Rising to prominence in the 1970’s, Francesco Clemente became a key member of Neo-Expressionism, an international movement which was based on the resurgence of Expressionism in painting. Combining self-portraiture with mythological or religious iconography, Clemente’s works are often charged with a mystical, dreamlike sensibility. #NGV • Image: Francesco Clemente The midnight sun XII 1982 National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Purchased with funds provided by the National Gallery Women’s Association and miscellaneous donations, 1992 © Francesco Clemente
Even before she had seen it ‘in the flesh’, the colours and compositions of seventeenth-century Dutch painting manifested strongly in Nora Heysen’s work. An unfinished Interior, c. 1930, painted at The Cedars shows a reproduction of Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a pearl earring, 1665. Vermeer’s contrasting palette of rich blues and earthy browns, as well his choice of delicately composed and dramatically illuminated vernacular subjects, was to provide a major prototype for Nora’s early painting. The interior of The Cedars remains largely unchanged to this day. Hans and Nora Heysen: Two Generations of Australia Art now open, NGV Australia. #NGV • Nora Heysen Cedars interior c. 1930 The Cedars, Hahndorf © Lou Klepac
‘I was in Canada and wanted to find the mountains used in the Paramount Pictures logo. However, I learnt it never existed, the logo is only inspired by the mountains surrounding Banff. So this collective moment we all recognise from cinema is a fabrication, which sparked the idea for this work: although we’re in a culture that provides hopes and dreams, it never allows us to reach them; we’re still terrible consumers and believers – always investing, yet knowing there’s a diminishing return.’ – Darren Sylvester. Darren Sylvester: Carve a Future, Devour Everything, Become Something now open, NGV Australia. #NGV • Image: Darren Sylvester Let hopes and dreams be things we can achieve 2005 Collection of the artist, Melbourne © Darren Sylvester
Collins St, 5p.m. In the early 1950s, John Brack adopted the urban Melbourne environment as his subject, recording the shops, bars and workplaces of the city with an ironic edge. This painting is among the most iconic of this period. Here, Brack depicts Melbourne’s financial centre hub at the end of the working day, uniformly dressed office-workers stream homeward. #NGV #Melbourne • Image: John Brack Collins St, 5p.m. 1955 National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Purchased 1956 © National Gallery of Victoria
In Verbum (Earth, sky and water), M. C. Escher gives the metamorphosis of form an evolutionary connotation by depicting black and white frogs, birds and fishes evolving from a grey mist of triangular primordial figures. By presenting his composition within a perfect geometric form of a hexagon, Escher was striving to depict a harmonious world in which day and night, and the elements of earth, sky and water, were all in perfect balance at a time when the world was at war. #NGVEXN #Escher • M. C. Escher Verbum (Earth, sky and water) July 1942 lithograph, 2nd state Escher Collection, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague, the Netherlands © The M. C. Escher Company, the Netherlands. All rights reserved
Join Designing Women In Conversation as part of #MelbourneDesignWeek. Today exhibition curator Simone LeAmon speaks in conversation with exhibiting female designers about the innovative practice of Australian designers and the importance of women in design. #NGV Thursday 21 March 2pm–3.30pm. Link in Profile • Image: Installation view of Designing Women at NGV International © Courtesy the designers.
This week, world renowned contemporary artist Cai Guo-Qiang ignited gunpowder drawings for the NGV’s Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition. Opening 24 May. #NGV With thanks to Principal Partner @goldenagegroup
‘We adore chaos because we love to produce order.’ – M. C. Escher #NGVEXN