MPavilion is an ongoing initiative of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation, supported by City of Melbourne, State Government of Victoria, through Creative Victoria and ANZ. Every year the Naomi Milgrom Foundation commissions an outstanding architect to design a temporary pavilion for the Queen Victoria Gardens, in the centre of Melbourne’s Southbank Arts Precinct, which are then gifted to the state of Victoria. 

A new civic space, a cultural laboratory and an event hub, each MPavilion brings creative collaborators together to present a free, four-month-long program of talks, workshops, performances and installations, and more, from October to February. MPavilion spotlights Melbourne as the creative and design capital of Australia, and with Melbourne as a world renowned leader in liveability, MPavilion continues to foster discussion and debate about the role design, architecture and culture have in creating a city that is liveable, creative and equitable.

Each MPavilion edition can be found in Melbourne at the following locations: 

_MPavilion 2014 designed by Sean Godsell of Sean Godsell Architects (Hellenic Museum). 
_MPavilion 2015 designed by Amanda Levete of AL_A (Docklands Park).
_MPavilion 2016 designed by Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai (Melbourne Zoo). 
_MPavilion 2017 designed by Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten of OMA (Monash University, Clayton). 
_MPavilion 2018 designed by Carme Pinós of Estudio Carme Pinós (TBC). 


Living Cities Forum

The annual Living Cities Forum is an initiative of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation, bringing together leading international architects, designers and urban thinkers to consider the factors that determine a healthy and vibrant city, at day-long events in Melbourne and Sydney. How do history, geography, climate and culture contribute to making a better city? What role can design professionals play in the city’s evolution? Past international speakers have included OMA’s managing partner David Gianotten (Rotterdam), celebrated architecture critic, author and curator Mimi Zeiger (Los Angeles), architect and founder of Mass Studies Minsuk Cho (Seoul), and head of Arup’s digital studio, digital designer, professor and urbanist Dan Hill (London).

 MPavilion 2019 by Glenn Murcutt AO

In 2019, MPavilion welcomes influential Australian architect Glenn Murcutt AO as its esteemed designer. Often referenced as Australia’s most famous architect, Murcutt is the only Australian recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize (2002), and is internationally recognised for environmentally sensitive and responsible designs with a distinctive Australian character. MPavilion 2019 will be open in the Queen Victoria Gardens, Southbank Arts Precinct, Melbourne, from 12 November 2019 to 15 March 2020, hosting a program of free events for the whole community. MPavilion is an ongoing initiative of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation, supported by City of Melbourne, State Government of Victoria, through Creative Victoria and ANZ. 

William Kentridge: That which we do not remember, Art Gallery of South Australia (2019)

That which we do not remember, an exhibition curated by the artist himself at the invitation of Naomi Milgrom AO, traces the arc of Kentridge’s thirty-year career and draws connections between the myriad aspects of his work including drawing, collage, stop-motion animation, performance, theatre, tapestry and sculpture.

Lauded by critics and visitors alike during its premiere at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, William Kentridge: That which we do not remember features loans from the artist’s studio and from the collection of Naomi Milgrom AO. Ingeniously installed as a series of intimate encounters, the exhibition has been designed by Sabine Theunissen, who has worked with Kentridge since 2005.

William Kentridge: That which we do not remember, Art Gallery of New South Wales (2018-2019)

The Art Gallery of New South Wales approached Milgrom regarding the possibility of borrowing her extensive collection of William Kentridge works to feature with a Kentridge video work I am not me the Horse is not mine recently donated to the Gallery.

Kentridge was invited by Milgrom to curate the exhibition That which we do not remember. A major production lead by Kentridge and his team, Milgrom has helped produce the exhibition, Kentridge is the curator, and Sabine Theunissen is the exhibition designer. The Naomi Milgrom Foundation is the principal partner and has also published a book dedicated to the exhibition.

The Head and the Load: William Kentridge, Tate Modern (2018)

Given Milgrom’s interest in William Kentridge she was invited by the Tate to support Kentridge’s hugely ambitious performance in the Tate Modern's Turbine Hall and corresponding exhibition in July 2018. Entitled The Head and the Load, the exhibition is a major highlight of the Tate's First World War centenary art commissions.  The Naomi Milgrom Foundation is one of its cornerstone donors.

My Horizon Tracey Moffatt, Venice Biennale (2017)

The Australian Pavilion at the Biennale Arte 2017 presented MY HORIZON, a solo exhibition by Tracey Moffatt at the Venice Biennale. Australia’s commissioner of the 2017 Venice Biennale was Naomi Milgrom, AO, working with Curator Natalie King. 

Evoking tantalising, open-ended narratives, MY HORIZON comprises two new series of large-scale photographs, Body Remembersand Passage, and two new video works, Vigil and The White Ghosts Sailed In, which use carefully constructed scenarios while drawing upon inspirations as diverse as television news reports, poetry, Surrealist painting, documentary photography, Hollywood cinema and the artist’s personal memories.

Manifesto Julian Rosefeldt, ACMI & AGNSW (2015)

Manifesto, starring Australian actor Cate Blanchett, debuted at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) in 2015. Seeking to question the role of the artist in contemporary society, this Blanchett inhabit thirteen separate personas, drawing on seminal texts within contemporary artists and art-forms, such as Claes Oldenburg, Yvonne Rainer, Kazimir Malevich, André Breton, Elaine Sturtevant, Sol LeWitt, Jim Jarmusch, among others. 

David Bowie Is... (2015)

Seen by over 1 million people worldwide at sell-out shows in London, Chicago, Sao Paolo, Paris, and Berlin, the Naomi Milgrom Foundation supported the ACMI exclusive, David Bowie is fresh from London’s Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A). The exhibition celebrated one of the most influential artists in music, film and video, fashion and performance in this groundbreaking exhibition at its only Australasian venue.

Walter Van Beirendonck: Dream the World Awake, RMIT Design Hub (2013)

The Naomi Milgrom Foundation was proud to bring Walter Van Beirendonck: Dream the World Awake to Melbourne's RMIT Design Hub, following the Antwerp Fashion Museum's inaugural retrospective exhibition of the Belgian designer in 2011. This was the first major international exhibition to be staged at the Design Hub, with Van Beirendonck launching the exhibition alongside the director of London's Tate Modern, Chris Dercon.