Previous exhibitions 2006
23 September – 28 January 2007
Avant-garde and revolutionary artists produced graphics, books and photographs in the decades of political and cultural turmoil after 1905. Revolutionary Russians celebrates the centenary of the 1905–06 Russian Revolution and the centenary of the birth of the great composer Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–1975), utilising the Gallery’s prints, posters, illustrated books and photography collections. On display will be an outstanding collection of coloured journals, published during the Revolution and never previously exhibited.
Olga Rozanova Translational book by Aleksei Kruchënykh and Alyagrov Moscow: n.p. 1915 Collection of the National Gallery of Australia
26 August – 10 December 2006
The crafted object will draw from the Gallery’s extensive collection of Australian craft and design from the period of 1965 to 1985. The exhibition demonstrates the vibrancy of this period, in which studio craft practice flourished in Australia, and includes major works from artists and designers working in ceramics, glass, textiles, costume, metal, jewellery, wood and furniture – spanning subjects and styles as diverse as organic modernism, Japanese influences, social commentary, technological innovation, environmentalism, feminism and post-modernism.
Alan Peascod Jar 1986 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
the magic in conservation
28 July – 26 November 2006
Abracadabra is an overview of conservation techniques that reveal the mysteries hidden in works of art.
Children will be able to use ultra violet light, magnification, X-ray games and computer technology to see invisible drawing in paintings, discover hidden repairs in ceramics and to see the internal structures of costumes and puppets.
Detail X-ray of Sandwich man highlighting areas held together with tacks.
Alexandra Exter Sandwich man [L’homme sandwich] 1926 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
one world many visions
14 July – 16 October 2006
Imants Tillers is one of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary artists, nationally and internationally. This important survey exhibition provides the opportunity to trace the high points of Tillers’ artistic development over the last 20 years. Focussing on the artist’s distinctive ‘canvasboard system’, the exhibition displays key paintings included in the Venice Biennale in 1986 through to the remarkable Diaspora series of the 1990s. Also on view is a selection of recent evocative works from the Nature speaks series 2002–06 and Terra incognita 2005.
Imants Tillers Farewell to reason (detail) 1996 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
14 July – 16 October 2006
‘I want to get away from the ethnographic image of Aboriginal people in magazines. A lot of the images you see…are like Aboriginal people living in humpies, or drunk on the street or, Aboriginal people marching in protests.’ Michael Riley, 1993
Michael Riley: sights unseen reveals the prolific talents of a quiet observer whose photomedia including black-and-white portraiture, video, digital media and film continues to have a profound effect on Australia’s contemporary representation and comprehension of Indigenous Australia.
Michael Riley Untitled, from the series cloud [cow] 2000, printed 2005
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra © Michael Riley, Licensed by The Michael Riley Foundation and VISCOPY, Australia
welcome to the water planet
10 June – 12 September 2006
Over a period of 100 days artist James Rosenquist, with master printer Ken Tyler, produced 720 sheets of handmade, hand-coloured paper forming the basis of the series which combines commonplace objects like pots and flowers to objects with extra-terrestrial imagery. Using brilliant luminous colours on a massive scale these works show earth as a rich but vulnerable planet under threat from a growing consumer culture.
James Rosenquist Caught one lost one for the fast student or star catcher from the 'Welcome to the Water Planet series 1989
National Gallery of Australia Canberra
Purchased with the assistance of the Orde Poynton Fund 2002 © James Rosenquist. Licensed by VAGA & VISCOPY, Australia
recent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art acquisitions
13 May – 13 August 2006
Right here right now: recent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art acquisitions displays a selection of recent acquisitions for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art collection. Works include bark paintings, prints, drawings, painting and sculpture, with themes ranging from the ancestral and ancient in Indigenous and European time, to the cutting edge of political society in Australia today.
Daniel Boyd Treasure Island 2005 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
24 March – 12 June 2006
Working from the familiar idea of weather, which we all experience everyday, to the unexpected and dramatic, Come rain or shine will feature works of art from Pre-Columbian ceramic figures to Video Art.
The exhibition will include many references to the paintings of weather conditions, from storms to sun, that children can observe when viewing the Constable: impressions of land, sea and sky exhibition.
James Fardoulys The Channel Country no.3 (detail) 1965 National Gallery of Australia
impressions of land, sea and sky
3 March – 12 June 2006
John Constable (1776–1837) was one of the greatest British landscape painters, renowned for his landscapes and his ‘pure and unaffected representation of nature’. This exhibition is an opportunity to see over 100 of his works.
John Constable Harwich Lighthouse (detail) c 1820 Collection of Tate Britain
3 March – 12 June 2006
Such is the power of Constable’s art that it has inspired a range of Australian artists: Hans Heysen, Conrad Martens, Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton, Howard Taylor, Philip Wolfhagen, Kenneth MacQueen and Lesley Duxbury, among others. It is for this reason that in Australia we are presenting a second exhibition alongside Constable: impressions of land, sea and sky, called Australia and Constable, which will include examples of the works of some of these Australian artists, and one New Zealand artist, Toss Woollaston.
Kenneth MacQueen Summer sky (detail) c 1935 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Islamic art & civilisation in Southeast Asia
24 February – 28 May 2006
This celebration of the Islamic art and heritage of Australia’s nearest neighbours – Indonesia and Malaysia, and the Muslim communities of the Philippines, Thailand, Burma and Cambodia – explores the beauty and complexity of the region’s metalwork, textiles, wood carving, illuminated manuscripts, gold, lacquer, porcelain and stone.
Yogyakarta, Central Java, Indonesia Dance mask of Kuda Narawangsa late 19th century National Museum of Indonesia, Jakarta