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Take your favourite movie to NGV and watch it in the gallery

Written by
Ben Neutze

If you can't catch a quiet break at home to take in a movie, the National Gallery of Victoria is inviting you to bring your DVD, VHS or even USB, and kick back in the gallery. With a rug, a big, comfy couch and decent screen, it's a pretty relaxing lounge room set-up – assuming you can ignore the other gallery visitors quietly milling around and taking in the art (and potentially watching your movie or staring right at you). The gallery will even provide some free snacks for you to much on.

The lounge room is part of Israeli artist Einat Amir's Coming soon near you, an artwork that sees visitors become an element in the work itself. The usually private act of watching a movie in your own home here becomes a "public spectacle" as regular folk doing regular things are exhibited in the gallery. The work premiered in Texas in 2011 and is in Melbourne as part of the NGV Triennial

There are sessions available at 10.30am and 2pm every day until April 15, all you have to do is book in on the NGV website and let them know what you'll be bringing along with you.

What you watch is entirely up to you: you're welcome to bring a movie, a TV show or even a home movie (when we visited, some teenagers were watching 2006 bro comedy The Benchwarmers). It just has to be less than two hours and suitable for general audiences. So Frozen: great, The Human Centipede: no thanks.

See our picks of the ten must-see art works at the NGV Triennial.

Check out our hit list of the best art to see this month in Melbourne.

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