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top image :detail: 'Temple hanging [pichhavai]: Krishna's fluting summons the entranced gopis' India c. 1840 opaque watercolour, gold and silver on cotton. Collection of the National Gallery of Australia
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Events and exhibitions
For event bookings email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +61 2 6240 6504. Events are in the James O Fairfax Theatre unless otherwise advised.
View the full calendar of events online at nga.gov.au/Calendar.
'The child-saint Sambandar' 12th century Chola dynasty Tamil Nadu, India, bronze. Collection of the National Gallery of Australia
Opening this month
The Indian Gallery
On 31 August 2006 the National Gallery of Australia will open a new gallery of the
Art of the Indian subcontinent, the first in an Australian public gallery devoted to such
a separate display.
Indian Art: performance
Saturday 2 September 2pm
The Bollywood Dimensions Dance School presents a short performance showcasing the diversity, beauty and excitement of Bollywood dance styles. Asian Art Galleries
Indian Art: floortalk
Saturday 2 September 2.30pm
‘Recent acquisitions and old favourites’
Robyn Maxwell, Senior Curator, Asian Art, introduces the new display of Indian art. Asian Art Galleries
The crafted object 60s–80s
26 August – 10 December
The crafted object 60s–80s brings together a wide range of Australian craft works from the national collection, many of which were acquired early in the Gallery’s history and have not been displayed for over a decade. This exhibition focuses on the period from the mid-1960s to the mid-1980s, when a revival of studio craft practices opened up new possibilities for expression in the visual arts in Australia.
Monday 28 August 11am
Macquarie Trio Australia presents an interactive concert followed by a descriptive tour of Imants Tillers: one world many visions for blind and sight impaired visitors, with trained voluntary guides.
Bookings essential for complimentary ticket: 02 6240 6519 James O Fairfax Theatre.
detail: Michael Riley 'Moree kids', from the series 'A common place: Moree Murries' 1991, gelatin silver photograph Moree Plains Gallery. Collection: Presented in 1990 by the artist © Michael Riley, Licensed by The Michael Riley Foundation and VISCOPY, Australia.
Floortalk: Ace Bourke
Thursday 17 August 12.45pm
Ace Bourke is a freelance curator specialising in contemporary Aboriginal art and colonial art. He was a friend of Michael Riley and presented many of his photographs between 1986 and 2004. Exhibition ticket required. Exhibition Galleries.
Jedda and The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith
Sunday 20 August
10am Jedda 35mm film, 1955, 87 min., G
2pm The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith’ 35mm film, 1978, 87 min.
Pine trees by the shore
Pine trees by the shore is a pair of gilded screens from Japan’s Muromachi period (1392-1573) and arguably the earliest and most significant pair of Japanese screens to enter an Australian public collection.
The work presents a vibrant and detailed scene of horses and sailing craft amongst pine trees on the bank of an inlet. To have a complete pair of screens dating from the mid 16th century, as the Gallery now does, is very rare indeed.
Pine trees by the shore is now on display in the Asian Art galleries.
Asian Art: lecture and tea ceremony
Sunday 10 September 1.30 pm
‘The way of tea with Urasenke’
Dr Hounsai Genshitsu Sen, 15th-generation grand master of the Urasenke Chado tradition and Japan–UN Goodwill Ambassador, presents a lecture and demonstration on the Japanese way of tea with a vision towards creating world peace.Guests are also invited to participate in a tei-cha tea service on the day
Endorsed by the Japanese and Australian governments as a 2006 Australia–Japan Year of Exchange event Bookings essential.
David Ralph 'Set of thirteen nesting boxes' 1978 Huon pine. Collection of the National Gallery of Australia. Part of the upcoming Crafted Object exhibition