The Victorian Government and National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) announced today a donation by Lindsay Fox AC and Paula Fox AO of $100 million towards NGV Contemporary – the largest cultural gift for a capital program ever made to an Australian art museum by a living donor.
The gift towards NGV Contemporary coincides with the 85th birthday of Fox and is offered in recognition of NGV Contemporary’s important role in enriching the cultural and civic lives of all Victorians. This unprecedented act of philanthropy reflects the Fox family’s long-held commitment to uplifting the Victorian community through their wide-ranging philanthropic giving and fundraising. In recognition of the contribution, the NGV Contemporary will be named The Fox: NGV Contemporary.
The Fox family have been valued supporters of the NGV for almost 20 years and have generously contributed to many significant acquisitions of major works of art and design, with a focus on both historic and contemporary international art and Indigenous Australian art. In addition to their support of the NGV Collection, the family have also made generous contributions towards the presentation of the popular NGV Kids exhibitions, reflecting their passionate support of initiatives for children and families.
Located at 77 Southbank Boulevard, Melbourne, The Fox: NGV Contemporary will be designed by Angelo Candalepas and a team of 20 leading architecture, design and engineering firms from around Victoria and Australia. This new 30,000 square metre Victorian landmark will celebrate the central role of art and design in contemporary life and features dramatic arched entries, a spherical hall, state-of-the art exhibition galleries and an expansive rooftop terrace with stunning vistas of Melbourne.
The Fox: NGV Contemporary is the centrepiece of the Victorian Government’s $1.7 billion Melbourne Arts Precinct Transformation. It will unify the surrounding Melbourne Arts Precinct with pathways through the building that connect the new public parklands to Southbank, and will strengthen the NGV’s reputation for promoting local and international art and design at its major pre-existing galleries – NGV International on St Kilda Road and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square.