Previous exhibitions 2009
Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and beyond
4 December 2009 – 18 April 2010 | Exhibition Galleries
The National Gallery of Australia is proud to present one of the most extraordinary exhibitions ever held in Australia. Soon, you won’t have to travel to the Musée d’Orsay in Paris to see masterpieces by Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Paul Cézanne, Georges Seurat, Pierre Bonnard, Emile Bernard, Claude Monet, Maurice Denis and Edouard Vuillard; you can visit them in Canberra.
Vincent van Gogh Portrait of the artist 1887
Musée d'Orsay, Paris
© RMN (Musée d'Orsay) / Gérard Blot
honouring senior Indigenous artists
3 October 2009 – 14 June 2010 | Project Gallery
Elders play important roles in Indigenous communities. They are admired and respected as keepers and enforcers of law, stories and culture. They guide communities today as they have done for generations, and their ability to visualise significant stories gives rise to some of Australia’s most dynamic and stunning contemporary works of art.
Ningura Napurrula Untitled 2006 (detail)
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
© the artist licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency, 2009
14 August – 1 November 2009 | Exhibition Galleries
Frederick McCubbin is one of the foremost Australian Impressionists, most well known for his images of the bush. This exhibition traces the radical changes in his work after he viewed the works of the European masters JMW Turner and Claude Monet in London. It includes a diverse range of joyous Australian paintings, from the bush to city life, interiors and portraits.
Frederick McCubbin Arrival of the Duke and Duchess of York, 1901c 1908 (detail)
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased with the assistance of a special grant from the Government of Victoria, 1979
16 May – 13 September 2009 | Project Gallery
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 is a fascination with reinvention—with taking old materials or established ideas and finding fresh, distinctive and poetic ways to express them.
Timothy Horn Glass slipper (ugly blister) 2001
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 2002
24 April – 12 July 2009 | Exhibition Galleries
Soft sculpture reveals the ways artists use unconventional materials to challenge the nature of sculpture. See works made from cloth, rope, paper, hair, leather, rubber and vinyl; works that are fluffy, squishy or bent; or that droop, ooze or splash.
Eva Hesse Contingent 1969 (detail) National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 1973 Courtesy the Estate of Eva Hesse, Galerie Hauser & Wirth, Zürich
21 March – 8 June 2009 | Childrens Gallery
Many artists are attracted to ideas of movement, change and transformation, and animals and beings (real and mystical) are favourite subjects when depicting these ideas in works of art.
Silently stirring explores these themes through prints, drawings, photography and sculpture from the national collection.
Lionel Lindsay Siesta 1924 wood-engraving National Gallery of Australia Bequest of Alan Queale, 1982
3 August 2007 – 17 May 2009 | NGA Touring Exhibition
To mark the 25th anniversary of the National Gallery of Australia, an exhibition of treasured works from the National Collection. Ocean to Outback: Australian Landscape Painting 1850–1950 has been curated by National Gallery Director, Ron Radford AM and celebrates the rich history of landscape painting in Australia.
Jeffrey Smart Wallaroo 1951 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra © Jeffrey Smart
24 January – 3 May 2009 | Orde Poynton Gallery
Degas’ world, an exhibition of European prints from the Gallery’s collection, includes prints by Degas and his contemporaries including Bonnard, Cassat, Cézanne, Daumier, Gauguin, Manet, Morisot, Pissarro, Sisley, Toulouse-Lautrec and Rodin.
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec The seated clown: Mademoiseille Cha-u-ka-o 1896 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchase 1977
20 February – 27 April 2009 | Project Gallery
The first major exhibition on Australian Tonalism, a movement championed by Max Meldrum in the first half of the 20th century. It includes 82 evocative works by Meldrum and others including Clarice Beckett and Percy Leason, Roy de Maistre and Roland Wakelin.
Misty moderns is an Art Gallery of South Australia touring exhibition.
Clarice Beckett Hawthorn Tea Gardens c 1933
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide Gift of Sir Edward Hayward, 1980