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Major Expansion of the National Gallery of Australia
The Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator Rod Kemp, today announced the Australian Government will provide $92.9 million for a major building enhancement project at the National Gallery of Australia.
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National Gallery of Australia welcomes funding announcement
In a joint statement released today, National Gallery of Australia Council Chairman, Mr Rupert Myer, and Director, Mr Ron Radford, said they were delighted to announce that construction work on Stage 1 is scheduled to begin mid next year after the necessary planning approvals are received.
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Impressionism to Pop Art: new displays of the permanent collection

With a radical, expanded, new look display of the collection, the National Gallery of Australia will open the refurbished International galleries, Impressionism to Pop Art, to the public on 21 November 2006. The installation includes a number of major acquisitions which will be displayed for the first time.

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NGA opens new Southeast Asian Gallery with a masterpiece of 6th century Indonesian sculpture

Mr Ron Radford, Director, National Gallery of Australia, and Mr Rupert Myer, Chairman, National Gallery of Australia Council open the new Southeast Asian Gallery with the unveiling of one of the earliest and finest ancestral sculptures found in our region.

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Symposium: Imants Tillers & Michael Riley

On Saturday 23 September the National Gallery of Australia will present an engaging one-day symposium bringing together artists, curators, art critics, film-makers, writers and architects to discuss diverse aspects of the art of Michael Riley and Imants Tillers.

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National Gallery of Australia to open Australia’s first gallery of the Art of the Indian subcontinent

On 31 August 2006 the National Gallery of Australia will open a new gallery of the Art of the Indian subcontinent, the first in an Australian public gallery devoted to such a separate display.

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Fullscreen 06: explorations in digital media

The National Gallery of Australia presents fullscreen 06: explorations in digital media, a diverse program of artists, performances and screenings from the cutting edge of digital art. The second of the three-part series features digital media artists Daniel Crooks and Scott Morrison at 2pm on Sunday 27 August 2006.

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Revolutionary Russians: Commemorating the centenary of Shostakovich

Revolutionary Russians, an exhibition which marks the centenary of the birth of composer Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–1975), opens at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, on Saturday 23September 2006.

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National Gallery of Australia unveils rare Japanese treasure

The Hon. Alexander Downer, Minister for Foreign Affairs unveiled two rare Japanese screens recently acquired by the National Gallery of Australia. Painted around 1550, the Gallery’s new acquisition Pine trees by the shore is a rare example of an intact pair of screens from such an early date.

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Abracadabra: the magic in conservation

Conservators at the National Gallery of Australia usually practise their magic on works of art behind the scenes. Some of their secrets will be revealed through Abracadabra: the magic in conservation which opens in the Children’s Gallery on Friday 28 July.

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National Gallery of Australia’s quest to discover treasured Lamberts

Paintings by George Lambert (1873-1930), one of Australia's most remarkable artists from the Edwardian era will be showcased in a major exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia from 13 July - 1 October 2007. The Gallery is currently seeking oil paintings from private collections and would very much appreciate it if any collectors of Lambert’s paintings would contact Dr Anna Gray, Assistant Director, Australian Art.

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The National Gallery of Australia acquires a lost icon of Australian art

The National Gallery of Australia announces the recent acquisition of a major nineteenth-century symbolist painting by Charles Conder, Hot wind 1889, made possible with the generous assistance of the Sarah and Baillieu Myer Family Foundation.

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Michael Riley: sights unseen
14 July – 16 October 2006

Michael Riley (1960-2004) was one of the most important contemporary Indigenous visual artists of the past two decades and his contribution to the urban-based Indigenous visual arts industry was substantial. His emotive film and video work challenged non-Indigenous perceptions of Indigenous experience, particularly of the most disenfranchised communities in the south-eastern region of Australia.

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Imants Tillers: one world many visions
14 July – 16 October 2006

Imants Tillers is one of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary artists, nationally and internationally. It is surprising however, that while he has been granted important solo exhibitions internationally, there has not been a substantial solo show of his work at a major gallery in Australia.  It is fitting that the National Gallery of Australia should be the institution to recognise the accomplishments of this senior artist with an exhibition Imants Tillers: one world many visions opening on 14 July.

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Rosenquist: Welcome to the water planet
10 June – 12 September 2006

Rosenquist: Welcome to the water planet is a spectacular exhibition of monumental paper pulp works intended to act as both a celebration and a warning to what might happen to the earth. The exhibition of works by American artist James Rosenquist investigates problems of a growing consumer culture, which could lead to the degradation of the natural environment.

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Come rain or shine
25 March 2005 – 16 July 2006

Drama-filled artworks and interactive displays showing the full spectrum of weather conditions are now on display in Come rain or shine in the Children’s’ Gallery at the National Gallery of Australia.

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180 Southeast Asian treasures in Canberra for world-first exhibition

National treasures from Southeast Asia go on display at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra in a stunning new exhibition, Crescent Moon: Islamic Art and Civilisation in Southeast Asia,on Friday 24 February.

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Constable: impressions of land, sea and sky
3 March – 12 June 2006

A major exhibition of the work of John Constable, one of the greatest British landscape painters opens at the National Gallery of Australia on 3 March 2006. Constable: impressions of land, sea and sky includes more than 100 paintings, drawings and prints drawn from distinguished museums and private collections worldwide.

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Multicultural Film Festival: Windows on Europe
12 – 17 February 2006

Prepare yourself for a cinematic trip around Europe. The National Gallery of Australia presents the 2006 Multicultural Film Festival delivering comedy, political comment and social drama from the best of Europe’s young filmmakers.

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Crescent Moon: Islamic Art & Civilisation in Southeast Asia
24 February – 28 March 2006

Crescent Moon: Islamic Art & Civilisation in Southeast Asia is a spectacular visual exploration of the Islamic heritage of Australia’s nearest neighbours. As the first major international exhibition to focus on the Islamic art of Southeast Asia, Crescent Moon introduces Australian audiences to the beauty and complexity of Islamic culture within our region. Southeast Asian creative genius found expression in a wide variety of media, including metalwork, manuscript illumination, textiles and wood carving.

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