19/12/2020 – 18/04/2021

The NGV Triennial brings contemporary art, design and architecture into dialogue, offering a visually arresting and thought-provoking view of the world at this time, and in 2020 features 86 projects by over 100 artists and designers from more than 30 countries. Comprising major new commissions and recent works that span geography, perspective and genre, the exhibition celebrates the work of some of the world’s most accomplished artists and designers, while also giving voice to emerging practitioners.

Crossing cultures, disciplines and traditional divides, the NGV Triennial seeks to question the status quo of the art and design world through the generation of collaborative projects with positive impacts and long-term legacies. A range of new commissions and initiatives demonstrate that we can use the creative process to create outcomes that are intellectually, socially and aesthetically compelling.

As creative disciplines become increasingly porous and interconnected, new systems, materials and technologies are rapidly changing the ways in which artists and designers can imagine and speculate on the future. Through a series of compelling presentations globally significant practitioners working at the nexus of art, design, science and technology, the NGV Triennial offers an inspirational platform to experience and consider how digital and emerging technologies are transforming the landscape of cultural production and industry. These projects reveal a new cultural paradigm where traditional silos have dissolved into an ever changing and accelerating landscape of creative practice. 

Unique across the world, the NGV Triennial presents globally significant projects which demonstrate the extraordinary intersection between contemporary art, design and architecture. The adoption of this model rapidly established the NGV Triennial, occurring every three years, as an important contributor to international discourse and collaboration while reinforcing a connection between Melbourne and the broader global community. 

Artists & Designers 
Tony Albert; Refik Anadol; Joi T. Arcand; Daniel Arsham; Asinnajaq; Atong Atem; Elliot Bastianon; Jonathan Ben-Tovim; Cecilie Bendixen; Naama Bergman; Girma Berta; David Bielander; Hannah Brontë; Danielle Brustman; Bosshard, Tavor & van der Ploeg, and Ani Vihervaara (BTVV); Carnovsky; Guido Casaretto; Megan Cope; Matt Copson; Ilan El; Véronique Ellena; Fallen Fruit; Fecal Matter; Yanni Florence; Adam Nathaniel Furman & Sibling Architecture; Yann Gerstberger; Bruce Gilden; Pirjo Haikola; Dale Hardiman & Stephen Royce; Stuart Haygarth; Talin Hazbar; Porky Hefer; Ayana V. Jackson; JR; Misaki Kawai; Phumzile Khanyile; Kim Sihyun; Tomo Koizumi; Jeff Koons; Siji Krishnan; Kengo Kuma & Associates with Geoff Nees; Alicja Kwade; Des Lawrence; Lee Ufan; Liu Shiyuan; Sabine Marcelis; Tony Matelli; Natasha Matila-Smith; Cristina de Middel & Bruno Morais; Clare Milledge; Pierre Mukeba; Aïda Muluneh; Dhambit Munuŋgurr; Erez Nevi Pana; Glenda Nicholls; Lakin Ogunbanwo; Julian Opie; Susan Philipsz; Adrian Piper; Alice Potts; Richard Quinn; Steven Rhall; Tabor Robak; Rive Roshan; Makiko Ryujin & Michael Gittings; Lara Schnitger; Jim Shaw; Scotty So; Bosco Sodi; Soheila Sokhanvari; Diamond Stingily; Kiran Subbaiah; Tomoaki Suzuki; Angela Tiatia; Faye Toogood; Frieda Toranzo Jaeger; Tromarama; Patricia Urquiola; Sarah Waiswa; Nari Ward; Lukas Wegwerth; Vicki West; Fred Wilson; Cerith Wyn Evans; Liam Young.

Image credit: Cerith Wyn Evans, C=O=D=A, 2019–20, courtesy White Cube, London. Installation view at NGV International, photographed by Tom Ross.