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Claes Oldenburg Ice bag – scale B  1971
 National Gallery of Australia, Purchased 1975  © Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen

ISSUE 122 | 29 April 2009 | Flickr Twitter Delicious Facebook nga.gov.au/whatson

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Soft sculpture
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24 April – 12 July 2009 | Exhibition Galleries


Nell The perfect drip Collection of Catherine Lezer and Kevin McIsaac, Sydney Image courtesy of the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Nell The perfect drip 1999
Collection of Catherine Lezer and Kevin McIsaac, Sydney.
Image courtesy of the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery  
part of Soft sculpture

(top) Claes Oldenburg  Ice bag—scale B 1971
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased 1975
� Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen
part of Soft sculpture

Soft sculpture looks at the ways artists use unconventional materials to challenge the nature of sculpture. The exhibition features treasures from the national collection, complemented by some loans.

Soft sculpture surveys the impact of unconventional materials on three–dimensional art practice over the last five decades. From the 1960s, artists began to use cloth, fur, rope, rubber, paper, leather, vinyl, plastics and other unconventional substances.

The exhibition includes Surrealist and Pop art objects and sculptures and installations by Eva Hesse, Robert Morris, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, Joseph Beuys and Annette Messager, and works by Australian artists such as Mikala Dwyer, David Jensz and Ricky Swallow.

Just as Rodin broke with traditional sculpture in the 19th century, and the invention of pre–mixed paints in portable tubes is a factor in the beginning of Modernism, the introduction of pliable, petroleum–based substances has had a major impact on art of the last 50 years.

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Woodwind duo
Saturday 2 May 2.003.30 pm
The woodwind duo of Christopher Young and Dushan Mitrovic use their intuition and experience to create a contemporary sound.
Free | Exhibition Galleries

Artist’s talk
Tuesday 5 May 12.45 pm
Artist Peter Vandermark talks about his works Fattish I 1997, Fattish VI 1997 and Fattish VII 1998 in the Soft sculpture exhibition.
Free | Exhibition Galleries

Young members evening
Thursday 7 May 5.30 pm
Lisa McDonald, gives a youthful perspective on selected works in Soft sculpture. A bus will then ferry guests to the Parlour Wine Room for drinks and funky tunes by The Lethals.
$20; $10 members | book now | Exhibition Galleries, and Parlour Wine Room at NewActon

Members wine tasting
Saturday 9 May 4.00 pm
Excite the senses with a tour of Soft sculpture followed by a wine tasting with one of the region’s finest wine producers, Gallagher Wines, including their renowned sparkling wines.
$10; members free | Exhibition Galleries and Sculpture Garden Restaurant


Hans Bellmer La demie poup�e (The half doll) 1971 Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney � Hans Bellmer, 1971/ADAGP. Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia, 2009
Hans BellmerThe half doll 1971
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
� Hans Bellmer, 1971/ADAGP. Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia, 2009
part of Soft sculpture

Visionaire … an artists’ playground
Tuesday 12 May 12.45 pm
Helen Hyland, Bibliographic Reference Librarian, introduces the Research Library’s collection of Visionaire, a fashion and art publication that is magazine, art object, toy and accessory.
Free | Small Theatre

Movie night: Attack of the killer tomatoes!
Tuesday 12 May 5.00–7.30 pm
Be inspired by the latent energy in otherwise harmless objects and enjoy a tour of Soft sculpture, followed by light refreshments and a screening of Attack of the killer tomatoes!
$10; $5 members | book now | Exhibition Galleries and James O Fairfax Theatre

Padded cells
Saturday 16 May 10.30 am–4.00 pm
Join artist and objects technician Roy Marchant for a workshop on material and metaphor in Soft sculpture. Participants to provide their own lunch.
$20; $15 members (includes materials) | book now | Small Theatre (meet in Gallery foyer)

Special assisted tour
Saturday 16 May 10.30 am
Tour and viewing for people with disabilities, led by voluntary guides.
Free | book now (02) 6240 6519 | meet in Gallery foyer


Giselle Antmann Genetic glimpse 1971 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 1979 
Giselle Antmann  Genetic glimpse 1971 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra  Purchased 1979 
part of Soft sculpture

Breathe in, breathe out
Tuesday 19 May 12.45 pm
Dr Christopher Chapman, Curator, National Portrait Gallery, discusses selected works and their relationship to the human body.
Free | Exhibition Galleries

Up skirt: the conservation of Icebag�scale B
Thursday 28 May 12.45 pm
Roy Marchant, artist and objects technician, discusses his recent conservation work on Claes Oldenburg’s Icebag�scale B 1971.
Free | Small Theatre

Private viewing for carers
Saturday 30 May 10.30 am
Tour and viewing for carers, led by voluntary guides in collaboration with Carers ACT.
Free | book now (02) 6296 9900 | meet in Gallery foyer

Autumn art club III
Sunday 31 May 3.00–4.30 pm
Lucina Ward, curator of Soft sculpture, gives a focus talk on the work of Eva Hesse, followed by a glass of sparkling wine.
$10; free for members | book now | Exhibition Galleries and Members Lounge

 

(below) David Watt Knowledge 1991–95 (detail)  
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra  Purchased 2002 © The Estate of David Watt
part of Reinventions

David Watt Knowledge (detail) 1991–95

Reinventions: sculpture + assemblage
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16 May – 13 September 2009 | Project Gallery

Hossein Valamanesh Falling 1990 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra  Purchased 2002Hossein Valamanesh Falling  1990  National Gallery of Australia, Canberra  Purchased 2002
part of Reinventions

Reinventions: sculpture + assemblage includes some of Australia’s most significant established artists, such as Rosalie Gascoigne, Robert Klippel and Colin Lanceley, with those of a younger generation like Neil Roberts, Ah Xian, Tim Horn and Ricky Swallow. What the artists share in common is a fascination with reinvention�with taking old materials or established ideas and finding fresh, distinctive and poetic ways to express them.

 

 

 

 

 

(below) Ottomar Anschütz  Monkey no 24 1886 (detail)  National Gallery of Australia, Canberra  Gift of Dr Dirk Spennemann, 2004
part of the Childrens Gallery exhibtion Silently stirring

Ottomar Anschütz Monkey no 24 1886 (detail) National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Gift of Dr Dirk Spennemann 2004

Gallery events

Rea Domestic (detail) 1992 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 1998Rea Domestic 1992 (detail)  National Gallery of Australia, Canberra  Purchased 1998
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Focus on new acquisitions
Thursday 30 April 12.45 pm
Tina Baum, Curator, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, speaks about Rea and Judy Watson’s works in the collection.
Free | Australian Galleries

Contemporary art focus 2009:
Australian artists talk series 1

Thursday 7 May 12.45 pm
Debra Dawes discusses her work Parallel planes 2007.
Free | Australian galleries

Special Mothers Day event
Autumn Promenade
Sunday 10 May 11.00am–1.00pm
Featuring renowned musicians William Barton (didgeridoo), Delmae Barton (vocals) and Elena Kats–Chernin (piano), with Synergy Percussion, the Tinalley String Quartet and other Canberra International Music Festival artists.
Free | International galleries

Animal action
Thursday 14 May 11.00 am
Anne O’Hehir, Assistant Curator, Photography, speaks about the photographs that capture animals as they sit, crawl, leap and fly.
Free | Childrens Gallery

Make an impression
Saturday 16 May 10.30 am
(all ages, children to be accompanied)
Experience the fun of drawing as a family and get to know the Gallery’s collection with Penny Low, artist and Gallery Educator.
$5 (includes materials) | book now | meet in Gallery foyer

Margaret Benyon Pushing up the daisies 1996 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 2008 &.Margaret Benyon Pushing up the daisies 1996
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased 2008
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Behind the scenes
Sunday 17 May 2.00 pm
A Dancing Between Cultures Festival preview event. With narration and dance, Padma Menon and the dancers from the festival combine dance with culture, storytelling and visual art.
Free | James O Fairfax Theatre

Sculpture Talk: Bert Flugelman
Monday 18 May 12.45 pm
In association with International Museums Day
Join us to celebrate this day at the National Gallery of Australia with a talk by one of Australia’s most well–known sculptors, Bert Flugelman, who will discuss public art in the context of his own work. Devised by the International Council of Museums, International Museums Day has been celebrated all over the world since 1977. It was developed to focus attention on the work done by museums and galleries and promote the role of museums and museum professionals around the world. .
Free | James O Fairfax Theatre

A little look at art
Wednesday 20 May 10.00 am
Parents and carers with their babies and toddlers are invited to join a voluntary guide for a relaxed tour of the collection, followed by a morning tea with coffee and cake.
book now, $12, $10 members/concession
meet in Gallery foyer | James O Fairfax Theatre

Focus on new acquisitions
Thursay 21 May 12.45 pm
Chantelle Woods, Assistant Curator, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, talks about Vernon Ah Kee’s Austracism 2007 and other political works by contemporary urban artists.
Free | Collection Study Room

Tamil Nadu, India Chola dynasty (9th–13th centuries) Shiva as Lord of the Dance 11th–12th century Tamil Nadu, India Chola dynasty (9th–13th centuries)  Shiva as Lord of the Dance 11th–12th century
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased with the assistance of the National Gallery of Australia Foundation, 2008  
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In our own skin
Friday 22 May 6.30 pm
Saturday 23 May 6.30 pm
A Dancing Between Cultures Festival event, In our own skin showcases the lives and stories of dancers from diverse cultures and is inspired by popular cultural and classical dance styles, poetry and song. Directed and choreographed by Padma Menon. Presented by Shared Spaces Incorporated in association with the National Gallery of Australia.
6:30 pm forum with artists
7:30 pm performance
$22; $18 members/concession | book now
James O Fairfax Theatre

Dancing gods
Sunday 31 May 2.00 pm
A Dancing Between Cultures Festival event. Padma Menon and other dancers express the link between dance and ancient mythology and life, using images from the Gallery’s Asian art collection.
Free | enquires tpadmamenon@gmail.com or 0447 643 646 | James O Fairfax Theatre

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(below) From the Canberra Theatre Company’s production of The Alchemist (2009)

The Alchemist

Members’ special offer

BELL SHAKESPEARE & QUEENSLAND THEATRE COMPANY PRESENT:
The Alchemist
24 April – 9 May
By Ben Jonson
Directed by John Bell
Canberra Theatre Centre, The Playhouse

While the cat’s away, the mice will play! Lovewit leaves the city and a menagerie of shady characters—a conman, a hooker and one very bored domestic helpe—take over his home, creating hoopla for their own amusement and gain.

This is a show about the vices and vagaries of human nature, told through the antics of a trio of scammers including a charlatan disguised as an alchemist. Urban, fast–paced and vibrant, Ben Jonson’s greatest comedy revels in the zest for life among the bottom–feeders. Directed by John Bell, and featuring Patrick Dickson as Subtle and Andrew Tighe as Face, this is schtick in the city at its hardcore and hilarious best.

SPECIAL OFFER—SAVE $10 ON FULL PRICE TICKETS! Pay just $50* per ticket (normally $60) when you book for one of the following performances:
Wednesday 29 April 7.30pm
Monday 4 May 6.30pm
Tuesday 5 May 7.30pm

To take advantage of this offer, call Canberra Ticketing on 02 6275 2700 and quote ‘National Gallery Offer and your membership number’
* Booking fee applies.

 

 

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