They say Melbourne is Australia's cultural capital, and with a scintillating blockbuster exhibition just announced, it's safe to say that title isn't going anywhere. Ros Brennan gives us the low-down on the hottest art announcement of 2017 

The National Gallery of Victoria has just announced a landmark new exhibition series: NGV Triennial, bringing the creative prowess of more than 60 artists from over 30 countries to Australia's eastern seaboard this summer.

Described as 'the most ambitious exhibition in the Gallery's history', the free exhibition will occur every three years and will traverse all four levels of NGV International, with the inaugural exhibitors including heavyweights Yayoi Kusuma, Ben Quilty, Ron Mueck, Richard Mosse and Guo Pei.

In a bold move for the NGV, the exhibition marks the first time a major state gallery has fused art, architecture and design under the one hood; another string in the curatorial bow for Director Tony Elwood, known for his ambition programming attracting Melbournians in droves. He explained that having a conversation between these three complementary disciplines is "an even more contemporary way of reflecting what our creative community is doing around the globe."

Twenty new works have been commissioned for the Triennial, from 3D printing and robotics, to performance, film, painting, drawing, fashion design, tapestry and sculpture, displaying the stunning ingenuity and ambitious approaches to creativity across cultures and continents.

With such a brilliant and vast array of the world's artistic heroes on the bill, a weekender to the city of laneways and excellent coffee is well in order, NGV Triennial opens on 15 December 2017.

Melbourne’s NGV unveils a mammoth triennial of art, architecture and design