Evocative reimagining of the Parthenon coming to National Gallery of Victoria

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An evocative reimagining of the Parthenon on the Acropolis in Athens, by Australian architects Adam Newman and Kelvin Tsang, will be on display from 16 November 2022 in Melbourne.

The work titled Temple of Boom, is the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) Architecture Commission for 2022, an annual series that invites Australian architects to create a work of site-specific, ephemeral architecture for the NGV Garden.

Render of 2022 NGV Architecture Commission Temple of Boom 2022 by Adam Newman and Kelvin Tsang. Courtesy of Adam Newman and Kelvin Tsang.

The Temple of Boom celebrates interpretations of the Parthenon as a global architectural icon that is an apex symbol of Western civilisation, democracy and perfection.

Newman and Tsang’s reimagination envisions the Parthenon as a contemporary meeting place for the community and an outdoor venue for a diverse program of NVG-curated performances, programs and live music across the summer period.

Minister for Creative Industries, Steve Dimopoulos MP, described the work as “a subject close to my own heart”, going on to say that the Temple of Boom “reimagines an ancient Greek icon while celebrating all things Melbourne – architecture, art and music.”

“It offers a place for the whole community to meet, connect, reflect – and even dance, while showcasing Victorian design excellence,” he concluded.

The NGV Architecture Commission 2022: Temple of Boom will be on display from 16 November 2022 at NGV International, St Kilda Road, Melbourne. Free entry. Further information is available via the NGV website.

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