National Gallery of Victoria announces 2016 Spring / Summer lineup

NGV Viktor&Rolf photo by Wayne TaylorThe National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) has announced its 2016 Spring/Summer lineup including major surveys of David Hockney, John Olsen and Viktor&Rolf.

The NGV’s summer contemporary blockbuster for 2016, David Hockney will feature more than 700 works from the past decade of Hockney’s career – many never-before-seen in Australia – including paintings, digital drawings, photography and video works.

Opening in November and curated by the NGV in collaboration with the artist and his studio, exhibition highlights include the monumental video piece The Four Seasons, Woldgate Woods, a breath-taking and immersive video installation which depicts the changing of the seasons in Hockney’s hometown of Yorkshire.

Other works will showcase Hockney’s vibrant landscapes, while his famous portraits will be represented through more than 80 paintings of his friends, families and notable subjects including Barry Humphries and John Baldessari. Prolific to this day, Hockney now works with new technologies and more than 600 of his iPad and iPhone drawings and animations will also be on display.

A major survey of eminent Australian artist John Olsen will open in September At NGV Australia. John Olsen: The You Beaut Country will be the most comprehensive survey of Olsen’s work to date, tracing seven decades of energised creation from his first solo exhibition in 1955 to recent work, highlighting his spectacular re-imaginings of the Australian landscape. Along with paintings and works on paper, the exhibition will feature commissioned ceiling paintings, tapestries and ceramics, drawn from public and private collections throughout Australia.

The spectacular and avant-garde creations of international luxury fashion house Viktor&Rolf will be showcased in a world-first exhibition developed in collaboration with the National Gallery of Victoria. Opening in October at NGV International, Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists will include 35 of the Dutch design duo’s most show-stopping and innovative works, revealing their rebellious approach to design, technical virtuosity and deep knowledge of fashion history. Also on display will be a selection of their work-in-progress, Dolls – replicas of antique dolls dressed in the designers’ most iconic looks.

Other highlights of the Spring/Summer 2016 program include a retrospective of renowned Indigenous artist Sally Gabori; an exhibition of jewellery, film and photography from the collection of Bulgari; and The Moving Garden, a participatory installation by Taiwanese-American artist Lee Mingwei.

For more information, visit: for details.

Image: Rolf Snoeren and Viktor Horsting (Viktor&Rolf) at National Gallery of Victoria – photo by Wayne Taylor