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Masterpieces from Paris: Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and beyond

In the 1880s a new generation of artists, including Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Paul Cézanne and Georges Seurat burst onto the cultural scene in France. They announced a break with Impressionism, competing with the older painters and with each other, to develop the range of styles now known as Post-Impressionism. Masterpieces from Paris displays key paintings by famous and influential artists along with the work of their peers, revealing the artistic diversity of the times. This exhibition explores movements such as Pointillism, Neo-Impressionism, Synthetism and Symbolism, as well as the groups of artists known as the School of Pont-Aven and the Nabis.
image: Vincent van Gogh Portrait of the artist 1887 Musée d'Orsay, Paris Vincent van Gogh Portrait of the artist 1887 Musée d'Orsay, Paris © RMN (Musée d'Orsay) / Gérard Blot

From Russia with love: costumes for the Ballet Russes 1909–1933

The Russian Ballet, also known as the Ballets Russes, was founded by Serge Diaghilev (1872-1929). Diaghilev, the Russian Ballet's producer and creative director, rejected conventional ideas of ballet. His great achievement was to integrate design, music and dance. By encouraging the artistic collaboration of painters, choreographers and composers, Diaghilev created a new art-modern ballet. From 1909 until 1929 the company performed in Paris, throughout Europe and in North and South America. Ironically, the Russian Ballet company never appeared in Russia.

Turner to Monet: the triumph of landscape

Turner to Monet: the triumph of landscape presents a landmark exhibition of nineteenth-century Western landscape painting. Featuring one hundred works by the greatest artists of the time, the exhibition showcases Australian landscape painting in an international context and looks at the triumph of landscape as it rises to new importance in the art of Europe and the New World.

The Kenneth Tyler printmaking collection

The Kenneth Tyler Archive Collection consists of over 7000 editioned prints, screens, paperworks, illustrated books and multiples, along with rare or unique proofs and drawings held at the National Gallery of Australia. It also includes documentation of approximately 60 hours of film and sound as well as some 60,000 photographs.

The Edwardians: secrets and desires

The Edwardians: Secrets and Desires showcases the broad range of art created by artists working and exhibiting in London during the years 1900 to 1914. The exhibition reflects a time of great social change — from a period of established order to the beginnings of a more modern world — and reveals the variety of possibilities that became available during this time.

Constable: impressions of land, sea and sky

John Constable (1776–1837) was one of the greatest British landscape painters, renowned for his landscapes, his ‘pure and unaffected representation of nature’. The breadth of his vision of the English countryside is evident in masterpieces such as Salisbury Cathedral from the Bishop’s Grounds 1822–23, A boat passing a lock 1826 and The Vale of Dedham 1827–28.

Monet & Japan

39 of Monet’s best paintings from the world’s greatest collections, alongside an extensive selection of Japanese prints and paintings, vividly demonstrate Monet’s intimate relationship with Japanese art.

Pierre Bonnard: observing nature

The French artist, Pierre Bonnard (1867–1947), was a successful painter, draughtsman, photographer, printmaker, illustrator and interior designer, whose work continues to surprise and attract new generations of art lovers.


The Italians: three centuries of Italian art

The exhibition is an overview of 300 years of Italian art from 1500 to 1800 including masterworks from the Renaissance, Mannerist, Baroque and Rococo eras. More than one hundred works from public and private collections in cities such as Rome, Florence, Bologna, Venice and Naples are displayed chronologically. Subjects include Christian religious imagery, allegory, mythology, portraits and views.

Sean Scully: body of light  

Sean Scully has come into international prominence as one of the most admired painters working in the abstract tradition. His individual painterly style is sufficiently established that all those familiar with contemporary visual culture would recognise his work.

Rough cuts: European figurative prints from Gauguin to Paladino

The aim of this exhibitionis to look at two groups of print-works; not only in terms of their figurative content but also their working methods and surface aesthetic. The first group is the early period of ‘German’ Expressionism, from approximately 1895 to 1925, and the later European neo-figurative period of the 1970s and 1980s.

The big Americans: the art of collaboration

Utilising the Gallery's outstanding collection of international prints, Big Americans documents printmaking at a key 20th Century workshop frequented by significant artists of the day who worked with Master printer Ken Tyler - a major figure of the 'Print Renaissance' in post-war United States of America.

The art of war: Otto Dix’s Der Krieg [War] cycle 1924

Otto Dix was born in 1891 in Untermhaus, Thuringia, the son of an ironworker. He initially trained in Gera and at the Dresden School of Arts and Crafts as a painter of wall decorations and later taught himself how to paint on canvas. He volunteered as a machine-gunner during World War I and in the autumn of 1915 he was sent to the Western Front. He was at the Somme during the major allied offensive of 1916.

Against the grain: the woodcuts of Helen Frankenthaler


Helen Frankenthaler was a key figure in the New York art scene during the 1950s. She was one of only a handful of women artists who successfully contributed to an artistic territory dominated by such giants as Jackson Pollock and Willem De Kooning.

Sculpture garden

Illustrating the development of sculpture during the modern period in Australia and overseas, the Gallery's Sculpture garden holds over 25 works work ranging from human scale to the monumental

Rodin: A magnificent obsession: sculpture and drawings


The Cantor Collection traces its origins to 1945 when B. Gerald Cantor (1916-1996) wandered into the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. There he was "touched" by a marble version of Auguste Rodin's The Hand of God. Eighteen months later, Mr. Cantor purchased a bronze version of this sculpture. This was the beginnning of a lifetime of collecting. Together with his wife, Iris, Mr. Cantor built the largest and most comprehensive private collection of works by Auguste Rodin.

Sculpture garden

Illustrating the development of sculpture during the modern period in Australia and overseas, the Gallery's Sculpture garden holds over 25 works work ranging from human scale to the monumental