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Robinson Retrospective opens at National Gallery of Australia

The first major retrospective of the work of William Robinson opens at the National Gallery of Australia on 14 December 2001.

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The Italians - three centuries of Italian art

The Director of the National Gallery of Australia, Dr Brian Kennedy, is delighted to announce The Italians: Three Centuries of Italian Art, a most exciting exhibition of the very best of Italian art from distinguished museums, galleries and private collections.

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Galleries announce joint purchase

The National Gallery of Australia and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery have jointly purchased John Glover's Mount Wellington and Hobart Town from Kangaroo Point 1831-33.

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Academy of The Humanities annual dinner

Dr Brian Kennedy
Director
National Gallery of Australia
12 November 2001

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New Senior Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Art

The Director of the National Gallery of Australia, Dr Brian Kennedy, has announced the appointment of Ms Brenda Croft as the new Senior Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Art.

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The Arts! Who Gives a Rats?

Address to the Canberra Business Council Dinner
Dr Brian Kennedy
Thursday 8 November 2001

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Discussion of National Gallery of Australia enhancement

Interview with Dr Brian Kennedy
ABC 666 2CN
30 August 2001
Compere: Louise Maher

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Tim Winton book reading

'Mr Winton's prose is irresistible' New York Times Book Review

Tim Winton was awarded the Australia Day Achievement Award for Literature in 1999. He was voted 'Australia's Favourite Author' by Dymocks Booksellers' customers nationwide, and also voted one of Australia's 'National Living Treasures' by the Australian public.

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National Gallery of Australia 19th birthday celebrations
Lecture by Peter Carey

In the year of the Centenary of Federation, the National Gallery presents a unique celebration of Australian literature, music and art.

Author, Peter Carey, and composer, Peter Sculthorpe were special guests for the National Gallery of Australia's 19th Birthday celebrations.

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Winter as Frida Kahlo

Exclusive Canberra season
Opens Thursday 13 September 2001
Four shows only

'I hope for a happy exit and I hope to never come back' Frida Kahlo

Something happened that winter which no one wanted to talk about. Frida Kahlo lived with it for the rest of her life. Diego Rivera behaved as if nothing ever happened. And her sister never forgave herself. Because some things you just cannot forgive.

A bold new Australian play, Winter as Frida Kahlo, retells the story of this modern icon and opens its exclusive Canberra season at the National Gallery of Australia on Thursday 13 September 2001 for four shows only.

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National Gallery of Australia receives major bequest

The National Gallery of Australia is delighted to announce that it is a beneficiary in perpetuity from the estate of Orde Poynton (1906-2001) AO, CMG, MA. MD, LLD (Hon). The Gallery's Department of International Prints, Drawings and Illustrated Books will receive annual financial support drawn from funds of over $13,000,000.

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Joy Hester & friends
1 September - 28 October 2001
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Joy Hester made a highly personal and original contribution to Australian art. Her distinctive achievement is being recognised in an important exhibition Joy Hester and Friends at the National Gallery of Australia (1 September - 28 October 2001).

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The Kuring-Vest bequest for the acquisition of Asian art at the National Gallery of Australia

The National Gallery of Australia announces the receipt of a bequest of nearly A$500,000 for the acquisition of Asian art. The largest cash donation in support of Asian art to the Gallery to this date, the bequest comes from the estate of two Sydney men, Peter Kuring and Gerald Vest, who died in the years 1986 and 1991 respectively.

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A fairer deal for visual artists and the crafts sector
Launch - Wednesday 8 August 2001

James O. Fairfax Theatre
National Gallery of Australia
9.00am - 5.00pm

Starving in the garret is no longer the model for the 21st century visual or craft artist - two new codes to be launched in Canberra should ensure a much better deal for the sector.

The Code of Practice for the Australian Visual Arts and Craft Sector and Valuing Art, Respecting Culture: Protocols for Working with the Australian Indigenous Visual Arts and Craft Sector will be launched during a day-long forum at the National Gallery of Australia.

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Kids mapping their world
National Gallery of Australia
28 July – 4 November 2001

Children from rural communities in NSW and from around the world have 'joined brushes' to express their feelings about their local environment through art.

Kids mapping their world comprises 26 works of art from overseas and 14 from recent 'Planting and Painting Across Australia' workshops, in which Kids Earth Fund joined forces with Landcare groups and the NSW Landcare Foundation, supported by Neway Transport and Pavilion design, to plant 2,000 trees and create 800 works of art.

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Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Mexican Modernism
The Jacques and Natasha Gelman collection

National Gallery of Australia
13 July - 28 October 2001

An outstanding selection of works by Frida Kahlo and Diegao Rivera forms the centrepiece of the Jacques and Natasha Gelman collection, regarded as the most significant private holding of 20th-century Mexican art. The National Gallery of Australia is proud to be the sole venue in Australia to show this important exhibition.

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Modern Australian women
Paintings and prints 1925-1945
National Gallery of Australia
13 July - 26 August 2001

Artists such as Margaret Preston, Thea Proctor, Grace Crowley, Dorrit Black and Ethel Spowers were the pioneers and promoters of modernism in Australia, exploring new ideas about what art could portray and introducing artistic developments such as Cubism. Their paintings and prints challenged other artists and certainly challenged Australian audiences.

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Anne Dangar at Moly-Sabata: Tradition and Innovation
National Gallery of Australia
13 July - 28 October 2001

This is the first exhibition of Anne Dangar's work in an Australian art museum. It shows the significant influence of the art and teachings of the French Cubist painter Albert Gleizes (1881-1953) on this expatriate Australian artist's ceramic work. The exhibition will also examine the introduction of modernist thought to Australian painting through Dangar's correspondence with the Sydney-based painter Grace Crowley.

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Professor Norman Palmer
The recovery of Nazi looted art

Lecture The recovery of Nazi looted art
Date Wednesday 18 July 2001
Time 6.00pm
Venue James O. Fairfax Theatre, National Gallery of Australia
Admission Free

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Tonkin Zulaikha Greer releases designs for enhancement of the Gallery building

Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, Managing Architects, for the National Gallery of Australia, have released their designs for the enhancement of the Gallery building.

The designs provide for new facilities for all of the main functions of the Gallery, including new gallery space, public education facilities and art storage and unpacking. The main part of the work is a new "front door" for the building, providing public facilities appropriate to a national institution.

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International guest lectures: Professor Richard Wollheim, University of Berkeley, California at the National Gallery of Australia

According to Professor Richard Wollheim, philosopher of the arts, there is no way in which this can be judged. The notion of a piece of art 'working' relates to the aims of the artist. Professor Wollheim will discuss these issues in his two free public lectures at the National Gallery of Australia on Wednesday 27 June and Thursday 28 June.

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Macquarie Bank & The National Gallery of Australia
National Sculpture Prize & Exhibition

The National Gallery of Australia and Macquarie Bank are delighted to announce the 31 artists shortlisted for the inaugural National Sculpture Prize and Exhibition.

These artists include some of Australia's best-known and respected sculptors as well as many new talents. The Exhibition will be held at the National Gallery of Australia from 30 November 2001 to 10 March 2002 and will showcase the diversity and strength of contemporary sculpture in Australia.

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Discussion of Lucian Freud's Painting newly acquired by the National Gallery of Australia, and the Role of the Director

Arts Today interview with Dr Brian Kennedy
Radio National
1 June 2001
Compere: Michael Cathcart

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National Gallery of Australia acquires After Cezanne

The National Gallery of Australia is pleased to announce that it has purchased the painting After Cezanne (2000) by Lucian Freud.

This magnificent and important work was acquired for the sum of US$3.75million or Australian $7.4million. "This represents a very successful negotiation on the original asking price of US$4.5million," Gallery Director Dr Brian Kennedy said today.

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Claude Monet - Letters from Giverny

Date: Wednesday 18 April at 6:30pm & Thursday 19 April at 6:30pm
Venue: James O. Fairfax Theatre, National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes ACT
Tickets: $35 Non-Members; $25 Members/concessions with exhibition viewing $20/$15 for performance only. Tickets at door. Bookings +61 2 6240 6504
Special U27 Price: $20 includes exhibition and performance

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TaikOz Japanese Drumming and Flute

Date: 6.00pm Wednesday 11 April
Venue: James O. Fairfax Theatre, National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes ACT
Tickets: $35 Non-Members; $25 NGA Members - includes exhibition entry
Contact: +61 2 6240 6504

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New Acquisition: Gallery acquires medieval triptych
27 February 2001

The National Gallery of Australia has acquired a major 16th century altarpiece Triptych of the Virgin and Child with Saints. Painted by artists of the renowned Cologne School of painting, the work dates from 1510-20 – the end of the great era of painters at Cologne. Details of the gallery’s latest acquisition, which was purchased with funds from private benefactors, were announced today by the Director of the National Gallery, Dr Brian Kennedy.

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New Exhibition
Islands in the sun:
Prints by indigenous artists of Australia and the Australasian region
17 February - 27 May 2001

Islands in the sun, the first major exhibition of contemporary prints by indigenous artists from Australia and the Australasian region, opens at the National Gallery of Australia tomorrow.

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New Exhibition
Monet & Japan

9 March-11 June 2001

Monet & Japan shows extraordinary parallels as well as more subtle influences: it includes a splendid array of the artist’s works including some of the best known of them; these are accompanied by woodblock prints, screens and scrolls that represent some of the central traditions of Japanese art. The exhibition shows how these traditions have interacted in Monet’s art.”

Dr Brian Kennedy
Director, National Gallery of Australia
(The Art Newspaper, London, February 2001)

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New Exhibition
Drawn to Painting

Leon Kossoff prints and drawings after Nicolas Poussin

The Director of the National Gallery of Australia, Dr Brian Kennedy, is pleased to announce the forthcoming exhibition Drawn to Painting: Leon Kossoff prints and drawings after Nicolas Poussin (17 March – 17 June 2001).

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New appointment
Head of Australian Art

The Council of the National Gallery of Australia has appointed Dr Anna Gray as the Gallery's new Head of Australian Art.

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