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Current exhibition

Myth + magic

art of the Sepik River, Papua New Guinea

7 August – 1 November 2015


This exhibition is a rare opportunity to encounter masterpieces from the Sepik River, selected from Australian collections and the National Museum and Art Gallery of Papua New Guinea. Myth + magic features remarkable sculptures, masks and other objects made for ritual and performance, works of art that speak of a time and place where spirits and ancestors were integral to daily life.

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Papua New Guinea, East Sepik Province, 'Malu' plaque 19th century wood, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra purchased 1977 (Detail)

Future exhibition

Tom Roberts


4 December 2015 – 28 March 2016 Tickets on sale now


Experience the work of legendary Australian artist Tom Roberts this summer at the NGA in Canberra. This extraordinary exhibition brings together Tom Roberts' most famous paintings loved by all Australians. Paintings such as Shearing the rams (1888-90) 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.

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