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Media release

21 May 2022

For immediate release

We are about to see “Guggenheim” in Melbourne!


NGV is branching out to a new contemporary gallery with a recent $100 million donation. It will be built by 2028 and expand Melbourne Arts Precinct with a new gallery and more exciting outdoor spaces.


New gallery building designed by award winning Angelo Candalepas and Associates was elected from a competition submission. Big team of architects, interior and landscape designers from ASPECT Studios Melbourne is working on a stunning building for gallery spaces, sculpture gardens outside, cafes, rooftop terrace with impressive views of the city and Yarra ranges. It will be a new space in the heart of Melbourne where everyone can immerse in captivating creative surroundings and unplug from the city for a moment. The Fox: NGV contemporary gallery will be a jewel of Melbourne Arts Precinct Transformation project.


NGV director Tony Ellwood highlights with massive gratitude Paula Fox`s dedication and support as NGV`s foundation board member through the last two decades.

“We`re greatly honoured to have Lindsey and Paula Fox as NGV`s allies and offer to name the building as a tribute to their generosity.


“We are excited to add more genius contemporary artworks to our collection, put in more spaces for art preservation, and establish authenticating laboratories in the new building,” Mr Ellwood said.


New gallery architecture is a reminiscence of ancient Greek structures. Visitors will be immersed in a large central spherical foyer that ascends upwards through all levels of the gallery. Imagine if we will have our own Guggenheim`s central spiral? Although, outside large arches and columns creates a unique look and structurally pleasing piece of architecture that balances the surrounding of Art Precinct. The sculpture park will be complemented with artworks from Australian artists. The competition will be announced in 2023, please keep up to date with NGV projects via Arts Hub and Arts Victoria.


The donation NGV received is the largest ever contribution in Australian art museum history. According to Australian Financial Review Lindsey Fox is 25th on the Rich List in 2021. Paula Fox has been on NGV`s foundation board for 20 years and the Fox family is a big supporter of arts.


Ms Paula Fox stated, “We believe in the impact of the incredible work of the gallery, which brings joy to our community through art and design. We hope that our donation will inspire others in supporting this program to make this an icon for the future.


“I am looking forward to spending time with my grandchildren in the sculpture park, enjoying the views at the rooftop terrace and seeing new art collections,” said Ms Fox.


The Melbourne Art Precinct Transformation project is a great contribution to art life and the multicultural soul of our city. We will be keeping everyone up to date with upcoming events and exhibitions through our website. Join our email list or become a member to stay tuned with special offers and information important to you.


For media enquiries, please contact: Sofya Marso – 0422809131,

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