NGV's Melbourne Winter Masterpieces® 2024: Pharaoh

Opening at NGV in 2024: Pharaoh

Next winter, celebrate three thousand years of ancient Egyptian art and culture. The 2024 Melbourne Winter Masterpieces® exhibition explores the fascinating lives, myths and images of ancient Egypt’s all-powerful kings with over 500 exquisite works of art, design and architecture.

A collaboration between the @britishmuseum and the National Gallery of Victoria.

UK Production:
Director/ Dop: James Maiki
2nd Cam op: Chris Hart
Sound: Sean Simpson


Qualities of light and the cycle of day to night inform British artist and designer Faye Toogood’s reimagining of the NGV’s seventeenth-century Flemish, Dutch and British galleries, under the title Downtime: Daylight, Candlelight, Moonlight. Toogood plunges us deep into a period sensibility – which witnessed the birth of capitalism and the Enlightenment – using her designs and artworks in dialogue with a selection of works from the NGV Collection.

Toogood has designed three spaces, each alluding to the qualities of light present in the historical artworks. Daylight creates a dialogue between landscape and still-life paintings by artists of the seventeenth century, Toogood’s crystal furniture and her monumental Day tapestry, which features an assemblage of flora and agricultural produce tumbling against a backdrop of land and sky.

Candlelight captures the lighting qualities seen in the portraiture by Rembrandt, de Vries and Hanneman. Toogood’s hand-painted wall scenography informs a surreal, salon-style interior, quickly sketched, as if in a dream state.

Her Family bust sculptures conceived at the meeting point of abstraction and figuration, occupy centre stage. Moonlight brings Toogood’s Downtime installation to a luminous and reflective close. Dissolving into darkness, Night tapestry acts as a melancholic backdrop to her furniture and lighting designs, alongside seventeenth-century silverware, furniture and prints.

UK Production:
Director/ Dop: James Maiki

© James Maiki