The National Gallery of Victoria will open its doors for a free exhibition showcasing the best in contemporary art and design from around the world.
Visitors can see works by international superstars like American artist Jeff Koons and French photographer JR when the NGV Triennial opens on Saturday.
The show also features locals such as the Melbourne-based Sibling Architecture and photographer Atong Atem, as well as striking bark paintings by Yolngu artist Dhambit Mununggurr.
Accompanying activities include outdoor dining and music, a specially curated kids exhibition by Los-Angeles based Japanese artist Misaki Kawai, the NGV Kids Summer Festival and an NGV Kids on Tour program in regional Victoria.
NGV director Tony Ellwood encouraged people to book in for the exhibition online, as the gallery would be capped at about 5000 people per day – half its normal capacity.
Mr Ellwood said the NGV Triennial, showcased on every floor of the gallery, was designed to be as inclusive as possible and “fair in the way it reflects the world today”.
“I’m incredibly proud of the staff who’ve had to work in remote and unprecedented ways to make sure we didn’t compromise and to achieve an outstanding result,” he told reporters on Thursday.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the exhibition would be a drawcard and support jobs as the state began to rebuild following the coronavirus lockdown.
“There couldn’t be a better way to welcome Victorians back to the NGV – the people’s gallery – than with the spectacular second NGV Triennial,” Mr Andrews said in a statement.
The NGV Triennial attracted 1.23 million attendees when first held in 2017 – the most attended exhibition in the gallery’s history.
This edition will run until April 18.