Essays

Read short-form essays by leading art curators and writers about key NGV works and exhibitions.

Bushido: Way of the Samurai

  The art and culture of the samurai encompasses more than 800 years of Japan’s history and creative past. From the twelfth century through to the Meiji Restoration and modernisation of Japan …  More

Paola Pivi: You started it … I finish it

Continuing a recent series of major commissions by leading international artists for Federation Court at NGV International, Paola Pivi’s You started it … I finish it is an installation encompassing eight life-size …  More

Art of the Table

    Introduction Porcelain plates, silver cutlery, sparkling glassware – a well-laid dining table is a work of art. The different forms and appearances of these familiar objects over the last 500 …  More

Three Perfections: Poetry, Calligraphy and Painting in Chinese Art

The exhibition Three Perfections: Poetry, Calligraphy and Painting in Chinese Art explores the interconnections between poetry, calligraphy and painting. In traditional China scholars and scholar-officials were cultivated in these arts as vehicles …  More

To see a world in a grain of sand: a closer look at the ‘Melbourne Blakes’

    Nature had not only painted there in all her hues But there the sweetness of a thousand scents Was blended in one fragrance strange and new. Dante Aligheri, The Divine …  More

Negoro lacquer: the refined beauty and rustic ambience of medieval Japan

Negoro refers to simple and elegant red lacquer objects that were produced during Japan’s medieval period, between the twelfth and seventeenth centuries. Embodying the ancient sense of Japanese beauty, the minimalistic forms …  More

Pedro Reyes: Disarm

Mexican artist Pedro Reyes in conversation with Louise Neri, Creative Associate for Visual Arts, Melbourne Festival, about the exhibition Pedro Reyes: Disarm, at NGV International 11 – 27 October 2013.   Louise …  More

Print Works: The Douglas Kagi Donation

The exhibition Print Works: The Douglas Kagi Donation celebrates the gift to the Gallery of a major collection of more than 350 prints by British, American and European artists. Dr Kagi’s gift, …  More