Melbourne Art Book Fair, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Melbourne Art Book Fair is back at NGV International for the second year after a very successful event in 2015 when 16,000 people attended.

Melbourne Art Book Fair, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Tonight was a very busy preview session before the main event this Saturday and Sunday. 

Melbourne Art Book Fair, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Melbourne Art Book Fair is a free event featuring book launches, talks and performances. The Great Hall has been transformed with a stunning large scale installation by Thai artist Wit PimkanchanapongDurian is an architecturally-designed awning made from over one kilometre of paper, over 1,200 pairs of bamboo chopsticks and 3D printed clips. It stretches over fifty metres long!

Melbourne Art Book Fair, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Melbourne Art Book Fair, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Just for this weekend Wit has also created an interactive artwork especially where children are invited to add folded paper sheets to create a colourful communal canopy.

Melbourne Art Book Fair, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Underneath the canopy are 60 stalls filled with limited art editions, artists’ books, independent publications, merchandise and collectables.

Melbourne Art Book Fair, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Melbourne Art Book Fair, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Melbourne Art Book Fair, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

You’ll find rare art books requiring white glove handling to zines to children’s books.

Melbourne Art Book Fair, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Melbourne Art Book Fair, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

There’s even a stall making books on demand thanks to artist Adam Cruikshank!

Melbourne Art Book Fair, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

My purchases included a little zine called Tokyo Diary by Japanese publishers Commune and then I went crazy at the stand by Italian publishing house and art gallery Corraini Edizioni with their range of whimsical and beautifully illustrated children’s books (they are also offering 10% off all titles at the fair).

Melbourne Art Book Fair, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Other event highlights include a book signing with Bill Henson, a keynote address by Berlin’s Sternberg Press and a lesson about apostrophes with The Good Copy. Plus after your book browsing you can enjoy food by Tivoli Road Bakery, Biggie Smalls and a drink from the pop-up Asahi bar.

If you love books, design and art then the Melbourne Art Book Fair is the place to be this weekend. Happy shopping!


 

Melbourne Art Book FairNGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Saturday 30 April 10am–8pm

Sunday 1 May 10am–5pm

Free entry