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KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness Exhibition Ticket (NGV, Melbourne)

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What To Expect

  • Catch the latest works of one of the most prominent and prolific artists of this generation: KAWS

  • Explore the exhibition's main themes: public interventions, iconography, companionship, and order and chaos

  • See how KAWS combats the 'Age of Loneliness’ through his cast of hybrid cartoons and human characters

  • Celebrate generosity, support for others, and human's innate need for companionship during your visit


KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness

The world's hottest artist: KAWS, has landed in NGV in September 2019, bringing his newest exhibition named "KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness" which will be open to public until April 13, 2020.

Brian Donnelly (born 1974), aka KAWS, is one of the most prominent and prolific artists of his generation. His body of work straddles the worlds of art, fashion and design to include paintings, murals, large-scale sculptures, street and public art, and fashion, graphic and product design. His work is infused with humour, humanity and affection for our times. Admired for his larger-than-life sculptures and colour-filled paintings, KAWS’s cast of hybrid cartoon and human characters are drawn from pop-culture animations and form a distinctive artistic vocabulary.

The exhibition title KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness foregrounds the emotional content of the artist’s work. Through his works KAWS celebrates generosity, support for others and the deep need we have for companionship. KAWS represents someone who is very much of our time in terms of working across contexts and in hybrid and collaborative ways, and his work presents an antidote or rejoinder to the increasingly toxic nature of public discourse and social media, and division within and across societies. He reminds us we need one another and that life should be lived as compassionately as possible to combat this ‘Age of Loneliness’, in the face of fear and hatred.

KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness is a major contribution to the growing international reputation of this contemporary artist. It follows KAWS’s recent solo presentations at Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (2016), the Yuz Museum Shanghai and the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2017) and the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Foundation (2019). This exhibition introduces audiences to the full range of KAWS’s artistic output, including a newly commissioned monumental sculpture (his largest bronze sculpture to date), paintings reworking pop-culture figures and an impressive collection of human-scale sculptural figures. KAWS’s collaborations with other artists will be explored in the exhibition and those with major brands on display in the dedicated pop-up shop along with his own products.

An accompanying publication, available from December 2019, features a situating essay by exhibition curator Dr Simon Maidment and a specially commissioned essay by renowned Canadian author Margaret Atwood. The book documents KAWS’s artistic practice across his whole career and incorporates installation documentation of the NGV exhibition.


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About Venue

National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)


NGV is located in Melbourne, which is Australia's second largest city and known as the "Cultural Capital of Australia". NGV is the largest art gallery in Australia with world-leading exhibitions and collections.


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  • 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3006, Australia


How To Get There

  • By tram: Take 1, 3, 3a, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67, or 72. Get off at the Arts Precinct, Stop 14

  • By train: Get off at the Flinders Street Station and walk across the bridge past the Victorian Arts Centre

  • By car: Parking is available in the Victorian Arts Centre car park located beneath NGV International. Enter from Sturt Street, Southbank, accessed from St. Kilda Road/Southbank Boulevard and lexandra Avenue/City Road

  • By taxi: A taxi rank is located outside Flinders Street Station on St. Kilda Rd

Tickes Collection

  1. Electronic tickets. After your order being confirmed, it will be sent to you via email.

  2. If you do not receive the email for a long while, please contact our customer services in time.

  3. The ticket needn't to be printed, just present the e-voucher on your phone to entry.

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  1. Open time: 10am - 5pm

  2. Last entry: 4:00pm

  3. The ticket is valid on the day of the collection. Due to the particularity of the exhibition, depending on the number of visitors on the day, you may need to wait in line to enter the venue.

  4. In addition to the "KAWS: Companions of the Lonely Age" exhibition, there are many free venues in the NGV that are worth visiting. You can choose to visit freely, or you can choose to have a deeper understanding under the staff of the museum.

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