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image: Sidney Nolan Death of Constable Scanlon 1946 (detail) National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. 
Gift of Sunday Reed 1977
 Image: Sidney Nolan Death of Constable Scanlon 1946 (detail)
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Gift of Sunday Reed 1977

ISSUE 134 | May 2010 | Twitter Facebook Flickr Delicious nga.gov.au/socialmedia

Masterpieces from Paris has left for Tokyo and it will be missed but we're excited to focus on the national collection once more. Emerging Elders continues and Hans Heysen opens at the Gallery this month; McCubbin: Last Impressions has recently opened in Bendigo and Robert Dowling opens this month in Geelong. We are also celebrating the much-loved work of Sidney Nolan this May with A Focus on Nolan program of events.

But first, a quick look back on the most successful exhibition in Australian history. Getting 476,000 people through the doors was a challenge for all involved but we have heard some great stories of inspiration and engagement with art through the comments left in the foyer, Twitter, facebook and emails.

Dorothea (Dash) Kossman &  security guard John Verheul

Gallery member and art student Dorothea (Dash) Kossmann used her season pass to visit Masterpieces 25 times, from the very first day it opened to being the last person driven from the exhibition by a friendly security guard on the final day. While her first visit was a little over-whelming she found return visits enabled her to engage with the art in different ways. While attempting to burn the works of art into her visual memory Dorothea kept seeing something new each time, right up until the last day when she noticed a tiny dash of red on one of the figures in Starry Night. What revelations or surprises did you find? Please share with us on our brand new blog which we will be building up over the coming months.

Event highlights
NB: For a full listing of events please go to the calendar
nga.gov.au/calendar

A Focus on Nolan

image: Sidney Nolan Sidney Nolan Quilting the armour 1947 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Gift of Sunday Reed 1977 Sidney Nolan Quilting the armour 1947 (detail)
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Gift of Sunday Reed 1977

Remembering Sidney Nolan  
Wednesday 5 May 12:45 pm 
Free | Sidney Nolan—Ned Kelly series gallery
Ron Radford AM, Director, introduces the Sidney Nolan—Ned Kelly series gallery, and discusses the Ned Kelly paintings with Deborah Hart, Senior Curator, Australian Painting and Sculpture post-1920.

Kelly culture 
Thursday 13 May 12:45 pm 
Free | Small Theatre
Clare Williamson, Exhibition Curator, State Library of Victoria, and co-curator of Kelly culture: reconstructing Ned Kelly, discusses the legendary outlaw and the influence of his story on visual arts, music, cinema and literature.

Ned Kelly (2003)
35 mm, 2003, MA, 110 mins
Sunday 16 May 2:00 pm 
Free | James O Fairfax Theatre
A film about the legendary outlaw whose story outgrew his life. Directed by Gregor Jordan, starring Heath Ledger.

image: Sidney Nolan Head of soldier 1942
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Gift of Sunday Reed 1977Sidney Nolan Head of soldier 1942
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
© Sidney Nolan Trust

Ned Kelly (1970)
35 mm, 1970, M, 106 mins
Sunday 23 May 2:00 pm 
Free | James O Fairfax Theatre
Filmed in 1970, the story of 19th-century Australian bushranger Ned Kelly. Directed by  Tony Richardson, starring Mick Jagger.

Nolan and war
Thursday 27 May 1:.45 pm 
Free | Small Theatre
Lola Wilkins, curator of the recent exhibition Nolan: the Gallipoli series at the Australian War Memorial, talks about significant works by Sidney Nolan and how they relate to Australia’s wartime history.

image: Hans Heysen Droving into the light 1914-1921 (detail) Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth

Hans Heysen Droving into the light 1914-1921 (detail) Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, gift of Mr W H Vincent, 1922

Hans Heysen
14 May – 11 July | Exhibition Galleries

image: Hans Heysen Bronzewings and saplings 1921 (detail)
Art Gallery of South Australia, AdelaideHans Heysen Bronzewings and saplings 1921 (detail)
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australian Government Grant 1937

Hans Heysen (1877–1968) painted the majesty of Australia. He made the gum tree the hero of his nationalistic Federation-period pictures and was one of the first to paint the magnificence of the Flinders Ranges. He changed the way people viewed the Australian landscape and was pivotal to the development of twentieth-century landscape painting in Australia.
Hans Heysen is an Art Gallery of South Australia touring exhibition.

Curator’s perspective
Saturday 15 May 2:00 pm
Free | James O Fairfax Theatre
Anna Gray, Head of Australia Art, presents an illustrated lecture on the works of Hans Heysen.

Heysen on screen
Saturday 15 and 22 May 3:00 pm 
Free | James O Fairfax Theatre
Enjoy a selection of short documentaries exploring the life and work of this important 20th-century landscape painter:

  • Heysen on Heysen (16 mm, 1977, G, 15 mins)
  • Great Australian artists: Hans Heysen—recollections (VHS, 1991, G, 28 mins)
  • Landscape with figures: the mateship commune (16 mm, 1975, G, 30 mins)

image: Gulumbu Yunupingu Garak I (The Universe) 2004
National Gallery of Australia, CanberraGulumbu Yunupingu Garak I (The Universe) 2004
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased 2005
© Gulumbu Yunupingu

Hans Heysen members premiere  
Saturday 15 May 6:00 pm 
members
$50 members and their guests | Bookings essential (02) 6240 6528 | Meet in Gallery foyer
| Dress code: cocktail attire
Evening commences with an introduction by Dr Anna Gray, Head of Australian Art, National Gallery of Australia. Followed by reception and viewing.

International Museum Day
Tuesday 18 May 2010
To celebrate International Museum Day, the Gallery is offering free entry to Hans Heysen.

Director’s view
Thursday 20 May 12:45 pm 
Free after exhibition entry | Exhibition Galleries
Ron Radford AM gives an overview of Hans Heysen.

The essence of the landscape  
Wednesday 26 May 12:45 pm 
Free after exhibition entry | Exhibition Galleries
Anna Gray, Head of Australian art, talks about form and structure in Heysen’s iconic landscapes.

A nation’s inheritance  
Saturday 29 May 2:00 pm 
Free | James O Fairfax Theatre
Alan Campbell, Curator of The Cedars, the old Heysen family home and studio, speaks about Heysen’s works in The Cedars collection.

 

Collection

image:Robert Klippel Number 157, the tower 1963
National Gallery of Australia, CanberraRobert Klippel Number 157, the tower 1963
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased 1981

 A view from north-east Arnhem Land  
Tuesday 18 May 12:45 pm 
Free | Project Gallery
To celebrate International Museum Day, Gulumbu Yunupingu, artist and Gumatj woman from Yirrkala, and Will Stubbs, Coordinator of Buku Larrnggay Mulka Arts Centre, discuss Yunupingu's art.

Buddhas of the past and future  
Tuesday 25 May 12:45 pm 
Free | Southeast Asian gallery
Melanie Eastburn, Curator, Asian Art, discusses the Gallery’s rare Thai temple banner and introduces Maitreya, Buddha of the future, and the many Buddhas of the past.

Sculpture and shadow  
Wednesday 26 May 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
$30, $25 members/concession | bookings essential | NAB Sculpture Gallery
Draw directly from the Gallery’s collection of sculpture. Join Penny Low, Gallery educator, to learn techniques using line and tone to create shadow and structure.

image:Robert Dowling Mrs Adolphus Sceales with Black Jimmie on Merrang Station 1855�56

Robert Dowling Mrs Adolphus Sceales with Black Jimmie on Merrang Station 1855–56 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Purchased from the Founding Donor Fund 1984. Part of Robert Dowling: Tasmanian son of Empire

Robert Dowling:
Tasmanian son of Empire 
 
 nga.gov.au/dowling
8 May – 11 July 2010 | Geelong Gallery, Geelong, VIC
24 July – 3 October 2010 | National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT

McCubbin:
Last Impressions 1907–17  
 
 nga.gov.au/mccubbin
24 April – 25 July 2010 | Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo Vic

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