Over the last month we have been bringing you details as we have found them on the KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness Exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria International, Australia. Opening this coming Friday 20th September, we have put together as many details on the opening of this Exhibition and the surrounding events taking place along with the release of KAWS: GONE!
KAWS: GONE RELEASE DETAILS
Most of the interest, if we are being honest, is with the release of the KAWS:GONE figure. We have so far only seen two designs of GONE, we would expect to see a third with the Blue BFF. As we know they’ll be dropping at the NGV International physical location on Friday 20th September at 10am AEST (Australian EST). They’ll also drop online at the NGV Design Store HERE at 10am AEST (1am BST (8pm EST on Thurs 19th Sept)).
TALK: KAWS & COMPANIONSHIP
Exhibition curator Dr Simon Maidment introduces audiences to Brian Donnelly aka KAWS, and considers how his work explores our need for companionship.
This is a free talk in Federation Court. Booking is not required.
Talks will take place at the following times at NGV International, Federation Court, Ground Level.
Sat 21 Sep, 12–12.15pm
Sat 21 Sep, 12.30–12.45pm
Sat 21 Sep, 1–1.15pm
Sun 22 Sep, 11–11.15am
Sun 22 Sep, 11.30–11.45am
Sun 22 Sep, 12–12.15pm
Starring KAWS’s character BFF, KAWS: PLAYTIME is a rich sensory experience welcoming kids and families into BFF’s world. Young visitors are invited to nestle into cosy nooks, explore and play.
This is a FREE event at NGV International. Runs from 20th Sept through to 13th April 2020. Opens daily (10am-5pm).
NGV x KAWS at Chadstone
As proud major partner of the NGV, Chadstone celebrates KAWS in Melbourne with three pop-up experiences coinciding with the exhibition opening.
Step inside the world of KAWS at Chadstone and discover more about the artist including his cast of hybrid cartoon and human characters. Create your own unique video portrait with a multimedia interactive that encourages visitors of all ages to play with different features of KAWS’ BFF character. Located Ground Level, in the Luxury Precinct.
KAWS for Kids
Enjoy free KAWS activities presented by NGV. Kids can take home their own pop-up activity with a special set of alphabet stickers drawn by the artist. Young visitors are also invited to get creative with a sketching activity inspired by the artist’s sculptures of his characters that are filled with human emotion and connect to the importance of friendship. Located Lower Ground Level, outside Target.
NGV Design Store
Visit NGV design store for the first time at Chadstone with a special retail pop-up open 21 Sep – 6 Oct. Shop a collection of design wares designed and made exclusively for the NGV including a curated selection of KAWS releases for the NGV exhibition KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness. Located Ground Level, outside Mecca Cosmetica.
Sign up to become a Chadstone First Member to receive a complimentary BFF Cocktail or Mocktail.*
Located Ground Level, in the Luxury Precinct.
Zesty citrus infused vodka & orange liqueur, fresh cranberry juice and a hint of lime citrus.
Non-alcoholic grove distillate, paired with elderflower cordial, bitter grapefruit oil and verjuice
Join Chadstone on Saturday nights with your ‘BFF’
6pm – 8pm
Saturday, 21 September
Saturday, 28 September
Saturday, 5 October
This summer season, UT has joined with KAWS to bring his sculptures to life. Shop the UNIQLO KAWS:SUMMER UT Collection at NGV design store and UNIQLO from Friday 20 September.
KAWS ART PARTY AT NGV
Be part of the NGV teen takeover these school holidays at Art Party with the chance to spend a night surrounded by art and design, meet like-minded people and be one of the first to see KAWS: Companionship in The Age of Loneliness during the opening weekend.
Ages 13 – 17 years, and 18 years with valid secondary school ID.
Tickets will also include exclusive after-hours access to NGV blockbuster exhibitions Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortalityand Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient Landscape, games and live performances by Haiku Hands and DJ Slymewave.
Haiku Hands – individually bossy and collectively strong. This interstate collective has established their presence with the tongue in cheek, rave-inspired Not About You which was ’undeniably one of the best Australian debuts of the year’ (Purple Sneakers). RingleadersBeatrice Lewis, Claire Nakazawa and Mie Nakazawa curate Haiku Hands, collaborating with some of Australia’s finest to present an energising live experience.
DJ Slymewave aka Joanna Syme from Big Scary will bring the good times. Championing the current indies, getting cheesy with some RnB, or making you move with the heroes of soul.
Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality & Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient Landscape
In a dual presentation of Chinese art and culture past and present, the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series at the National Gallery of Victoria presents China’s ancient terracotta warriors alongside a display of new works by one of the world’s most exciting contemporary artists, Cai Guo-Qiang.