Out and About: The National Gallery tours Australia
Over the next year, some of the National Gallery of Australia’s most treasured works of art will be exhibited across the nation as part of its twentieth anniversary celebrations.
The works include Sidney Nolan’s Ned Kelly series, Andy Warhol’s Elvis, Peter Paul Ruben’s Self-portrait, Claude Monet’s Haystacks, Midday, Henri Matisse’s The Abduction of Europa, Willem De Kooning’s Woman V, Lucian Freud’s After Cézanne, Jackson Pollock’s Blue Poles, Arthur Streeton’s Golden Summer, Eaglemont and Eugene von Guérard’s North-east View from the Northern Top of Mount Kosciusko and Ferntree Gully in the Dandenong Ranges.
The works will be on show at 20 regional, remote and metropolitan galleries in all Australian states and territories, including galleries in Perth, Bunbury and Kalgoorlie in Western Australia; Port Lincoln, Adelaide and Mount Gambier in South Australia; Alice Springs and Darwin, Northern Territory; Cairns and Rockhampton in Queensland; Armidale, Broken Hill, Albury and Sydney in New South Wales; Mornington, Hamilton, Melbourne and Langwarrin in Victoria; and Hobart and Launceston in Tasmania.
Details of Out and About: The National Gallery tours Australia were announced in Canberra on Monday 9 December by the Director of the
National Gallery of Australia, Dr Brian Kennedy.
‘Some of our most treasured works are set to travel throughout the country, enabling people to see them in their own communities, in their own time,’ he said.
The National Gallery’s long-standing relationships with regional, remote and metropolitan galleries have made it possible to entrust its colleague galleries with some of the nation’s most renowned and iconic works of art.
‘Not since the founding travelling exhibition series, Genesis of a Gallery in the 1970s, have works of such importance toured so comprehensively nor been so enthusiastically anticipated,’ Dr Kennedy said.
Each gallery has selected a work that they would particularly like to see come to their region. This will enable individual communities to join the National Gallery in celebrating its twentieth anniversary and the National Collection.
Art Indemnity Australia and Australian AirExpress have generously supported the project. The Federal Government’s national touring exhibitions grant program Visions of Australia has made visits to some of the regional and remote galleries possible.
The first work to be exhibited is Willem De Kooning’s Woman V, which will be on display at the Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, from tomorrow, 10 December. The following day Eugene von Guérard’s Ferntree Gully in the Dandenong Ranges will be on display at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth.
‘The National Gallery is relevant to all Australians to the extent that they have access to its collections and information about art through its staff,’ Dr Kennedy said.
‘The 20 venue tour offers a wonderful opportunity to further fulfil our mandate to the people of Australia as their National Gallery. Out and About continues the National Gallery’s commitment to providing access to the National Collection and strengthening links with the people of Australia,’ he said.