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Edgar Degas Femme à sa toilette 1880-85 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra The Poynton Bequest with the assistance of the National Gallery of Australia Foundation 2009

ISSUE 121 | 14 April 2009 | Visit us at Facebook or nga.gov.au/whatson

Degas' world: the rage for change
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24 January – 3 May 2009 | Orde Poynton Gallery


Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec Jane Avril 1893 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Gift of Orde Poynton Esq. CMG 1996
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec  Jane Avril 1893  National Gallery of Australia, Canberra   Gift of Orde Poynton Esq. CMG 1996
part of Degas' world

(top) Edgar Degas  Femme à sa toilette 1880-85  National Gallery of Australia, Canberra  The Poynton Bequest with the assistance of the National Gallery of Australia Foundation 2009
part of Degas' world

View the newly arrived Degas pastel Woman bathing, recently purchased at the Yves Saint Laurent sale in Paris.

Featuring prints from the National Gallery of Australia’s very distinguished International Print collection, Degas’ world includes works by some of the late nineteenth century’s most famous artists: Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Mary Cassat, Paul Signac and Pierre Bonnard among others. These artists also exhibited in the revolutionary Impressionist exhibitions between 1874 and 1886 of which Degas was a key instigator. In addition, some of their most influential precursors, such as Camille Corot and Honoré Daumier, are highlighted.

The world of the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists seen in Degas’ world was one of factories, of pollution, of a dispossessed and alienated urban poor and of burgeoning feminism. For every dainty dancer in this exhibition, there is an aging strung-out junkie; for every innocent, oblivious child, there is the pathetic skin and bones of some has-been courtesan; for every summery frolic on a beach, there is a spectral face caught in the momentary light of a Paris night.

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Drypoint workshop
Saturday 18 April 10.00 am – 1.00 pm
Join Antonia Aitken in a professionally equipped etching studio and learn how to make your own drypoint prints.
$115; $110 members/concession (includes materials)
book now | Megalo Print Studio + Gallery


Mary Cassat Afternoon tea party c 1891 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 1983
Mary Cassat  Afternoon tea party 
c 1891  National Gallery of Australia, Canberra   Purchased 1983
part of Degas' world

Lithography demonstration
Saturday 18 April 2.004.00 pm
(all ages, children to be accompanied)
Join artist–lithographer Surya Bajracharya and see the process of lithography demonstrated in a professional printmaking studio.
$55; $50 members/concession (includes materials)
book now | Megalo Print Studio + Gallery

Curator’s perspective
Tuesday 21 April 12.45 pm
Mark Henshaw, Curator, International Prints, Drawings and Illustrated Books, and Degas' world curator, discusses the reality of nineteenth-century France.
Free | Project Gallery

 

 

(below) Clarice Beckett   Morning shadows c 1932 (detail)  
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide  South Australian Government Grant 1980
part of
Misty moderns: Australian Tonalists 1915–1950

Clarice Beckett Morning shadows (detail) c 1932

Misty moderns: Australian Tonalists 1915�1950
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21 February – 26 April 2009 | Project Gallery

Max Meldrum The three trees c 1917 Private collection © estate of the artistMax Meldrum   The three trees  c 1917  Private collection  © estate of the artist
part of Misty moderns

Developed by the Art Gallery of South Australia, Misty moderns explores one of the most influential but forgotten movements of 20th century Australian art, Australian Tonalism. It brings together 82 works by the pioneering and often controversial Melbourne painter Max Meldrum (1875–1955) and 17 of his followers, inlcuding Clarice Beckett, Percy Leason and Colin Colahan, and formative works by Australian Modernists Roy de Maistre, Roland Wakelin and Lloyd Rees.

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Fuzzy wuzzy colours
Thursday 16 April 10.30 am – 12.30 pm
repeated 2.00–4.00 pm

(ages 8–12)
Join Penny Low, Gallery Educator and artist, for a fun workshop to explore the medium of coloured inks.
$20; $15 members (includes materials) | book now
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Director's view: Tone on tone
Thursday 16 April 12.45 pm
Ron Radford AM, Director, National Gallery of Australia, discusses the themes and styles in the exhibition Misty moderns.
Free | Project Gallery

(below) Rosalie Gascoigne  Chatting up 1994 (detail)  National Gallery of Australia, Canberra  Gift of Peter Fay 2005 
© Rosalie Gascoigne. Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia
part of the Childrens Gallery exhibtion Silently stirring

Rosalie Gascoigne Chatting up 1994 (detail) National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Gift of Peter Fay 2005 

Gallery events

Rupert Bunny The rape of Persephone (detail) c 1913 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 1976Rupert Bunny  The rape of Persephone c 1913 (detail)  National Gallery of Australia, Canberra  Purchased 1976
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Coach trip: the Archibald prize
Thursday 16 April 7.00 am – 7.00 pm
Join us for a luxury coach trip to the Art Gallery of New South Wales to view the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman prizes.
$80; $70 members (includes exhibition entry, tour, morning and afternoon tea) | book now | meet in NGA car park (further information on booking)

Mythic tales in Australian art
Friday 17 April 10.30–11.30 am
(all ages, children to be accompanied)
Storyteller Kate Collins leads an enchanting journey to ancient Greece and Rome with mythological tales of Circe, Persephone, Agamemnon and others as depicted by Australian artists.
Free | Australian galleries

Claes Oldenburg Soft alphabet 1978 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 1982 © Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van BruggenClaes Oldenburg  Soft alphabet 1978  National Gallery of Australia, Canberra  Purchased 1982  © Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen
part of the upcoming exhibition
Soft sculpture

Make an impression
Saturday 18 April 10.30 am – 12.30 pm
(all ages, children to be accompanied)
Experience the fun of drawing as a family and get to know the Gallery’s collections with Penny Low, artist and Gallery Educator.
$5 (includes materials) | book now | meet in Gallery foyer

Turning point
Saturday 18 April 2.00–3.00 pm
Pamela Walker, researcher in the Gallery’s African collection, talks about the distinctive and often amazing art of the Cameroon Grasslands.
Free | Collection Study Room (meet in Gallery foyer)

The neverending story
Sunday 19 April 2.00 pm
DVD, 1984, G, 94 min
Directed by Wolfgang Peterson, this epic fantasy follows the adventure of a young boy as he travels into The neverending story, finds new friends and saves their land of Fantasia from ‘The Nothing’.
Free | James O Fairfax Theatre

Balang (Mick) Kubarkku Ngalyod Rainbow snakes at Gubumi on the Mann 1979 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 2008 © Balang (Mick) Kubarkku. Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia.Balang (Mick) Kubarkku  Ngalyod Rainbow snakes at Gubumi on the Mann  1979  National Gallery of Australia, Canberra  Purchased 2008  © Balang (Mick) Kubarkku. Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia.
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Draw and explore: good gods
Wednesday 22 April 11.00 am – 12 noon
repeated 2.00–3.00 pm

(ages 5–8, parents/carers welcome)
Join Jo Krabman, Gallery Educator, and Lucie Folan, Assistant Curator, for tall tales of dancing Shiva and dangerous Durga. Sketch the sculptures of the Indian gallery and create your own character with magical powers.
$12; $10 members/concession (includes materials)
book now | meet in Gallery foyer

Focus on new aquisitions
Thursday 23 April 12.45 pm
Chantelle Woods, Assistant Curator, presents recent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art acquisitions, including Harry Tjutjuna’s Wangka Tjukurpa (Spiderman) 2007.
Free | Australian galleries

 

 

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