The National Gallery of Australia celebrates 25 years
Sunday 14 October 1–5 pm
Introduction | Open day events | Exhibitions | New acquisitions | Gift program |
National Indigenous Art Triennial Events
Harry Garlick The drover 1910 oil on canvas board Collection of the National Gallery of Australia
Richard Bell 'Australian Art It's An Aboriginal thing' 2006 synthetic polymer paint on canvas acquired 2006 TarraWarra Museum of Art collection
Tim Horn 'Glass slipper (Ugly Blister)' 2001sculpture, lead crystal, nickel-plated bronze, Easter egg foil, silicon
To mark the 25th anniversary of the National Gallery of Australia, three major exhibitions have been put together to celebrate the rich history and diversity of art in Australia.
Ocean to Outback Australian landscape paintings 1850–1950
To mark the 25th anniversary of the National Gallery of Australia, an exhibition of treasured works from the National Collection. Ocean to Outback: Australian Landscape Painting 1850–1950 has been curated by National Gallery Director, Ron Radford AM and celebrates the rich history of landscape painting in Australia.
The exhibition documents the most dynamic century of landscape painting from the colonial 1850s to the immediate period following World War II. Over this century, landscape painting was the “great” subject of Australian art, a theme that reflected the changing nature of a nation’s identity. Landscape subjects also became popular with the general public as Australians began to visit their own museums and galleries to see images of their country. The fascination and love of the Australian landscape continues to this day.
Ocean to Outback reflects the great strengths of the National Collection and includes works taken from the permanent display, others restored and reframed in period style, a number of new acquisitions, and some works that have never been shown before.
The inaugural National Indigenous Art Triennial will present the work of thirty artists from each state and territory in Australia. The Triennial demonstrates the incredible range of contemporary Indigenous art practice and is the largest survey show of Indigenous art at the Gallery in more than fifteen years, featuring up to four works by each artist created during the past three years in a variety of media, including painting on bark and canvas, sculpture, textiles, weaving, new media, photomedia, printmaking and installation. The works selected not only create an exhibition of outstanding quality but are also ultimately important acquisitions for the national collection.
National Gallery of Australia
13 October 2007 – 10 February 2008
Andy and Oz: parallel visions
As part of the National Gallery’s 25th anniversary celebrations a special exhibition of Australian art will be shown at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, USA. The exhibition will focus on the work of prominent Australian artists whose art has affinities and correspondences with the renowned American artist Andy Warhol.
The Australian artists cross several generations and include works from the late 1960s through to the present. The artists, selected in a collaboration between Tom Sokolowski, Director of the Andy Warhol Museum, and Deborah Hart, Senior Curator, Australian art, National Gallery of Australia, include: Martin Sharp, Richard Larter, Robert Rooney, Tracey Moffatt, Juan Davila, Fiona Hall, Tim Horn, Christian Thompson and Liu Xiao Xian. The works in the exhibition include paintings, screenprints, digital prints, photography, sculpture and video.