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2016

December

From Defying Empire to the splendour of Cartier: 2017-18 at the NGA (5 December 2016)
From the Indigenous struggle for recognition, to the glitz and glamour of the Cartier collection, and the unsettling Hyperreal movement in between, the National Gallery of Australia will present three unique exhibitions in 2017-18.

Paul Bangay installation brings a Versailles garden entrance to the NGA (2 December 2016)
Celebrity gardener, Paul Bangay, has designed a new garden entrance to the National Gallery of Australia inspired by Versailles.

NGA launches playful palace for the young at heart (1 December 2016)
Inspired by the upcoming major exhibition, Versailles: Treasures from the Palace, NGA Play opens today and is a creative space for the young at heart.

November

An exhibition for the senses as French Master Perfumer makes history at the NGA
Purveyor of creative fragrance, Master Perfumer Francis Kurkdjian, is creating a unique scent based on King Louis XIV’s favourite flower to perfume the entrance of the Versailles exhibition.

Frank Stella: The Kenneth Tyler Print Collection opens at the NGA
The NGA will open an exhibition of works made by the major American abstract artist Frank Stella in collaboration with master printmaker Kenneth Tyler.

Tina Arena tells the world about the Versailles exhibition at the NGA
The National Gallery of Australia has announced international award-winning performer Tina Arena as the official Ambassador for the opulent Versailles: Treasures from the Palace exhibition, opening in Canberra on 9 December.

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra performs baroque classics at NGA
As part of the opening celebrations of the Versailles: Treasures from the Palace exhibition, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra (ABO) will perform an exclusive baroque concert at the NGA on Sunday 11 December at 5pm.

September

National Gallery of Australia returns two sculptures to India
The NGA is to voluntarily return two sculptures to the Government of India following the discovery of new evidence about their provenance and removal from India.

August

Heather B. Swann’s surreal dream world opens at the NGA today
Heather B. Swann’s engaging multidisciplinary exhibition and performance, Nervous, explores the complexities of intense emotion and the associated mysteries of sight and insight.

Australia's most provocative artist Mike Parr launches new NGA exhibition
Mike Parr is one of Australia's most influential artists and the subject of a challenging exhibition opening tomorrow at the National Gallery of Australia.

July

Ramesh Nithiyendran exhibition opens at the NGA
An installation of five monumental ceramic sculptures by Ramesh Nithiyendran, Mud men, will be on display from this weekend until 29 January 2017.

Blue poles leaves Australia for the first time in decades
The National Gallery of Australia temporarily farewelled its most famous painting – Blue poles (1952) by Jackson Pollock.

Power, passion and the palace: Versailles at the NGA this summer
The NGA has revealed details of the sumptuous treasures from the Palace of Versailles which will be on show in Canberra from this December.

Media statement: Robert Foster
The National Gallery of Australia is very saddened by the death of artist, designer and Fink + Co founder, Robert Foster.

April

NGA launches Venice Biennale exhibition: Fiona Hall's Wrong Way Time
The National Gallery of Australia (NGA) today launched Fiona Hall's Wrong Way Time exhibition in Canberra.

March

NGA partnership with Versailles
The NGA is working with the French Government and the Palace of Versailles to develop a major exhibition in Canberra.

NGA acquires original Tom Roberts easel and celebrates the artist's 160th birthday
The National Gallery of Australia announced the acquisition of an original easel owned and used by the legendary artist Tom Roberts.

February

NGA releases independent review into Asian art provenance project
The National Gallery of Australia (NGA) today published an independent review of the Asian Art Provenance Project.
Click here for the full report and press release.

January

Never before seen Tom Roberts portrait gifted to the National Gallery of Australia
A previously unseen Tom Roberts pastel portrait has been generously gifted to the NGA by the artist’s great granddaughter Dr Lisa Roberts.

Australia's top art students get creative at the 2016 NGA Summer Art Scholarship Program
Sixteen Year 12 students from across Australia will spend this week immersed in the visual arts at the National Gallery of Australia as part of the 2016 Summer Art Scholarship Program.

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