Issue 168 | March 2013
Toulouse-Lautrec | New acquisition | Members news | Events | Special offers
01 Enlighten FestivalA great way to spend
the long weekend!

Over four nights see Canberra in a whole new light. Check out the full Enlighten Festival 2013 program at

As part of Enlighten the NGA comes alive with stunning architectural projections and many events during March, some highlights of which are listed below.

Open late!

Enjoy an after-hours viewing of Toulouse-Lautrec: Paris & the Moulin Rouge , open until 10pm. The late openings will include free access to the Indigenous and International Galleries.

Tickets can be purchased through Ticketek or at the Front Desk.

Lautrec's Lounge Bar

Saturday 9 March
5 – 9.30 pm

Popping up on Saturday 9 March is Lautrec’s Lounge Bar. Situated in the NGA foyer, recline amongst the art and enjoy a drink and a cheese platter and relax over the long weekend.

(banner image) Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec 'Bust of Mademoiselle Marcelle Lender [Mademoiselle Marcelle Lender, en buste] 1895 (detail) National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 1977

Paris, City of Lights promenade

Friday 8 and Saturday 9 March 6.30 pm until late

A free community event in association with the Enlighten festival. Take an evening stroll along a lamp-lined boulevard at the National Gallery of Australia and be transported to the lively Parisian street life of the Belle Epoque. Enjoy live music and performance, art-making activities, French-inspired refreshments and a late‑night opening of Toulouse-Lautrec, as well as a screening at 9.30 pm of the romantic Woody Allen film Midnight in Paris on Friday and of the anthology of short films Paris, je t’aime on Saturday.

Make your own Parisian lantern: make and decorate your own lantern using the template provided here . Bring it to the National Gallery for the Paris, City of Light promenade and we will light it up and add it to our lamp-lined street.

Projections of Renaissance artworks on the Gallery building during Enlighten 2012

02 Toulouse-Lautrec
Last month

Late openings Fridays and Saturdays

Starting Friday 1 March, the exhibition will be open on Fridays until 7pm, with the last entry at 5.30pm. Saturdays offer another opportunity to visit Toulouse-Lautrec late, with sessions running until 7pm.

The busiest sessions are consistently 10am and 11am and these sessions often sell out. The best time to visit the exhibition is during the late afternoon or evening sessions.

Get your tickets now and avoid the crowds!

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec 'Gaston Bonnefoy' 1891 Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

Veuve Clicquot Sculpture Bar
There’s only one more month left to enjoy Sculpture Bar! Please note that the last Sculpture Bar will be held on Thursday 28 March due to Good Friday on the 29th. Enjoy a drink before or after the exhibition or just celebrate the end of the working week in the stunning surrounds of the Sculpture Garden. Bar open from 5pm, closes at 9.30pm.

For more information see the Sculpture Bar webpage

03 Members news

A Night with the Green Fairy

Frocked up with feathers and boas, top hats and garters, on the 2nd of February members and their guests enjoyed a private viewing of Toulouse-Lautrec before indulging in a Night with the Green Fairy in the Sculpture Garden Restaurant. The gathering was entertained by the slightly risqué but so very amusing girls from Miss Kitka’s House of Burlesque performing fan dances, comedy acts and magic tricks.

We were also treated to a fascinating demonstration on the art of preparing absinthe from Gaye of the Absinthe Salon in Sydney’s Surry Hills. A tasting of two styles of this mythic liquor certainly added to the gaiety of the evening. A very special thank you to the girls from Miss Kitka’s and to Gaye and Meagan from the Absinthe Salon.

Curator's Dinner

Later in February we held our Members Curator’s Dinner for Toulouse-Lautrec . The evening started with an introduction of the exhibition by curator Jane Kinsman, followed by an exclusive viewing of the works.  Members were then treated to a three course dinner in Gandel Hall

As Toulouse-Lautrec heads into its final month, don’t forget that the members price ticket is just $16.

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04 Event
highlights Go to calendar
for all events

05 Stars in
the river the prints of Jessie Traill

Building the Harbour Bridge series

Between 1927 and 1932, Australian printmaker Jessie Traill travelled to Sydney at regular intervals to draw the Sydney Harbour Bridge under construction. This culminated in her exceptional series of etched prints which trace the structure’s evolution from the early, frenzied stages to the completion of the arc itself, an elegant sweep across the harbour skyline.

Although today the bridge is a familiar curve within Sydney’s urban landscape, for artists such as Traill, the structure held great appeal as an artistic subject. As a feat of modern engineering, it was a symbol of optimism and progress following the devastation of the First World War and many of her contemporaries including Grace Cossington Smith, Robert Emerson Curtis and Harold Cazneax also sought to immortalize its emerging form.

Jessie Traill 'The red light, Harbour Bridge, June 1931' 1932 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 1987 © Estate of Jessie Traill      

(banner image) Jessie Traill 'Building the Harbour Bridge VI: Nearly complete, June 1931' 1931 (detail) National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 1979 © Estate of Jessie Traill

Amongst the proliferation of images commemorating the Bridge’s construction, Traill’s remarkable series stands apart as the most impressive. Drawn to the architecture's unique geometry, Traill saw beauty in its crisscrossed form, likening the unique silhouette to an ‘intricate lace work of iron’. A master of compositional design, Traill’s etching needle translates the concrete, cables and scaffolds of the bridge into striking configurations which are decorative, yet always accurately observed.

Jessie Traill '570 ton creeper crane, Sydney bridge, November 1929' 1929 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 1979 © Estate of Jessie Traill

She understood the complexities of the structure’s engineering, and her work is underpinned by her impeccable skills as a draughtsman. Hinting at the project’s monumentality, Traill portrays the bridge from a range of vantage points, with the sharp angles and acutely foreshortened bridge in works such as Building the Harbour Bridge VI: Nearly complete, June 1931 in particular revealing her unique command of perspective.

Alongside many other examples of Traill’s prints, this captivating series is now on display as part of the exhibition Stars in the river: the prints of Jessie Traill , on until 23 June 2013 in the Project Gallery.

06 Kastom:
Art of Vanuatu
Feature work

Within the exhibition Kastom: Art of Vanuatu is one of the most contemporary works currently on display at the Gallery. It is so contemporary it was only created days before the exhibition opened. Projected upon the floor of the exhibition space are a series of sand drawing designs created by the artist Samantha Leo of Pentecost Island, Vanuatu. Sand drawing is an ephemeral art which acts as a way of communication, visually telling many layered stories and containing a great depth of traditional – or better put – kastom, knowledge. A fascinating part of Leo’s work is watching the act of creation, following Leo’s finger through the sand, the unfolding complexity in each design mesmerizing.

Samantha Leo 'Sand drawing' 2013 sand, visual media, duration approx 10 minutes National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Leo is an accomplished young specialist in the art of sand drawing associated with the Vanuatu Cultural Centre and was invited by the Gallery to be recorded whilst creating these remarkable designs. This was Leo’s first visit to Australia.

Want to learn more about Vanuatu sand drawing? On Tuesday 16 April at 12.45pm Stephen Zagala, Curator, Monash Gallery of Art, will speak about sand drawing. Free.

Kastom: Art of Vanuatu is on display until 16 June 2013 in the Orde Poynton Gallery.

Visitors in the exhibition space watching 'Sand drawing', which is projected on the floor


A number of free talks and lectures, screenings and assisted tours will take place in conjunction with Kastom: Art of Vanuatu. For events related to the exhibition please see the online calendar

07 New acquisition Andrea Zittel's A–Z homestead unit

American artist Andrea Zittel is known for her idiosyncratic approach to space, everyday life and its organisation. She makes sculpture and other objects, clothing, filing systems, caravans and desert islands. The Gallery has specially commissioned Zittel to produce A–Z homestead unit (commission for the National Gallery of Australia) 2012. The work is inspired by Western homestead cabins, notions of frontier and perceptions of freedom and will be on display in the Sculpture Garden in March 2013.

Zittel has sustained a fascinating career over twenty years and is now one of America’s most highly respected artists. Since the early 1990s, she has made art in response to her own surroundings and daily routines: the first Living units were produced as a practical response to constantly moving her studio in the highly urbanised space of New York. Subsequently, she launched her own corporation, A–Z Administrative Services, to provide customised uniforms and work spaces to a broader clientele. Her trailer units, escape vehicles and islands appeal to a fantasy of self-sufficiency and nomadic existence.


Andrea Zittel at A-Z West 2010. Photograph: Giovanni Jance Image courtesy Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York

In 2000, Zittel moved to A–Z West, a 25-acre site in the Californian desert, and now works between there and New York. At A–Z West she and her collaborators have established an ‘Institute of Investigative Living’, an ongoing enterprise that examines aspects of daily living to better understand human nature and the social construction of need. The physical components of the investigations–home furniture, clothes and textiles, structures for personal hygiene–are designed by the artist; their parameters accord with her approach to simplicity, pragmatism and functionality. All Zittel’s projects combine keen observation with humour.

Zittel will talk about the Gallery’s A–Z homestead unit and the inhabitation of the sculpture in a free lecture on Thursday 7 March 2013 at 6.00 pm.

Lucina Ward, Curator, International Painting and Sculpture
In Artonview , issue 73, autumn 2013

Stay up-to-date with Charlie Sofo's inhabitation of the A–Z homestead unit here

08 Canberra connectionCelebrating the Centenary with works from the
national collection

In this month's installment, Toby Meagher, Intern, Photography, considers significant post-war photographs of Canberra.

Two of Australia’s most prominent 20th century photographers, Max Dupain and Wolfgang Sievers, shared an affection for capturing images of industry and architecture. For a young nation searching for its own identity, these two photographers helped to map out this growth through images of engineering and design.

In this, the Centenary year of Canberra, it seems appropriate to look back through the documentation of this growth within the Nation’s Capital. Wolfgang Sievers’s 1958 image, House of Professor Benjamin, Canberra is a prime example. Sievers’s photograph captures the ambition behind Alex Jelinek‘s sophisticated and complex geometric design. The German born photographer’s Bauhaus training is applied with great effect to this photograph of one of Canberra’s two most important post-war international style houses (the other being the Harry Seidler-designed Bowden House, Deakin).


(banner image) Wolfgang Sievers 'House of Professor Benjamin, Canberra' 1958 (detail) National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 1982 © Wolfgang Sievers. Licensed by Viscopy 


Max Dupain '(Harry Seidler stairwell, Barton Centre, Canberra)' 1980s
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra © Harry Seidler

Max Dupain’s love for architectural photography is well documented, although his images of Canberra seldom capture the same attention as his Sydney work. This shortfall is by no means a reflection on the quality of the work. Dupain’s skill for seeing the essence of an interior space is masterfully displayed in the breath-taking sweep of the Harry Seidler stairwell in the Barton Centre. His image of the National Library at night applies this same eye for strong geometric shapes and bold lines to architectural exteriors. Dupain distills a quintessential view of one of Canberra’s most important buildings as its dramatic lighting is reflected in the surface of Lake Burley Griffin.

These works will be on display from March 21 in the Australian Art galleries, Level 2.

09 Well done Ken!

On January 23 2013, at the Embassy of Australia in Washington DC, the Honorable Kim Beazley AC conducted an Investiture Ceremony admitting Kenneth Tyler AO to the Order of Australia for service to the Arts, particularly through the Kenneth Tyler Collection here at the National Gallery of Australia and through philanthropy.

We would like to congratulate Ken on this amazing achievement.

The Hon Kim Beazley AC conducts the Investiture Ceremony for Kenneth Tyler AO

Kenneth Tyler AO and Marabeth Cohen-Tyler

The Hon Kim Beazley AC and Kenneth Tyler AO

The Kenneth Tyler Collection at the National Gallery of Australia comprises over 7000 editioned prints, proofs, drawings, paper- works, screens, multiples and illustrated books as well as a collection of rare candid photography, film and audio.

The collection website is a rich source of information on American printmaking and printmakers of the second half of the 20th century. Visit the site here

You can also keep up-to-date with collection news and developments via Facebook , Twitter and the BeyondPrint blog

10 A masterpiece for the national art collection

The National Gallery of Australia Foundation is excited to announce the launch of the Masterpieces for the Nation Fund 2013 . This annual fundraising initiative brings together donors from all over Australia to form a strong collective that helps us to acquire major works of art for Australia’s national art collection.

The Masterpieces for the Nation Fund 2013 will support the acquisition of Florence Fuller’s magnificent landscape painting A golden hour c.1905. This work by one of Australia’s earliest and most significant female artists is regarded as a masterpiece of Federation painting – it will make an impressive addition to the Australian art collection and enhance the representation of works by important Western Australian artists.


Please support the development of the national art collection by donating towards the acquisition of Florence Fuller’s A golden hour c.1905. Every donation at every level makes a difference.

Florence Fuller 'A golden hour' c.1905 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

11 Around
the country
Interstate events
and travelling


Stars of the Tokyo stage:  Natori Shunsen’s kabuki actor prints | Rockhampton Art Gallery, Rockhampton QLD, 1 March – 19 May 2013

The Elaine and Jim Wolfensohn Gift: Blue Case – Technology | Artspace Mackay, Mackay QLD, 27 March – 15 April 2013 

New South Wales

The Elaine and Jim Wolfensohn Gift: Blue Case – Technology | Orana Arts, Dubbo NSW, 6 February – 25 March 2013

Natori Shunsen 'Ichikawa Sadanji II as Narukami in ‘Narukami’' 1926 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 2006

South Australia

The Elaine and Jim Wolfensohn Gift: Red Case - Myths and Rituals & Yellow Case - Form, Space and Design | Kangaroo Island Community Centre, Kangaroo Island SA, 20 February – 26 March 2013

The Elaine and Jim Wolfensohn Gift: Red Case - Myths and Rituals & Yellow Case - Form, Space and Design | Murray Bridge Art Gallery, Murray Bridge SA, 27 March – 29 April 2013


The Elaine and Jim Wolfensohn Gift: 1888 Melbourne Cup | National Sports Museum, Richmond VIC, 15 January – 16 September 2013

12 Palace Electric complimentary membership Exclusive to artonline subscribers

To celebrate the opening of Canberra’s newest cinema, Palace Electric are offering artonline subscribers a one year complimentary Movie Club membership (valued at $19 each)! Palace Electric Movie Club members enjoy discounted tickets to every session, every day, as well as invitations to exclusive screenings and special events.

Once you’ve claimed your complimentary Movie Club membership, why not celebrate your love of fine film with a complimentary glass of Brown Brothers red, white or Prosecco at the Palace Electric’s sophisticated Prosecco Bar? To redeem this exclusive artonline Movie Club offer, click here


Palace Electric are also offering artonline subscribers the chance to win one of 30 double passes to Palace Opera and Ballet’s spectacular 2013 season . To be in the running, please email your details to Palace and tell us which performance you are most excited to see at Palace Electric. Entries close March 29. Only winners will be notified, complimentary double passes will be collectable at the Palace Electric box office.

13 Win tickets
to Barbara!

Thanks to Madman Entertainment, we have 10 double passes to giveaway to the film Barbara, playing at Palace Electric Cinema from the 7th of March. Set in 1980’s Germany, this highly acclaimed drama tells the compelling story of a doctor who is exiled to a small town from East Berlin as punishment for applying for an exit visa from the GDR (East Germany). Watch the trailer here

For your chance to win, email your contact details to by COB Thursday 7 March.

14 Win an Eckersley's Artist Prize Pack!

Eckersley's Art & Craft  have long been supporters of the Gallery, being the Art Supply partners of the Gallery's popular community art events Big Draw and Sculpture Garden Sunday . To celebrate Sculpture Garden Sunday at the Gallery on 3 March, Eckersley's Art & Craft are offering artonline subscribers the chance to win an Artist Prize Pack valued at $300.


In 25 words or less tell us your favourite work in the Sculpture Garden and why for your chance to WIN!

Respond by email to  to enter. The winner will be notified by email by COB Friday 22 March.

Prize terms and conditions: The Gift Voucher is valid at any local Eckersley's store in Australia and for 12 months from the date of issue. Prize will be posted to residential address within Australia.