From what is truly an unbelievable exhibition to the perfectly matched dinner, this summer the NGV has created a true celebration of Melbourne’s return.

Triennial EXTRA, the NGV’s free late-night festival, returns in 2021 featuring a program stacked with live performances, DJs, dance, food, pop-up bars, and after-hours access to the NGV Triennial exhibition, running nightly until 14 February.

Award-winning Melbourne chef Adam D’Sylva will transform the NGV’s Garden Restaurant and new outdoor dining space into a pop-up restaurant exclusively for Triennial EXTRA. Open for lunch and dinner daily, the restaurant presents an exciting and accessible menu of shared plates, inspired by D’Sylva’s popular modern Indian eatery Tonka.

Tony Ellwood AM, Director, NGV, said “Triennial EXTRA will champion the best of Melbourne’s art, music and dining during a time when Melburnians are looking to reconnect with our city’s creative talents. Newly commissioned works by local performers responding to the NGV Triennial will present the exhibition in a new light throughout the late-night season.”

The exhibition xplores some of the most globally relevant and pressing issues of our time, including isolation, representation, and speculation on the future, the NGV Triennial will present a large-scale exhibition of international contemporary art, design, and architecture.

Featuring 86 projects by more than 100 artists, designers and collectives from more than 30 countries, the exhibition offers a visually arresting and thought-provoking view of the world at this unique moment.

Featuring works by Aïda Muluneh (Ethiopia) Alicja Kwade (Germany), Cerith Wyn Evans (Wales), Dhambit Mununggurr (Australia), Faye Toogood (England), Fred Wilson (USA), Hannah Brontë (Australia), Jeff Koons (USA), JR (France), Kengo Kuma (Japan), Liam Young (Australia), Misaki Kawai (Japan), Patricia Urquiola (Spain), Porky Hefer (South Africa) and Refik Anadol (Turkey), the NGV Triennial includes more than 30 major new world-premiere works especially commissioned by the NGV for this exhibition.

Along with the Tonka pop-up restaurant, NGV diners have the opportunity to sample a limited-edition pastry exclusively created for NGV’s Tea Room by iconic Melbourne patisserie Lune Croissanterie in celebration of the NGV Triennial and capturing the organic nature of Makiko Ryujin and Michael Gittings’ NGV Triennial work Saṃsāra 2020.

All night guests can enjoy unique dining offerings in the Garden, Forecourt café and Tea Room which will host a Yering Station Wine Bar with a food menu designed to pair with the Yering Station wines. A wide range of drink experiences will be on offer during the festival including Asahi brew and Yering Station wines in the Garden and a pop-up Asahi Bar in the Great Hall.

Students from the Victoria College of the Arts have responded to artworks within the exhibition to create a series of moving performances, with thanks to Research Partner of the Triennial, The University of Melbourne. Major Partner, Clemenger BBDO supports Triennial EXTRA in a partnership that invites all the people of Melbourne to help it celebrate its 75th anniversary.

Clemenger BBDO champions Triennial EXTRA and NGV Triennial in its belief that creativity is always the answer. The NGV also sincerely thanks Neville and Diana Bertalli for their generous support of Triennial EXTRA.

Triennial EXTRA runs 15 January – 14 February 2021 and NGV Triennial runs until 18 April 2021 at NGV International, St Kilda Road, Melbourne. Free entry, booking required. Further information is available via the NGV website.