image: James Turrell Within without National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Photographs: John Gollings
01 a new Artonline
A fresh look
at what's on

Issue 138 | September 2010

Welcome to the new look Artonline e-news.

The National Gallery of Australia is undergoing a major redevelopment and in September 2010 we look forward to unveiling our new look—a striking new entrance and foyer, 11 new Australian Indigenous art galleries, new shop, cafe and garden with the James Turrell Within without skyspace.

 We are celebrating with an exciting opening season spanning eight months with engaging events around six diverse exhibitions. We also have a new logo and new look Artonview magazine.

Keep up to date with the monthly Artonline for news on exhibitions and events, behind-the-scenes, social photos and special offers.

We look forward to seeing you enjoying our opening season and discovering or rediscovering the richness and diversity of the national collection.

image: James Turrell Within without National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Photographs: John GollingsJames Turrell Within without 2010 lighting installation, concrete and basalt stupa, water, earth, landscaping National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Purchased with the support of visitors to the exhibition Masterpieces from Paris 2010  Photographs: John Gollings
Record your experience on the new facebook page dedicated to this skyspace
Javanese people Wonoboyo, Klaten region, central Java, Indonesia. Ceremonial dipper imitating a palm leaf bucket, early 10th century (detail), gold, National Museum of Indonesia, Jakarta
02 Life death & magic
A 'spooky' look into animist art from Southeast Asia

Enter a dark world of shamans, seers and sorcerers where the dead ride into the afterlife on ships, serpents and birds.

Magic and ritual, gold, jewellery, sacrifice, headhunting. Ferocious and frightening imagery is meant to ward off evil spirits … if you are repulsed by some of the menacing works of art, you may be a demon …

Purchase tickets online for Life, death and magic to go into the draw to win a trip for two to Bali

But wait! There's ANOTHER special offer: We have 100 free combined tickets to Life, death & magic and Robert Dowling on offer. The first 100 people to reply to Marketing@nga.gov.au will receive one ticket.

Life, death magic at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Image: NGA Imaging Services
03 Package
offer

23rd August 2010 – 3rd October 2010
Heritage Room $225 per night | Extra nights $188 | Extra person $30. Subject to availability. Package includes:

  • Two tickets to Life, death & magic and Robert Dowling
  • Full buffet breakfast for two

image: Javanese people east Java, Indonesia Funerary mask 10th century or earlier, gold, Mus�e Barbier Mueller, Geneva � Mus�e Barbier-Mueller Photograph: Studio Ferrazzini Bouchet Javanese people east Java, Indonesia Funerary mask 10th century or earlier, gold, Mus�e Barbier Mueller, Geneva � Mus�e Barbier-Mueller Photograph: Studio Ferrazzini Bouchet
Robert Dowling Minjah in the old time (Weerat Kuyuut and the Mopor people at Minjah Station) 1856 (detail) Warrnambool Art Gallery, Victoria , Presented by Joseph Ware 1886
04 Robert
DowlingBe quick if you want to see this surprising exhibition

Last days, closing 4 October 2010.

Discover why this London coffee vendor is gossiping about the tall, dark and handsome mysterious man.

Special offer: We have 100 free combined tickets to Life, death & magic and Robert Dowling on offer. The first 100 people to reply to Marketing@nga.gov.au will receive one ticket.

 

image: Robert Dowling Breakfasting out 1859 Museum of London, Britain, purchased 1953Robert Dowling Breakfasting out 1859 (detail) Museum of London, Britain, purchased 1953
05 Event
highlightsGo to calendar
for all events

Robert Dowling
Thursday 2 & 7 September 12.45 pm
Don’t miss the chance to learn more the work of Robert Dowling—only two more talks; on colonial art and British and Orientalist works.

Thursday 9 September 10.30 am
The always popular Tales for the very young. Bookings essential 02 6240 6528.

Life, death & magic
9, 14, 21 September 12.45 pm

Talks on ancestral art and preserving textiles.

Sunday 12 September 12.45 pm
Indonesian dance

28, 30 September
Kids' activities include sculpture, mask-making and storytelling.

 

15–17 October
MATERIALITY: the seventh Australian print symposium
with speakers Glenn Barkley, Del Kathryn Barton—see full program

image: Pakpak Batak people 
Barus district, Sumatra, Indonesia 
Effigy portrait [mejan] of the wife of a village chief 19th century or earlierCrafternoon was held in July 2010. Photos from past events now on Flickr
06 Members

Saturday 9 October 4.00 pm
Young members—tour the exhibition, followed by wine and magician, yes, magician! Bookings 02 6240 6528.

Sunday 31 October 6.00 pm
Members Halloween dinner
—farewell Life, death & magic. Bookings 02 6240 6528.

Become a member and receive a range of benefits.

MEMBERS OFFER
Australian Chamber Orchestra

On the 25 September the ACO will be performing its Viennese Masters tour at Llewellyn Hall in Canberra.

National Gallery of Australia members receive a 10% discount on Australian Chamber Orchestra concerts when booking with the ACO box office 1800 444 444.

Concert details available at aco.com.au

image: Javanese people east Java, Indonesia Funerary mask 10th century or earlier, gold, Mus�e Barbier Mueller, Geneva � Mus�e Barbier-Mueller Photograph: Studio Ferrazzini Bouchet Rachel Hart and Jack Dalby at the members opening Life, death & magic Friday 13 2010
Photo: NGA Imaging Services
See more photos on Flickr
Morris Louis Nexus II 1959 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 2010
07 Gallery news

What's up
New acquisition, generously gifted by Marcella Louis Brenner, recently hung in Gallery 3—Morris Louis Nexus II 1959 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, bequest of Marcella Louis Brenner, the artist’s widow 2010. See detail above.

News from our Pacific Arts curators
Pacific Arts Curator Crispin Howarth recently completed travel to several museums in Australia funded by the Gordon Darling Foundation to study and select the finest works of figurative sculpture and body adornments for the forthcoming exhibition Art from the Solomon Islands due to open 26 February 2011. During these travels Crispin was lucky enough to locate several key works which have never been displayed to the public before and is in the process of organising loans.

Pacific Arts Senior Curator Michael Gunn has just returned from Rarotonga in the Cook Islands where he attended the Pacific Arts Association’s 10th International Symposium. As president of the PAA he was head of the 150 delegates from many institutions in Europe, the Americas, and the Pacific region. The Cook Islanders were particularly welcoming, and introduced Michael to their sacred world which was associated with the creation of their finest art works several hundred years ago, or earlier. During this conference Michael met and developed a strong working relationship with two influential Cook Islanders who have a strong interest in traditional culture—Mahiriki Tangaroa and Eruera Nia. Mahiriki Tangaroa will be working with Michael on the development of the exhibition Atua—sacred art from Polynesia.

image: Pakpak Batak people 
Barus district, Sumatra, Indonesia 
Effigy portrait [mejan] of the wife of a village chief 19th century or earlierWest Papua, Indonesia Ancestor figure [korwar] 19th or early 20th century, purchased 2010
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Photograph: Michel Gurfinkel, Paris © Galerie Meyer - Oceanic Art, Paris