This exhibition will excite and surprise visitors!
Opens Friday 13 June 2014
Drawn exclusively from the National Gallery of Australia's collection, Bali: Island of the gods brings together works of art from one of Indonesia's most loved islands. Hindu epics originating from India along with historical accounts of the kingdoms, rulers and heroes of Indonesia have provided a rich source of inspiration for the arts of Bali.
From sculpture and ritual implements in wood and precious metal to elaborate paintings and textiles, the objects exhibited reveal the richness of Balinese culture. Made for the veneration and appeasement of gods, demons and spirits, the ornate ceremonial regalia and images of real and mythical beings demonstrate the island's distinctive fusion of narratives and styles from across South and Southeast Asia.
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(cover + banner image): Balinese people, Singa mythical winged lion, 19th century, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 1969
Robert Motherwell: At five in the afternoon
We are thrilled to be showcasing the 'painterly prints' of major Abstract Expressionist artist Robert Motherwell (1915-1991) this winter.
Motherwell stands apart from many New York School artists in that he became a masterful printmaker, harnessing lithography and etching to extend his unique aesthetic vision.
The 60 works featured in the exhibition – drawn entirely from the Gallery's extensive collection of Motherwell prints – span the breadth of the artist's graphic oeuvre and reflect his engagement with such diverse sources as literature, Pop art, Surrealism and collage.
This is the first major solo show of Motherwell's work in Australia and is not to be missed.
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(image): Robert Motherwell and Kenneth Tyler with proof of 'Lament for Lorca' on wall, Tyler Graphics workshop, Bedford Village, New York, 1982 Photograph: Hans Namuth. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased with the assistance of the Orde Poynton Fund, 2002
Robert Motherwell: At five in the afternoon is on display from 12 July – 6 October in the Orde Poynton Gallery.
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(image): Robert Motherwell drawing with tusche on lithographic stone for 'El General, State 1', Tyler Graphics Ltd., Bedford Village, New York, 1979 Photograph: Lindsay Green. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased with the assistance of the Orde Poynton Fund, 2002
(banner image): Robert Motherwell, Elegy black black, 1983, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased with the assistance of the Orde Poynton Fund, 2002 © Robert Motherwell/VAGA. Licensed by Viscopy
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Hot Winter Film passes up for grabs!
The Winter Film Series 2014 starts Wednesday 4 June with a movie screening every Wedneday at 6pm until 9 July.
Catch some of the most exciting recent cinema about the creative genius that lies behind art and culture in a program specially curated by film critic and curator Dr Simon Weaving.
Visit the Winter Film Series Website to view the selection of movies in the series.
We have two doubles passes to give away where you can select two movies of your choice from the series.
To go into the draw to win, answer the following tricky question:
What is the name and year of the actual movie where the still image (in the banner above) is from?
Please provide your contact details and your two movie selections to:
email@example.com by 2pm, Wednesday 4 June.
On show until 22 June
Garden of the East: photography in Indonesia 1850s–1940s brings to life a rich heritage of images by forgotten and unknown photographers in Indonesia.
There are only a few more weeks to see this display of over two hundred photographs, albums and illustrated books from the Gallery's extensive collectiion of photographic art.
The beautiful book that accompanies Garden of the East: photography in Indonesia 1850s–1940s will make a lovely gift, and is available for purchase at the NGA Shop and selected bookstores nationally.
Masterpieces for the national collection
Help us bring an Australian colonial masterpiece into the national art collection
Last month the National Gallery of Australia Foundation launched the Masterpieces for the Nation Fund 2014. This annual fundraising initiative aims to draw together the generosity of individual donors from all over Australia into one special collective.
This year, funds raised through the Masterpieces for the Nation Fund will support the acquisition of Benjamin Duterrau's charming painting An infant of Van Diemen's Land 1840. This delightful portrait is one of only about twenty-five oil paintings that have survived and can be firmly attributed to the artist. The painting will be a significant addition to the national collection and will strengthen our already strong collection of Tasmanian colonial art.
(image): Benjamin Duterrau An infant of Van Diemen's Land 1840, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra purchased 2013
In Australian Notebooks, Betty Churcher revisits some of the artworks she most cherishes - seminal Picasso, early works of the Heidelberg School, a striking portrait by Lucian Freud - and invites us to look afresh at the treasures that can be found in Australian galleries.
Taking in the glorious work of Australian artists such as John Olsen, Arthur Boyd and Sidney Nolan, as well as masterpieces by Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse and Giambattista Tiepolo, through her own accomplished sketches Betty draws out the particular charm and context of each piece. Interwoven with extraordinary stories, Betty's engaging insights bring the artworks to life.
To go into the draw to win a copy of Australian Notebooks, tell us in 25 words or less what Australian artworks you cherish and why? Entries close: Monday 9 June 2014.
Please email this along with your name and contact details to: firstname.lastname@example.org
(image): Cover of Betty Churcher's new book Australian Notebooks
The Elaine and Jim Wolfensohn Gift: Blue Case: Technology | Disability Information & Resource Centre (DIRC), Adelaide SA, until 2 July 2014
The Elaine and Jim Wolfensohn gift: The 1888 Melbourne Cup |
Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery, Swan Hill VIC, until 2 July 2014
The Elaine and Jim Wolfensohn Gift: Red Case: Myths and rituals and Yellow Case: Form, Space and Design | Community Arts Network, Perth WA, until 8 July 2014
Discover Peru: The Chimu Way: Competition Winner
Sue Crawford from the ACT won the National Gallery of Australia's trip for two adults to Peru.
The prize provided by Chimu Adventures, gave visitors to the Gallery an opportunity to win a once in a lifetime trip to Peru.
Visitors were able to enter the competition via kiosks located in the exhibition foyer.
Sue and her guest will enjoy a 12 day tour of Peru whilst experiencing a land of contrasts and a country brimming with culture, legend, folklore and fascination.