Category: NGV Collection

Digital in-fill for Turtle Soup

When the NGV’s flat textiles were assessed by textile conservators in preparation for the Mid-Century Modern exhibition, it was observed that a large section of the textile by Bee Taplin named Turtle Soup (c.1955) was missing.  It had been acquired …  More

Plastics in Art: David McDiarmid. Part 1: Scientific Analysis.

David McDiarmid was one of the first Australian artists to use synthetic plastics as a principal medium in his art.  His choice reflects the increasing pervasiveness of plastics in everyday life during the 1970s and the growing availability of plastics …  More

Jack Meyer, Industrial Revolution

As you leave the retro cool of  mid-century Australian design and furniture pieces of the Mid-Century Modern  exhibition, you may be surprised by a last minute 3 meter long splash of the seventies that is more kamikazes and wine coolers …  More

Art as therapy – I’m skeptical about pretty things

Philosophers Alain de Botton and John Armstrong of The School of Life have created the Art as Therapy Tour at the NGV. The self-guided tour of selected works from the NGV Collection includes special captions that challenge our assumptions about ourselves, society …  More

Wedgwood Portland vase and stand (c. 1790)

The model for Wedgwood’s Portland vase is the antique cameo glass vase now in the British Museum, London. The vase was produced in Rome (or Alexandria) during the first century BC and is named after the Duchess of Portland, who …  More

Chinese Wine pot from the Ming Dynasty

You may have noticed the turquoise lotus wine pot on the side of the NGV Building lately. Senior Curator, Asian Art, Mae-Anna Pang talks to us about the Chinese Wine pot from the Ming Dynasty, 16th century.   I once …  More

Art as Therapy – whether you succeed or fail is entirely in your own hands

Philosophers Alain de Botton and John Armstrong of The School of Life have created the Art as Therapy Tour at the NGV. The self-guided tour of selected works from the NGV Collection includes special captions that challenge our assumptions about ourselves, society …  More