The NGV’s annual Melbourne Art Book Fair opens tonight and runs until Sunday!
The Fair will see NGV International transformed into a bazaar of over 60 stalls touting books, art, merchandise and collectables. The weekend-long event will also feature a dynamic program of free talks, book launches and performances, including an exclusive keynote address by Sternberg Press, a leading independent publisher from Berlin, Germany.
Draped over the stalls like a geometric canopy, Thai artist Wit Pimkanchanapong’s Durian is an architecturally-designed awning made from over one kilometre of paper, over 1,200 pairs of bamboo chopsticks and 3D printed clips. This site-specific installation is his largest to date, spanning over fifty metres long, and has been commissioned exclusively by the NGV.
Among the highlights includes a recently-announced book signing by renowned Australian photographer Bill Henson. In a rare in-person event, Henson will sign copies of his new publication Particle Mist, which draws together works from three of Bill Henson’s earliest photographic series: Untitled 1974, Untitled 1975 with additional previously unseen photographs from an unfinished work begun in 1976.
Inaugurated last year, the Melbourne Art Book Fair saw over 16,000 visitors over a single weekend.
To view the full 2016 Melbourne Art Book Fair program, visit www.ngvartbookfair.com.