Exhibitions

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Tom Roberts

until 28 March 2016

Experience the work of legendary Australian artist Tom Roberts this summer. This extraordinary exhibition brings together Tom Roberts' most famous paintings loved by all Australians. Paintings such as Shearing the rams 188890 and A break away! 1891 are among the nation's best known works of art. An exhibition for all Australians, it is not to be missed.

Tom Roberts Shearing the rams 1888–90 (detail) National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Felton Bequest Fund, 1932

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The last
temptation :
the art of Ken + Julia Yonetani

until 3 April 2016 | NGA Contemporary

Chandeliers made from uranium glass representing nuclear-powered nations and a nine-metre banquet table made entirely of salt feature in the first large survey show of these internationaly acclaimed artists.

Ken + Julia Yonetani Crystal Palace: The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nuclear Nations 2013, photo courtesy of the artists

Free entry

The world is
beautiful : photographs from the collection

until 10 April 2016

An exhibition of photographs taken over the last 100 years from the NGA's magnificent photography collection, including work by Diane Arbus, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Bill Henson, Robert Mapplethorpe, Man Ray, Cindy Sherman, Edward Weston and many more.

Robert Doisneau Un regard oblique [A sidelong glance] 1948 (detail) gelatin silver photograph, printed 1990

Free entry

Behind the scenes :
Tyler Graphics at work

until 8 May 2016

Art from one of the most innovative print workshops of the 20th century, photographs and specially produced short films reveal the processes of printmaking and the collaborative relationships between seven leading artists and Ken Tyler, master printer.

Terence La Noue Beyond the shore 1992 (detail) National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Gift of Kenneth Tyler, 2002

Free entry

Black

until 13 June 2016

Black can be understood as a puritanical colour, representing goodness, virtue and obedience; at the same time, it can suggest wisdom, creativity and wealth. In other contexts, black carries entirely negative associations: it suggests evil and disease, totalitarianism and anarchy, mourning and melancholy. Most fundamentally, black can represent the end of something and a new start.

Lee Krasner Untitled 1953 oil, collage, gouache Purchased 1983

Free entry

Fiona Hall :
Wrong Way Time

22 April – 17 July 2016

The NGA will host the installation from this year's Venice Biennale by Australian artist Fiona Hall in April 2016. Hall brings together hundreds of disparate elements which find alignments and create tensions around three intersecting concerns: global politics, world finances and the environment.

Fiona Hall Manuhiri (Travellers) 2014–15, installation view, Australian Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2015, photo: Cristiano Corte

Future | Free entry