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Leon Bakst Costume for the Blue God c 1912 (detail) National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Ballets Russes:

the art of costume

10 December 2010 – 1 May 2011 | Exhibition Galleries

 

A major exhibition of the Gallery’s renowned collection of Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes including costumes by artists Natalia Goncharova, Michel Larionov, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, André Derain, Robert and Sonia Delaunay, Georges Braque, André Masson and Giorgio de Chirico.

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Léon Bakst  Costume for the Blue God c 1912 (detail)
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra  Purchased 1987


image: Prism Not titled (red shoes) 
2004 
        National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Space invaders:

australian . street . stencils . posters . paste-ups . zines . stickers

30 October 2010 – 27 February 2011 | Project Gallery

Playful, edgy, clever and satirical, the works in Space invaders have appeared in city streets around Australia. Street art has significantly altered Australian visual culture, especially over the past decade. It has announced the arrival of a new generation of contemporary artists.
This exciting exhibition looks at street art of the past 10 years by more than 40 of the most prolific and infamous street artists working in Australia today. The works are from the Gallery’s growing collection of street art—the only one of its kind in an Australian public gallery.

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Prism Not titled (red shoes) 2004
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Gordon Darling Australasian Print Fund 2007


Anton Bruehl Model Ruth Curlett in red sun hat 1936 for Vogue, 1 July 1936

In the spotlight:

Anton Bruehl photographs 1920s–1950s

23 October 2010– 6 February 2011 | Orde Poynton Gallery

From his studio in New York, Australian-born Anton Bruehl created inventive and perfectly realised colour photographs for Condé Nast magazines such as Vogue. His work ranges across advertising, images of stars of stage, screen and socialites to his personal photography in the classic documentary tradition.

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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


image: Collected Flores, Indonesia The Bronze Weaver 6th century National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Life, death and magic

2000 years of Southeast Asian ancestral art

13 August – 31 October 2010 | Exhibition Galleries

 

Life, death and magic: 2000 years of Southeast Asian ancestral art introduces the lively, often frightening, sometimes fantastic supernatural world of ancestors and nature spirits. The serene stone monuments, large gold ornaments, architectural decorations, huge ancient bronzes and images of mythical beasts, created to entice the divine and repel the demonic, date from prehistoric to modern times.

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Collected Flores, Indonesia The Bronze Weaver  6th century
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased 2006


image: Robert Dowling 'Mrs Adolphus Sceales with Black Jimmie on Merrang Station ' 1855–56 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased from the Founding Donor Fund 1984

Robert Dowling:

Tasmanian son of Empire

24 July – 4 October 2010 | Orde Poynton Gallery

 

Robert Dowling holds a special place in the history of Australian art. He was the first artist to be trained in Australia and was renowned for his paintings of pastoralists and their properties, Indigenous people and biblical themes. This is the first major exhibition of his oeuvre, including his much-lauded oriental subjects.

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Robert Dowling ‘Mrs Adolphus Sceales with Black Jimmie on Merrang Station ’ 1855–56 (detail)
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased from the Founding Donor Fund 1984


image: Audrey Flack Jolie madame (Pretty woman) 1973 (detail) National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 1978 Copyright Audrey Flack

Shimmer

19 February – 4 October 2010 | Childrens Gallery

 

Shimmer examines the many ways artists have employed colour, pattern, line and materials to give their work a special energy in the eye of the viewer. Through a display of works from the national collection, this exhibition explores various interpretations of the power of patterns.

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Audrey Flack Jolie madame (Pretty woman) 1973 (detail)
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased 1978 © Audrey Flack


image: Hans Heysen, The Land of the Oratunga, 1932 (detail), Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australian Government Grant 1937

Hans Heysen

14 May – 11 July 2010 | Exhibition Galleries

 

Hans Heysen (1877–1968) is one of Australia’s best-known artists. He was an influential artist, one whose work was pivotal to the development of Australian landscape art in the twentieth century. Comprising 80 works, the exhibition includes oil paintings, watercolours, drawings and prints.

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Hans Heysen The Land of the Oratunga 1932 (detail)
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
South Australian Government Grant 1937