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Colin Colahan Ballet of wind and rain (detail) 1945 Australian War Memorial, Canberra ©   Australian War Memorial

ISSUE 120 | 30 March 2009 | Visit us at Facebook or nga.gov.au/whatson

Misty moderns:
Australian Tonalists 1915–1950

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Percy Leason Two of the artist's children c 1922 Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum, Castlemaine, Victoria Gift of Max Leason 1990 © estate of Percy Leason
Percy Leason  Two of the artist's children c 1922  Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum, Castlemaine, Victoria   Gift of Max Leason 1990   © estate of Percy Leason
part of Misty moderns

(top) Colin Colahan  Ballet of wind and rain  (detail) 1945  Australian War Memorial, Canberra   © Australian War Memorial
part of Misty moderns

21 February – 27 April 2009 | Project Gallery

Misty moderns travels to the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, from the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.

It is the first major exhibition to tell the story of Australian Tonalism, a movement championed by the influential and often controversial painter Max Meldrum in the first half of the twentieth century. The exhibition is brought together from collections around Australia and includes approximately 80 works of art by Meldrum and his followers. The exhibition features works by Meldrum's best known pupils, Clarice Beckett, Percy Leason and Colin Colahan, as well as formative works by Australian Modernists Roy de Maistre, Roland Wakelin, Lloyd Rees, Arnold Shore and William Frater

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Wonder of watercolour
Saturday 4 April 1.00–4.00 pm
Join Ray Barnett, watercolourist, for a demonstration of watercolour techniques and to create your own paintings with his expert guidance.
$45; $40 members | book now | Small Theatre

Sign-interpreted tour
Sunday 5 April 2.30 pm
Auslan sign-interpreted tour introducing the exhibition Misty moderns.
Free | book now (02) 6240 6519 | meet in Gallery foyer

Meldrum and associates
Tuesday 7 April 12.45 pm
Peter Perry, Director, Castlemaine Gallery and Historical Museum, and author of Max Meldrum and associates: their art, lives and influences, speaks about selected works in the exhibition Misty moderns.
Free | Project Gallery

Movie night: Picnic at Hanging Rock
Tuesday 14 April 4.00 pm
35 mm, 1975, PG, 107 mins
MEMBERS
Explore the exhibition Misty moderns with voluntary guides before enjoying light refreshments and screening of the movie Picnic at Hanging Rock. Film supplied by the National Film and Sound Archive.
$10; $5 members | book now | Project Gallery and James O Fairfax Theatre

 

(below) Eug´┐Żne Delacroix  Royal tiger 1829 (detail)  National Gallery of Australia, Canberra  Purchased 1980
part of
Degas world: the rage for change

Eugène Delacroix Royal tiger 1829 (detail) National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 1980

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Louis Marcoussis The table 1930 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 1979Louis Marcoussis  The table 1930  National Gallery of Australia, Canberra  Purchased 1979
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Cubism
Tuesday 31 March 12.45 pm
Christine Dixon, Senior Curator, International Painting and Sculpture, discusses the Cubist works of Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris and Louis Marcoussis.
Free | International galleries

Contemporary art focus 2009: Australian artists talk series 1
Thursday 2 April 12.45 pm
Heather Ellyard discusses her work Inventories and commentaries 2006.
Free | Australian galleries

Monotype workshop
Saturday 4 April 10.00 am – 1.00 pm
Join artist Antonia Aitken and discover the variety of results that can be achieved using monotypes, a type of print made famous by Degas.
$115; $110 members/concession (includes materials)
book now | Megalo Print Studio + Gallery

Louise Weaver Invisible bird 1997 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Gift of Peter Fay 2005Louise Weaver  Invisible bird 1997  National Gallery of Australia, Canberra  Gift of Peter Fay 2005
part of Silently stirring

Contemporary art focus 2009: Australian artists talk series 1
Thursday 9 April 12.45 pm
Vivienne Binns discusses her works Japanese fabric III 2001 and Nylon over the Lachlan 2005.
Free | Australian galleries

Mythic tales in Australian art
(all ages, children to be accompanied)
Tuesday 14 April 10.30 am
Storyteller Kate Collins leads an enchanting journey to ancient Greece and Rome with mythological tales of Circe, Persephone, Agamemnon and others as depicted by Australian artists.
Free | Australian galleries

Pushpamala N: redressing the past
Tuesday 14 April 12.45 pm
Anne O’Hehir, Assistant Curator, Photography, discusses the photo-performances of contemporary South Indian photo-media artist Pushpamala N.
Free | Indian gallery

 

 

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