There are of course many more masterpieces here in the National Gallery of Australia, which has the largest collection of art in Australia. Owned by all Australians, the national collection has a most comprehensive holding of Australian art and a strong focus on Indian and Southeast Asian art and Pacific arts, as well as 20th-century international art.
Take the opportunity to discover, or rediscover, the national collection.
Claude Monet’s Haystacks, midday and Waterlilies
Two fine examples of Monet's revolutionary approach to capturing the effect of changing light.
Claude Monet Haystacks, midday 1890
National Gallery of Australia Purchased 1979
Jackson Pollock’s Blue poles
A masterpiece of 20th-century abstract art and arguably the most famous work in the Gallery's collection.
Jackson Pollock Blue poles 1952
National Gallery of Australia Purchased 1973 © Pollock-Krasner Foundation. Licensed by ARS & VISCOPY, Australia
The sacred bull, Nandi
This superb example of early Indian art is the only significant sculpture of the popular Hindu image in an Australian public collection.
Chola dynasty (9th–13th centuries) The sacred bull Nandi, vehicle of Shiva 11th–12th century
National Gallery of Australia Purchased with the assistance of Roslyn Packer AO, 2009
The 3500-year-old Ambum stone is one of the oldest works in the national collection.
Papua New Guinea, Western Highlands, Ambum Valley The Ambum stone c 1500 BCE
National Gallery of Australia Purchased 1977
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Galleries
Ten new galleries dedicated to the display of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art.
Image above: Ramingining Artists The Aboriginal Memorial 1987–88, National Gallery of Australia
Arthur Streeton's Golden summer, Eaglemont
Enjoy this evocative depiction of the Australian landscape by this significant Australian Impressionist.
Arthur Streeton Golden summer, Eaglemont 1889
National Gallery of Australia Purchased 1995
From pre-colonial to the present, a must see is the National Gallery's Australia art collection covering all aspects of our rich culture.
The grand National Australia Bank Sculpture Gallery includes Constantin Brancusi's sublime Birds in space and other great contemporary works. Outside in the Sculpture Garden enjoy works by Auguste Rodin and other international and Australian artists.
Constantin Brancusi Bird in space c1931–36
National Gallery of Australia Purchased 1973 © Constantin Brancusi. Licensed by ADAGP & VISCOPY, Australia
James Turrell's Within without
south side of the gallery
James Turrell's Within without A monumental installation using light, set into the new Australian Garden, with a special light cycle at dawn and dusk.
Collection toursDaily at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 2.30pm
(closed Christmas day)