Old art, new spin: flipping a gallery space on its head

I like the sleepiest room at the NGV. It’s the Schaeffer Gallery: the one with the red walls and all the very painterly paintings of the 19th-Century variety. The room that most of my friends skip, that they’d describe as ‘Traditional’ (yes, with the capital); the one that has literally nothing new about it.

The John Schaeffer Gallery, 2018. Photo: NGV

“It’s slow where we’re used to instant, snappy and fleeting. It’s quiet, but we’re so used to everything being loud.”

NGV Triennial 2020 installation view of ‘Salon et Lumière’. Photo: Tom Ross, NGV



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