image: L�on Bakst Costume for the Blue God c 1912 (detail) National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 1987
Issue 142 | January 2011
01 Ballets Russes ON NOW

EXHIBITION
Ballets Russes: the art of costume is impressing audiences for many reasons, from the turbulent history, to the art and design, to the conservation work achieved. The delicacy of the costumes means it will not be displayed again for a long time, so don't miss this.

Explore each ballet on the website and watch original footage, thanks to The Australian Ballet and the National Film and Sound Archive.

"I didn't realise before that so many great artists such as Matisse, Braque and Picasso contributed to the Ballets Russes—amazing!"
Dimity OLeary rates the exhibition as
Very impressive

"A fantastic display of colour, texture, material, history, personality, drama, performance. Wonderfully evocative and diverse. Two visits weren't enough!"
Martin Barrett rates the exhibition as
Very impressive

imageJuan Gris Costume for the Countess c 1924
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 1973


Image above: Léon Bakst Costume for the Blue God c 1912 (detail) National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 1987
02 Exhibitions
ON NOW

Other current temporary exhibitions are Space invaders: australian . street . stencils . posters . paste-ups . zines . stickers, Anton Bruehl's photography In the spotlight and childrens exhibition Connections.

image: Haha Derailed 2003 
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased 2010 Haha Derailed 2003 (detail)
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased 2010
Image Credit: Linden Maginness
03 Event highlightsGo to calendar
for all events and details

The Sculpture Bar
Open every summer Friday night from 5.00 pm in the Sculpture Garden, in association with Veuve Clicquot.
www.sculpturebar.com.au

Ballets Russes
Sunset Sessions

Saturdays 29 January to 26 February 4.30 pm | Free
Make the most of the extended opening hours on Saturdays for Ballets Russes with this five-week series of free concerts and performances.
Saturday 29 January: Mirsad Giga Jeleskovic string ensemble 
Saturday 5 February: Evgeny Ukhanov virtuoso pianist
More details

Oom Razoom: a Russian fairytale
Thursday 3 February 
2.00–3.00 pm | Free
all ages, children to be accompanied

Turning heads
millinery workshop
 

Saturday 5 February 1.00–4.30 pm | $65, $60 bookings essential 02 6240 6528

Ballets Russes conservation series
Saturday 5 February 2.00 pm Free 
The history of the conservation of the Ballets Russes collection.
See all Ballets Russes events

Space invaders
Street T’s 
Thursday 20 January 
10.00 am – 3.00 pm
for ages 10–13 | $52, $50 bookings essential 02 6240 6528
An introduction to screen printing on T-shirts, inspired by works in Space invaders.

Artist talk: Mini Graff  
Thursday 27 January 12.45 pm 
Free

Vinyl sticker printing workshop 
Saturday 29 January 10.00 am – 4.00 pm | for ages 13–17
$95, $90 bookings essential 02 6240 6528
See all Space invaders events

 

In the spotlight:
Anton Bruehl

Australia's greatest style exports with Glynis Traill-Nash
Saturday 22 January 2.00 pm
Free | James O Fairfax Theatre
See all Anton Bruehl events

 

Collection
Chinese New Year storytelling: The nearly invincible Monkey King 
Wednesday 2 February 7.00–8.00 pm
for ages 8+, children to be accompanied | $8, $6 members/concession, $5 children | bookings essential 02 6240 6528
monkeykingepic.com.

Storytelling: Sun mother wakes the world 
Wednesday 2 February 
10.30 am 
all ages, children to be accompanied | Free
Storyteller Diane Wolkstein performs the retelling of an Australian creation story, Sun mother wakes the world, from her recent book, which is beautifully realised with paintings by artist Bronwyn Bancroft. Book-signing in Gallery Shop, 11.30 am – 12 noon.









image: Jos�-Mar�a Sert Top hat from costume for Giampaolo 1920�24 
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased 1973
José-María Sert Top hat from costume for Giampaolo 1920–24
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased 1973





























image: Mini Graff Suburban love 2010 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, acquired with the support of Calypso Mary Efkarpidis, 2010 Mini Graff Suburban love 2010 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, acquired with the support of Calypso Mary Efkarpidis, 2010














04 Meet the curator
Pacific Art curator
Crispin Howarth

Crispin Howarth has been a curator at the Gallery for four years this month. My special passion is art from the Pacific, that's Papua New Guinea in the West right over to some of the remotest spots on earth such as Rapa Nui (Easter Island). I am currently curating Varilaku: Pacific Arts from the Solomon Islands which opens in Canberra on 26 February 2011.

What has been your most satisfying moment as a curator?
It was a community access event for the ACT & Queanbeyan Maori community where around 60 members of the community came together to view the national collection of Maori treasures, or Taonga. The works were blessed and celebrated through singing. It was very moving in a way which words cannot really convey.

If you could curate a solo show of any artist who would it be?? 
It's really obvious—Mutuaga, the famed 19th century master carver from the Dagodagisu village, PNG. He deserves recognition after over a century of obscurity.

If you were a work of art in the collection what would you be?
I'm easy—anything which the Chapman brothers or the late and dearly missed Don Van Vliet have had their hands on.

What is your favourite work not on display?
An inspiration dish from Fiji. It is used by a priest in rites to connect with, or become possessed by, a god. The dish is cleverly created in the form of a turtle and has a sublime patination from decades of handling and care.

What is the smelliest/ oldest/ most fragile work you have encountered?
In a previous museum I worked for, certainly the smelliest object was a 120-year-old vat of sharks in alcohol all piled together like a tin of sardines. A few seconds after lifting the lid off and you could literally pass out. 

image: Crispin HowarthCrispin Howarth
Curator of Pacific Art at the National Gallery of Australia
Explore Pacific Art at the Gallery






image: Mutuaga The drummer National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 2009Mutuaga The drummer
c 1880–1890 (detail) National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 2009













Image: National Summer Art Scholarship scholars 2010
05 Gallery news

National Summer Art Scholarship 2011

This annual scholarship program proudly supported by NAB offers an opportunity to engage with the staff at the National Gallery of Australia, as well as other arts professionals, artists and school peers from around the nation.

The lucky recipients are listed on the National Summer Art Scholarship webpage.

imageSummer Art Scholarship 2010. See more photos on Flickr
06 Competition

The Space invaders street art Flickr competition is going gangbusters. Check out the 200+ images from around Australia that have been added.

If you want to be in the running to win a Space invaders T-shirt and exhibition book take a camera for a walk around your local area, see what you can find and share it with us and help record the art in your hood.

image: Lister Mona Lisa doesn't pose 2004 (detail) National Gallery of Australia, CanberraLister Mona Lisa doesn't pose 2004 (detail) National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Gordon Darling Australia Pacific Print Fund 2007
Image: Valerie Sparks 'Eldorado Springs' 2007 (detail) National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
07 What's up

NEW ACQUISITION

Eldorado Springs 2007 by Valerie Sparks (detail above) was purchased in 2010 in memory of Melody Gough 1983-2009.

The Melody Gough Memorial Fund was established in loving memory of Melody so that her National Gallery of Australia colleagues, family and friends could donate towards the acquisition of this stunning work. For more information please contact foundation@nga.gov.au.

This work is currently on display in the Photography Gallery.

Melody’s family are generous supporters of organ donation and encourage you to visit the website where you can find out more information about the 2011 Organ Donation Awareness Ride www.odar.com.au
08 Become
a member

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Learn more and join

image: The Aboriginal Memorial projected onto the Gallery during opening celebrationsSome of the first to view Matisse's Costume for a mourner at the Ballets Russes members opening