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What's On At The NGV

  • Where: NGV Melbourne 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, VIC 3006 AU
  • When: 12th May, 2016, 10:00 AM - 31st July, 2016, 5:00 PM
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  • Event Type: Exhibitions
  • Website: http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/
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Mother’s in town – one of the world’s most iconic paintings, Whistler’s Mother by James McNeill Whistler, is on display at NGV International now. The painting, which is regarded as a potent symbol of motherhood, has become a popular subject for parodies in the Mr Bean movie and the Simpsons.

Whistler’s Mother marks the first time that this large and imposing artwork has been exhibited in Australia, offering a unique opportunity for audiences to see a true masterpiece here in Melbourne.

This focused exhibition takes viewers on a journey through the history of the work, uncovering the life and career of Whistler; the life of the sitter, Anna Whistler; the artwork’s volatile reception; its conservation story; the influences that informed its production; and, its until now unexplored Australian connections, before viewers encounter the painting in a dedicated room.


200 Years of Australian Fashion at NGV Australia is on now at NGV Australia. The first major survey of Australian fashion presents more than 120 works from over 90 designers and celebrating Australia’s unique voice in the fashion industry.

Alongside works by contemporary designers, such as Akira, Richard Nylon, Ellery and Toni Maticevski, the exhibition will showcase standout designs from the last 200 years including Australia’s earliest known surviving dress (c1805), a glamorous 1950s blue feathered ball gown by Collins Street salon La Petite (pictured), and a dress from Collette Dinnigan’s ground-breaking 1995 Paris runway show, where she became the first Australian designer invited to show on-schedule at Paris Fashion Week.

The next Melbourne Winter Masterpieces is on at NGV International from June.

The world premiere exhibition Degas: A New Vision will display the biggest collection of Degas works ever seen in Australia, with more than 200 pieces which reveal the artist’s talent in a new light; not only as a great master of painting, but also as a master of drawing, printmaking, sculpture and photography.



Visitors can also see the exhibition after-hours and hear from bands like Augie March, Clare Bowditch and The Grates as part of the Friday Nights at NGV music and art series.

For tickets and more information, click here!

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