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detail: Banjarmasin, East Kalimantan, Indonesia Shield 19th
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National Museum of Indonesia, Jakarta
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Events and exhibitions
For event bookings email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +61 2 6240 6504. Events are in the James O Fairfax Theatre unless otherwise advised.
Crescent Moon: Islamic art & civilisation in Southeast Asia
24 February – 28 May 2006
Crescent Moon reveals the sophistication and splendour of Islamic courts in the Southeast Asia archipelago. Royal heirlooms recall a past when wealthy courts, enriched by the spice trade, competed to demonstrate divine blessings through earthly power and material luxury. Lavish ceremonies of the life cycle, such as circumcisions, weddings and funerals, were testimonies of faith and power when displays of fine gold and silver royal regalia and invincible weapons of state, encrusted in precious stones, dazzled the audience.
Sunday 26 February 2pm
Auslan sign-interpreted tour of the exhibition Bookings essential +61 2 6240 6519
Constable: impressions of land, sea and sky
3 March – 12 June 2006
This exhibition will provide an opportunity to see around 100 works by Constable, including Salisbury Cathedral from the Bishop’s Grounds 1822–23, A boat passing a lock 1826 and The Vale of Dedham 1827–28, as well as many of his remarkable cloud and sea studies.
Saturday 18 March 6pm
Join Dr Anna Gray and John Gage, coordinating curators, for insights and a tour of the exhibition, followed by wine and canapés. $40 members and their guests. Bookings essential
Australia and Constable
3 March – 12 June 2006
Such is the power of Constable’s art that it has inspired a range of Australian artists: Hans Heysen, Conrad Martens, Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton, Howard Taylor, Philip Wolfhagen, Kenneth MacQueen and Lesley Duxbury, among others. It is for this reason that in Australia we are presenting a second exhibition alongside Constable: impressions of land, sea and sky, called Australia and Constable, which will include examples of the works of some of these Australian artists, and one New Zealand artist, Toss Woollaston.
Multicultural Film Festival
Windows on Europe
12 – 17 February
Prepare yourself for a cinematic trip around Europe. The 2006 Multicultural Film Festival delivers comedy, political comment and social drama from Europe’s hottest young filmmakers. Presented in collaboration with the Tradies Multicultural Festival and the European Union.
$7 National Gallery of Australia Members/Concessions/Multicultural Film Festival card holders :: $10 others Bookings essential
Sculpture Garden Sunday
Sunday 5 March 10.30am – 12.30pm
Bring a picnic lunch and take part in a family morning of fun art-making workshops and the Sculpture Garden Children’s Trail with gallery educators and voluntary guides.
This event is subject to weather conditions.
image detail: 'That's me. I'm playing in the garden. Near the silver sculpture.' 2004 © Glory
Gallery shop textiles
A beautiful collection of framed silken and beaded textile fragments from Indonesian traditional textiles will be available from the Gallery shop to complement the Crescent Moon exhibition. Prices range from $400 to $3,000.
Textiles are the main form of artistic expression throughout the entire Indonesian archipelago. They were used as emblems of prestige, rank and wealth; fostered fertility; were connected with trade and traditional gift exchanges; and were symbols for agricultural productivity and seasonal renewal.
Gallery shop open 7 days 10am–5pm
visit ngashop.com.au or phone +61 2 6240 6420
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detail: Albert Tucker 'Martin Smith' 1946, oil on composition board, Collection of the National Gallery of Australia