image:Anton Bruehl Model Ruth Curlett in red sun hat  1936
for Vogue, 1 July 1936
colour print
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Gift of American Friends of the National Gallery of Australia Inc., New York NY USA
made possible with the generous support of Anton Bruehl Jr, 2006
Issue 140 | November 2010
01 In the spotlight
Anton Bruehl photographs 1920s–1950s
ON NOW

EXHIBITION
Australian-born Anton Bruehl was one of the most successful celebrity portraiture, advertising and fashion photographers in New York from the 1920s to the 1950s.

The collection on which this exhibition is based was presented to the Gallery in 2006 by the American Friends of the National Gallery of Australia with the generous support of Anton Bruehl Junior of San Francsico. He said "Although my father never returned to Australia, he always had affection for his homeland. It felt right that my collection of his photographs should be held at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra".

Browse the exhibition website

image: Anton Bruehl Swimsuit advertisement 1951 National Gallery of Australia, CanberraAnton Bruehl Swimsuit advertisement 1951
dye-transfer colour photograph
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Gift of American Friends of the National Gallery of Australia Inc., New York NY USA made possible with the generous support of Anton Bruehl Jr, 2006
02 Last weekend!
Life, death & magic: 2000 years of Southeast Asian ancestral art
closes 31 October

EXHIBITION
Last weekend to see Life, death & magic:2000 years of Southeast Asian ancestral art—the first major exhibition of animist art from Southeast Asia to be held in Australia. The exhibition celebrates the antiquity and continuity of animism as the inspiration for exquisite objects in bronze, stone, wood, gold and fibre.

You can join in the fun of Space invaders 'This is a stick up!' all day event on Saturday. Canberra is the place to be this weekend!

image: Karo Batak people north Sumatra, Indonesia Mask [topeng] 19th–early 20th century 
Musée du quai Branly, ParisKaro Batak people north Sumatra, Indonesia Mask [topeng] 19th–early 20th century
Musée du quai Branly, Paris © 2010 Musée du quai Branly Photograph: Patrick Gries/ Scala, Florence
Jumbo and Zap X-ray man-machine pointing a ray-gun at the amphibians 2010
hand-painted poster
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Acquired with the support of Calypso Mary Efkarpidis, 2010
� Jumbo and Zap
03 Space invaders
opens 30 October

EXHIBITION
Space invaders: australian . street . stencils . posters . paste-ups . zines . stickers
looks at artists and their iconic street-based works at the point of their transition from the ephemeral to the collectable and from the street to the gallery.

Opening launch party is on tonight—have you got your tickets?

The full website has now launched so check out the exhibition further and get your opening party tickets here.

image: Meek Love bomber 2004
National Gallery of Australia, CanberraMeek Love bomber 2004
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Gordon Darling Australia Pacific Print Fund 2007 © Meek
04 Childrens
Gallery
Connections
16 October 2010 �
15 May 2011

EXHIBITION
Connections
is an exhibition for children that explores the relationships between works of art across cultures, place and time. Themes such as calligraphy, geometry, colour and the garden have been used to link works of art inspired by Islamic culture with others in the National Gallery's collection.

One work of art on display is the large book The grammar of ornament. This publication was inspired by the London's Great Exhibition of 1851 and reproduces ornamental features from around the world including 'Arabian', 'Turkish', 'Persian' and 'Moresque' designs. It provided creative inspiration for designers and architects and is still influential today.

image:Owen Jones, Francis Bedford The grammar of ornament 1856 (detail) National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Special Government Grant 1972
more detail on this leaf
browse The grammar of ornament
05 Event highlightsGo to calendar
for all events

Space invaders
This is a stick up!
Saturday 30 October
10.30 am –3.00 pm

An entire, free day of street art, paste-ups and Space invaders artists.

Digital Jam
Saturday 20 November 8.00 pm
underground carpark | $38; $32 (+ booking fee) bookings essential (through Moshtix)
An underground experimental project by digital artists projecting live video and motion graphics and mixing sound on multiple stages.

Space invaders artist talks on 16 & 23 November, a poster printing workshop on Saturday 27 November and documentary films screening on 7 and 21 November.

In the spotlight:
Anton Bruehl

Immerse youself in the world of Anton Bruehl with talks on 18 and 25 November, and free screenings of 1930s film classics on 14 and 28 November.

Collection
Saturday 6 November 2.00 pm
The history of The Aboriginal Memorial
Saturday 27 November 2.00 pm Works from Far North Queensland discussed in the new galleries
Saturday 27 November 7.00 pm
The light within
$45; $35 bookings essential 02 6240 6528
A live music performance to complement the Skyspace Within without 2010 by artist James Turrell

image: Meek Begging for change 2004 stencil 
National Gallery of Australia, CanberraMeek Begging for change 2004 stencil
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Gordon Darling Australia Pacific Print Fund 2007 � Meek

















image: James Turrell Within without 2010 National Gallery of Australia, CanberraJames Turrell Within without 2010 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased with the support of visitors to the Masterpieces from Paris exhibition, 2010. Photograph: NGA Imaging Services
image
06 Stage 1
opening

The opening weekend was a wonderful success, the new galleries filled with curious and appreciative members of the public.

The beauty of the natural light which illuminates the galleries was noted by many and allows the Australian Indigenous works to be lit by the same sunlight under which they were created.

Want to know more about museum and gallery architecture? Read an interview with architect of the new building Andrew Andersons in reCollections

Go to Flickr for more photos

image:Jeff Waia and Sedrick Waia perform in the new Top End GalleryJeff Waia and Sedrick Waia perform in the new Top End Gallery as part of the opening weekend celebrations
07 Special
offer

Australian Chamber Orchestra
free CD offer
In 2011, the Australian Chamber Orchestra performs favourites including Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik, Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony, Schubert’s String Quintet, Mahler’s Adagietto and Barber’s Adagio with celebrity guest artists including Teddy Tahu Rhodes and The New Yorker’s Alex Ross. Discover why this vibrant ensemble is considered “the best chamber orchestra on earth”.

Request a brochure at aco.com.au using codeword NGA and receive a free ACO CD.

image: Vexta This is not an ad 2004 Vexta This is not an ad 2004
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Gordon Darling Australia Pacific Print Fund 2007 © Vexta
Part of Space invaders
Image: Frank Lloyd Wright Tree of Life window c 1904 (detail) National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 1985 Copyright Frank Lloyd Wright. Licensed by ARS & VISCOPY, Australia
08 Gallery news

In preparation for the forthcoming Ballets Russes: the art of costume exhibition, the regular changing display of Ballets Russes costumes in Gallery 1 has been suspended and will recommence in April 2011. Taking its place is a new display, Design 1900-1920, focusing on aspects of our collection of international decorative arts and design from that period. The display includes work by Frank Llyod Wright (above), Charles Mackintosh and Peter Behrens.

imageJoseph Maria Olbrich Mantel clock c 1902
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased 1984
09 From the vault

Produced at the height of San Francisco’s ‘Summer of Love’, this 1967 work is one of nearly 600 San Francisco acid rock posters in the Gallery's International Prints collection. Designed by graphic artist Bonnie MacLean, it promotes a gig including The Doors—the ‘Kings of Acid Rock’—and The Yardbirds, a band that launched the careers of guitar virtuosos Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. Venues like Bill Graham’s Fillmore Auditorium were hubs for the emergence of psychedelic rock in San Francisco, and concert posters were an important vehicle for spreading the distinctive visual culture of the period. Artists like MacLean were influenced by the graceful, organic curves of Art Nouveau, transforming them into counter-cultural symbols through the use of Op Art patterning, hallucinogenic motifs and a rainbow of flourescent colours. Acid rock posters of the 1960s and 1970s are vibrant artefacts of the experimentation and freedom of expression that remain synonymous with these decades.

image: Bonnie MacLean Yardbirds 1967
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased 1978Bonnie MacLean Yardbirds 1967
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased 1978