The Fox family makes a $100 million donation to the National Gallery of Victoria

one of Victoria‘s richest family has donated a whopping $100 million for the construction of the new National Gallery of the Victorian building.

Lindsay Fox AC and Paula Fox AO have made donations to celebrate their 85th birthday, marking the largest cultural gift for a capital program ever made to an Australian art museum by a living donor.

In return, the new building will be named The Fox: NGV Contemporary after the trucking magnate, who founded major Australian logistics company Lindsay Fox.

Lindsay Fox AC and Paula Fox AO announce the Fox Family’s $100 million pledge for NGV Contemporary at the National Gallery of Victoria on April 19, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Kim Landy/Getty Images for NGV) (Getty Images for NGV)

The donation is far from the first time the Fox family has contributed to NGV.

Mr Fox told 9News that this latest contribution was his wife’s idea.

“He said I wanted money for the gallery.. then he said how much.. but it was too late.. I already signed the check,” he joked.

Mrs Fox said her husband didn’t hesitate when he asked him to make a donation.

“How can I say no after 62 years of marriage?” said Mr. Fox.

Ms Fox, who is on the gallery’s board, said the building would “add so much to Victoria”.

“We do love the state. And I think it’s beautiful to give back,” he said.

Design for the new NGV Contemporary building. (Nine)

The building will stand at 77 Southbank Boulevard in Southbank and will house local, national and international contemporary art, design, fashion and architecture across 13,000 square meters as part of the revamped Melbourne Arts Precinct.

Creative Industries Minister Danny Pearson said the donation was a “tremendous gift to the Victorian people”.

Construction of the building will begin later this year and be completed in 2028.

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The government has not disclosed the total cost of the new gallery, but has set aside $1.7 billion for work across the art district.

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