (Buku) in Northeast Arnhem Land, and Queer, an exhibition examining the NGV Collection through a queer lens featuring more than 300 artworks.

Head to the NGV website for more information.