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Media Releases 2010 – 09

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DECEMBER 2010 The spirit, colour and vitality of the Ballets Russes brought to life at the National Gallery of Australia. Today the National Gallery of Australia opens its major summer exhibition Ballets Russes: the art of costume.   | More | Fact sheet | Backgrounder

 

NOVEMBER 2010 The stage is set for the revolutionary Ballets Russes this summer National Gallery of Australia announces sponsors for major summer exhibition. The National Gallery of Australia today announced ActewAGL as the Presenting Partner for its major summer exhibition, Ballets Russes: the art of costume  | More

 

NOVEMBER 2010 The National Gallery of Australia and Wesfarmers Arts today announced the inaugural recipients of the Wesfarmers Arts Indigenous Fellowship, Australia’s first arts management fellowship. The winning applications represent a breadth of talent for the future of the sector.  | More

 

OCTOBER 2010 Space invaders: australian . street . stencils . posters . paste-ups . zines . stickers. The first exhibition of its kind at a major Australian gallery, Space invaders delves into the complex, interesting and challenging side of the contemporary Australian street art scene through more than 150 works from more than 40 artists from all over Australia | More

 

OCTOBER 2010 Back in the spotlight: National Gallery of Australia presents an exhibition of first Australian born photographer to make it big in New York. The first major retrospective of the photographs of Anton Bruehl, an Australian-born photographer whose work was once seen by millions. | More

 

OCTOBER 2010 The opening tomorrow of the major extension Stage 1 to the National Gallery of Australia marks a new era in the history of the Gallery, 11 new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander galleries, new entrance and foyer, shop and multi-purpose function hall, the Gandel Hall.  | More | Fact sheet

 

SEPTEMBER 2010 The National Gallery of Australia today confirmed that its “New Look” Stage One Building Project will open to the public on Friday, 1 October 2010. The redevelopment is the biggest transformation of the Gallery since its opening in 1982.  | More

 

AUGUST 2010 The National Gallery of Australia today announced a landmark gift of $7million from well known Melbourne based philanthropists Pauline Gandel and John Gandel AO.  | More

 

AUGUST 2010 The National Gallery of Australia today unveiled a major new acquisition for the national art collection
Within without is a monumental skyspace installation by renowned American artist James Turrell.  | More

 

AUGUST 2010 The first large exhibition ever to explore the captivating art made in Southeast Asia to honour the ancestors and the spirits of nature opens tomorrow at the National Gallery of Australia. Life, death and magic: 2000 years of Southeast Asian ancestral art introduces vibrant, often frightening and sometimes supernatural art from across the vast Southeast Asian region.  | More

 

JULY 2010 Robert Dowling: Tasmanian son of Empire—new exhibition to return artist to proper place in Australian history
The first retrospective of Australia’s first major colonial-trained professional artist, Robert Dowling (1827–1886), opens today at the National Gallery of Australia. | More

 

National Gallery of Australia and Wesfarmers Arts launch new Indigenous Arts Fellowship program
The National Gallery of Australia today launched a 5-year initiative to boost the number of Indigenous Australians in professional roles in the visual arts.  | More | Backgrounder | nga.gov.au/wesfarmersfellowship

 

Hans Heysen—an exhibition of one of Australia�s most loved artists to open at the National Gallery of Australia
Celebrating one of the most pivotal Australian landscape artists of the early twentieth century, Hans Heysen opens today at the National Gallery of Australia and is the first major exhibition of Heysen’s work in over three decades, and the first to be shown in Canberra. | More

 

Au revoir to Masterpieces from Paris, the most successful exhibition in Australian history
The National Gallery of Australia exhibition Masterpieces from Paris, showcasing 112 Post-Impressionist works from the Musée d’Orsay, closed today with over 476,000 visitors, easily breaking the attendance record for any exhibition in Australia. | More

 

Masterpieces from Paris to welcome 400 000th visitor on Easter Saturday
The National Gallery of Australia announced today that they will welcome their 400 000th visitor to Masterpieces from Paris on Easter Saturday. This well surpasses the previous record for an exhibition at any Australian museum or gallery. | More

 

Family fun and free art making at the National Gallery of Australia: Sculpture Garden Sunday 14 March
On Sunday 14 March the Sculpture Garden will come alive with a program of free art workshops for children and families. Now in its sixth year Sculpture Garden Sunday encourages visitors to look at art, think about art and make art. | More

 

Due to popular demand National Gallery of Australia announces extension of season for Masterpieces from Paris
The National Gallery of Australia announced today that Masterpieces from Paris: van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and beyond will be extended by a further two weeks. The exhibition will now be on show in Canberra until Sunday 18 April 2010. | More

 

250 000 and counting! Masterpieces from Paris breaks National Gallery of Australia attendance record
Masterpieces from Paris: Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and beyond today welcomed its
250 000th visitor, breaking the National Gallery of Australia’s previous exhibition visitation record of 241 770 set by the Rubens and the Italian Renaissance exhibition in 1992. | More

 

National Gallery of Australia opens exhibition of the world�s finest collection of Post-Impressionist art � in Australia for the first time
One of the most extraordinary international art events ever held in Australia opens tomorrow at the National Gallery of Australia, with the world premiere of Masterpieces from Paris: Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and beyond—Post-Impressionism from the Musée d’Orsay. | More

 

Ned Kelly gets a new home
Minister for the Arts opens new permanent galleries and display spaces at the National Gallery of Australia. New Sidney Nolan Ned Kelly series gallery, Polynesian and Melanesian galleries, photography space and jewellery, fashion and costume showcases now open. | More

 

Ron Radford AM receives the French Ordre of Arts et Lettres
In the lead up to the opening of Masterpieces from Paris exhibition, National Gallery Director, Ron Radford AM, is set to become the newest recipient of French Ordre of Arts et Lettres. | More

 

National Gallery of Australia opens exhibition to honour senior Indigenous emerging artists
Emerging Elders: honouring senior Indigenous artists explores the works of self-taught artists who all began painting or sculpting after a lifetime of other endeavours. | More

 

Be drawn into art at the annual Big Draw event at the National Gallery of Australia
This year the National Gallery of Australia�s annual event, The Big Draw, opens with a talk by one of Australia�s foremost living artists, John Olsen, on his attitude and approaches to drawing. | More

 

NGA opens largest and most diverse contemporary Australian Indigenous art exhibition in the USA
The National Gallery of Australia’s first Australian Indigenous Art Triennial Culture Warriors opens in Washington DC this week.
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Rare 900-year-old sacred bull sculpture added to national art collection:
Roslyn Packer AO assists the National Gallery of Australia in acquiring significant Asian work of art. | More

 

National Gallery of Australia sheds new light on iconic Australian painter in first exhibition to focus on his late works
McCubbin: Last Impressions 1907�17 is a fresh look at McCubbin�s late work. It concentrates on the last 11 years of his life when he produced his most vibrant works, ones which express his sense of delight in, and comfort within, the Australian landscape. | More

 

National Gallery of Australia announces one of the most exceptional art events ever to be held in Australia
Masterpieces from Paris: Van Gogh, Gauguin, C�zanne and beyond, an extraordinary exhibition presented by the National Gallery of Australia in association with the Mus�e d�Orsay in Paris, was officially announced today by the Arts Minister, The Hon Peter Garrett AM, MP. | More

 

National Gallery of Australia celebrates NAIDOC Week and announces focussed future for Indigenous arts
As part of NAIDOC Week 2009 the National Gallery of Australia has launched several immediate and long-term initiatives.

 

Indigenous arts receive national support for next generation leaders: National Gallery of Australia & Wesfarmers Arts National Indigenous Fellowship
The National Gallery of Australia and Wesfarmers Arts today announced a major partnership to support the long-term development, training and mentorship for Indigenous people within Australia�s visual art gallery sector.

The program will deliver a combination of arts management training, and longer term internships for Indigenous Fellows. | More | Fellowship summary points

 

The National Gallery of Australia to be �stitched up� by a tag crew of knitters as part of the Knitta Please festival of events during the last week of Soft sculpture
The National Gallery of Australia will be holding Knitta Please, a festival of events starting from Sunday 5 July. The week will culminate in a community project, Stitching up the NGA, which is being held from Tuesday 7 to Sunday 12 July.

The program will deliver a combination of arts management training, and longer term internships for Indigenous Fellows. | More

 

The National Gallery of Australia opens the exhibition Soft sculpture
Soft sculpture is a colourful, energetic exhibition. It shows the impact of Surrealism and Pop art, and surveys the use of unconventional materials to emphasise natural forces such as gravity and heat,� said exhibition curator and Curator of International Painting and Sculpture, Lucina Ward.

Exhibition dates: 24 April – 12 July 2009 | More

 

The National Gallery of Australia opens the exhibition Reinventions: sculpture + assemblage
Reinventions features a diverse range of contemporary treasures from the national art collection, including works from the 1960s and 1970s through to the present day by artists such as Colin Lanceley, Rosalie Gascoigne, Robert Klippel, Neil Roberts, Ricky Swallow and Timothy Horn.

Reinventions: sculpture + assemblage opens on 16 May and continues until 13 September and is part of a larger program of sculpture on display at the National Gallery of Australia, including the current exhibition Soft sculpture and works from the permanent collection on display in the National Australia Bank Sculpture Gallery. | More

 

Creatures of the national art collection stir to life in new Childrens Gallery exhibition: Silently stirring
From the deepest, darkest storerooms of the National Gallery of Australia works of art featuring wondrous animals, creatures and beings come to life during the exhibition of Silently stirring.

This exhibition for children looks at animals and beings (real and mystical) that have been depicted by artists in various forms of movement, change and transformation. The many creatures will spread their wings, twitch, fly and buzz into life, to create a fun and interactive experience for all children. | More

 

National Gallery of Australia announces the arrival of the Degas pastel Woman bathing, recently purchased at the Yves Saint Laurent sale in Paris
The National Gallery of Australia announced today the arrival of the recently acquired pastel by Edgar Degas, Woman bathing (Femme à sa toilette) 1880–85. The remarkable pastel was purchased in late February at the Yves Saint Laurent sale in Paris. It has arrived in time to appear in the final week of the National Gallery of Australia’s current exhibition Degas: master of French art. | More

 

Wine writer Max Allen connects Green Fairies and Liquid Stones with Degas at the National Gallery of Australia
The National Gallery of Australia will kick off this Canberra Day long weekend with a Degas focus talk Green fairies and liquid stones. Renowned wine writer and raconteur Max Allen will discuss artists, poets and musicians, who have drawn inspiration through intoxication. | More

 

Family fun and free art making at the National Gallery of Australia – Sculpture Garden Sunday
On Sunday 8 March, the Sculpture Garden will come alive with a program of free art workshops for children and families. Now in its fifth year, Sculpture Garden Sunday encourages visitors to look at art, think about art, and make art. | More

 

National Gallery of Australia acquires rare Degas pastel at the Yves Saint Laurent sale in Paris
The National Gallery of Australia today announced the purchase of Edgar Degas’ extraordinary pastel of a woman bathing Femme à sa toilette (Woman bathing) at the Yves Saint Laurent sale in Paris. | More

 

The National Gallery of Australia opens the national touring exhibition, Misty Moderns: Australian Tonalists 1915-1950
Developed by the Art Gallery of South Australia, the exhibition explores one of the most influential but forgotten movements of 20th century Australian art, Australian Tonalism. It brings together 82 works by the pioneering and often controversial Melbourne painter Max Meldrum (1875-1955) and 17 of his followers.  | More

 

Blues, Roots and HG Nelson take centre stage at the National Gallery of Australia
In association with the major international exhibition Degas: master of French art, in an unlikely coming together of ideas, art and sport, legendary raconteur HG Nelson will deliver a‘spray’, Degas: an Australian great at the National Gallery of Australia, followed by a large outdoor jazz, roots and blues concert featuring an acclaimed line-up of some of Australia’s best contemporary musicians.  | More

 

Exhibition of Degas’ contemporaries opens at the National Gallery of Australia
Degas’ world: the rage for change
, a complementary exhibition to the international blockbuster Degas: master of French art, opens today at the National Gallery of Australia. The exhibition showcases Edgar Degas’ contemporaries and the world that they inhabited, a world in the throes of social and economic change. | More

 

Summer of art with a French master opens at the National Gallery of Australia
Australia’s first ever exhibition of works by French artist Edgar Degas (1834–1917) opens at the National Gallery of Australia on 12 December 2008.Itwill be shown only in Canberra. | More

 

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