NGV Triennial: Yayoi Kusama and teamLab

14 September 2017


Sector: Society and Culture

Country location: Australia

Grantee: National Gallery of Victoria


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Yayoi Kusama, Flower obsession 2016-17 (in progress). Commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Credit: Courtesy of the artist and OTA Fine Arts, Tokyo and Singapore

Project description

The inaugural NGV Triennial will open from 15 December 2017 – 15 April 2018 at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) International, Melbourne.  Featuring the work of 78 artists and designers from 32 countries, the NGV Triennial will be a free exhibition and celebration of contemporary art and design practice from around the world.

On the occasion of the first NGV Triennial, there is a special link with Japan through prolific Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama who has created a new artwork entitled Flower Obsession 2016–17.  The installation recreates a furnished living space that visitors are invited to cover using specially-designed 2-D and 3-D flower stickers, gradually covering all of the surfaces and ‘obliterating’ them.  This unique participatory work for all ages invites visitors to enter the world of Kusama and has been acquired for the NGV Collection.

The exhibition will also see Japanese artist collective teamLab premiere a new interactive and fully immersive digital installation entitled Vortex Mirror 2016–17.  This work will transform the gallery space into an enveloping environment of swirling illumination, responding as water would to human presence and movement.  Commissioned by the NGV, Vortex Mirror extends teamLab’s explorations into the digitisation of natural phenomenon, inspiring a sense of awe and wonderment in the viewer. 

Key dates:

  • NGV Triennial Exhibition, NGV International, 15 December 2017 to 15 April 2018
  • Yayoi Kusama's Flower Obsession will be a key feature during the NGV’s annual Kids Summer Festival, NGV International, 8 to 14 January 2018

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Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $22,000.00 (GST inclusive)

Total project value: $508,000.00



Last Updated: 21 September 2017