Issue 167 | February 2013
Upcoming exhibitions | Interview: Summer Scholar | Members news | Events | Recipe | Special offers
01 Toulouse-Lautrec
Paris & the Moulin Rouge

February is full of public programs for Toulouse-Lautrec, offering many opportunities to enrich your experience of the exhibition. Highlights include:

Masterclass series
Each Wednesday 6 to 27 March 6.00 – 8.00 pm

A four-week series of Masterclass lectures by key academics and experts in Toulouse-Lautrec. This series is ideal for enthusiasts who want to delve deeply into the rich artistic content of the exhibition. The one-hour lectures are followed by an exhibition viewing from 7.00 – 8.00 pm.

$140, $120 concession, $100 members (includes four lectures and exhibition entries) | bookings essential | James O Fairfax Theatre

Introduction to Toulouse-Lautrec
Each Tuesday 5 February to 12 March 5.30 – 7.30 pm

An informative introduction to the exhibition followed by an exclusive after-hours exhibition viewing of Toulouse-Lautrec.

$40, $35 members/concession (includes exhibition entry) | bookings essential | James O Fairfax Theatre

(banner image) Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec 'The Englishman at the Moulin Rouge [L’anglais au Moulin Rouge]'1892 Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, David Murray Bequest Fund 1932

Event PackagesIncluding Exhibition ticket

Premium Early entry plus breakfast
Relax in the tranquil Sculpture Garden Restaurant with breakfast and then view the exhibition before the Gallery opens to the public.
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays

Includes a two course lunch in the Sculpture Garden Restaurant at 12pm or 2pm.
Wednesday – Sunday

Lautrec’s Tea Salon
Enjoy a Parisian High Tea with French flavours after you view the exhibition.
Daily from 3pm

Cabaret & Curator Dinner
Evening viewing including a 3 course French inspired dining experience.
Saturday 2 March 2013

02 Coming soon
Exhibitions opening
in February

Kastom: Art of Vanuatu

It is a rare thing indeed to be able to say “I met an ogress at the National Gallery of Australia” however the forthcoming Kastom: Art of Vanuatu includes one as well as other spirits, such as Batru. Batru looks upon first impression to have a pair of horns. Horns they are not! Within the cultures of Malakula Island during the early 1970s when these works were created, Batru were very real dangers who crept up behind the unaware with those overreaching arms, ready to grab them and steal them away.

Amanpuitas 'Batru'  c.1972 (detail) National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased by J-M Charpentier on behalf of the Commonwealth Arts Advisory Board

The ogress is Vimpuri, a very important spirit to be feared and respected. The representation below is a type of mask which is worn over the head of the performer. Upon the ogress’s shoulders is her child kept up out of harm's way.
These two works plus over fifty more arts from Vanuatu, which have never been shown before, help to tell the story of a period of the National Gallery's collecting history, but more importantly have their own stories about Vanuatu kastom and culture.

Kastom: Art of Vanuatu is on display from 8 February – 16 June 2013 in the Orde Poynton Gallery.

Ajningleu 'Vimpuri'  c.1972 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased by J-M Charpentier on behalf of the Commonwealth Arts Advisory Board

(banner image) Jessie Traill 'Good night in the gully where the white gums grow' 1922 (detail) National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 1977
© Estate of Jessie Traill

Stars in the river: the prints of Jessie Traill

This eagerly anticipated exhibition celebrates one of Australia’s most important printmakers of the early 20th century, Jessie Traill.

Embracing the medium of etching in the early 1900s, Traill forged a radical path for printmaking in Australia through the duality of her vision. From sublime aquatints of the natural landscape through to her major series documenting the construction of the Sydney Harbour bridge, the prints of Jessie Traill combine her poetic sensitivity with an unerring eye for line and form. Her large, bold and dramatic compositions are recognised as vital to the evolution of post-war Modernism, with her unique visual expression finding an ideal medium in the etching plate.

Over the last 30 years, the NGA has built up an outstanding collection of prints by Jessie Traill and we are privileged to present the first major survey of her work.

The exhibition is accompanied by a generously illustrated publication featuring an introduction by Roger Butler and essays by Tim Bonyhady, Sarina Noordhuis-Fairfax, Rebecca Edwards and Macushla Robinson, with a biographical chronology, exhibition history, bibliography and an extended catalogue of all works by Jessie Traill held in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia.

Stars in the river: the prints of Jessie Traill is on display from 16 February – 23 June 2013 in the Project Gallery.

Jessie Traill 'Building the Harbour Bridge VI: Nearly complete, June 1931' 1931 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 1979
© Estate of Jessie Traill

03 Members news

With January a mere memory and the New Year already in full swing, we have been busy here in the Membership office preparing for the year ahead. 

Toulouse-Lautrec continues and if you haven’t yet had a chance to experience this wonderful exhibition at one of our special members events, we still have tickets available for Coffee & Croissants taking place on Thursday 7 March at 8.30am. Members will be able to view the exhibition before it opens to the public followed by coffee and croissants. Bookings are essential.


If you’re visiting the exhibition remember to have a look at Divan Japonais 1893.  This is the Toulouse-Lautrec lithograph currently being purchased for the national collection through the Members Acquisition Fund. It’s a fabulous poster.

To find out about upcoming members events and to book online visit the members page at

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04 Event
highlights Go to calendar
for all events

05 Meet the Summer ScholarKayla Flett

From 13 to 19 January the Gallery hosted 16 students from across the nation for the National Summer Art Scholarship. The scholarship program offers an opportunity to engage with staff at the National Gallery of Australia, as well as other arts professionals, artists and peers through a range of workshops and behind-the-scenes tours.

Kayla, 17, came from Nightcliff in Darwin to participate in the program. Interested in design and art history, she is studying creative arts for her final year at school. 

This is your first time in a large art gallery, what has the experience meant to you?

It's been overwhelming to see artworks that I've studied in the flesh. I'm so used to googling things! It's the first time I've seen works by artists like Picasso, Monet and Modigliani, and the cubist works in particular have inspired me for my major work. You don't get to see pieces like that in Darwin.

Tell us about your experiences throughout the week, what are some highlights?

I really enjoyed life drawing and the mono-printing workshop. Brent Harris [visiting artist] encouraged us to make “dumb marks”, to loosen up and relax. Seeing the current retrospective on Toulouse-Lautrec was also great as I love the French poster designers and he’s my favourite. We were lucky to be given a private tour of the show when no one else was in the space. It made it a more intimate experience.

What have you learnt over the course of the week and what influence has the program had on your plans for the future?

I've learnt so much! We had behind-the-scenes tours of areas such as Conservation and Quarantine and I've realised how much work and how many people are involved in running the Gallery and making exhibitions happen. I'll never look at a gallery in the same way again.

The program has made me think more seriously about studying art history; I think I might do a double degree in graphic design and art history, possibly at RMIT in Melbourne. I'm also interested in interior design and fashion, so I'm still undecided. We met a girl who did the Summer Scholarship program a few years back and who is now working at the National Portrait Gallery, so it shows that it can open up a lot of doors.

For more information on the National Summer Art Scholarship click here

Photos from this year's program can be viewed on our Facebook page

(banner image) Students play dress ups in the Toulouse-Lautrec Family Activity Room

06 Canberra connectionCelebrating the Centenary with works from the
national collection

During 2013, in celebration of the centenary of Australia’s Federal Capital, Canberra, each month artonline will feature a work from the national collection with a strong connection to Canberra and this region, recognising the excellent artistic community and rich history of the ACT. Jacqueline Chlanda, Curatorial Assistant, Australian Painting and Sculpture begins the year with a reflection on Rosalie Gascoigne's Plenty 1986.

It was a place I always knew (and it knew me).*            
- Rosalie Gascoigne

Born in New Zealand, Rosalie Gascoigne was 26 when she moved to Canberra in 1943 to marry astronomer Ben Gascoigne. She grew to know the region intimately, living here until her death in 1999, for the first 17 years living at Mount Stromlo near the Observatory. In this country Gascoigne would find the materials that fed her practice, gathering found objects on long walks on the mountain, surrounding paddocks and subsequent journeys further field. Here too the artist would find the focus of her meditation in the landscape, translating it with remarkable lucidity and originality in her sculptural installations and wall pieces.

Plenty 1986 is one of numerous works the artist assembled from sawn-up wooden soft drink crates. Composed along vertical and horizontal lines, small, slim pieces of weathered yellow wood fit together in seven panels. The work is at first striking for its symmetrical stillness, especially when considered alongside the dynamic lines of similar works like Monaro 1989.

Rosalie Gascoigne 'Plenty' 1986
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 1987
© Rosalie Gascoigne. Licensed by Viscopy

Yet there is a gentle movement in Plenty that seems to occur almost incidentally, by way of the variation in colour and the uneven lines through the centre of each panel where the small pieces of wood join. The landscape is present, as always, yet at the fore is a focus on construction and materiality.

Whereas many of the titles Gascoigne gave her works identified their physical source, a place or a natural feature, Plenty suggests something less tangible – the sustaining qualities of her subject, her practice and the yielding land of her adopted home which was always central.

*Rosalie Gascoigne quoted in Gellatly, Kelly, Rosalie Gascoigne, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2008. p.11

07 Support us

The National Gallery of Australia tells stories about our nation, our region and the world. The aim of the National Gallery of Australia Foundation is to raise funds to support the acquisition of works of art that enhance the national art collection. In making a donation to the National Gallery of Australia through the Foundation you make a permanent, immediate and significant impact on the development of the national art collection.

The Foundation is currently seeking to raise funds in support of the acquisition of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s magnificent lithograph Divan Japonais 1893. This is an important and dynamic work that is currently on display in the National Gallery of Australia’s major summer exhibition, Toulouse-Lautrec: Paris & the Moulin Rouge, which will be on display until 2 April 2013.

Please help us to continue to support the development of the national art collection by donating towards the acquisition of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s Divan Japonais 1893. Every donation at every level makes a difference.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec 'Divan Japonais' 1893 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Purchased with the assistance of the Members Acquisition Fund 2012

08 Eat art Serge Dansereau's garfish fillet with lemon, green vegetables and zucchini frittata inspired by Max Dupain's Sunbaker

In 2004, the NGA produced a cookbook called 'Eat Art' featuring recipes by well-known chefs in response to works of art in the Gallery's collection. We are pleased to be able to share some of these recipes with you in artonline.

Serge Dansereau chose Max Dupain's Sunbaker 1937 as his inspiration. Below is what Serge wrote about the work and what it means to him.

'To me Max Dupain’s Sunbaker represents an idealistic period in an expanding Australian society which was growing in confidence.  The Sunbaker reminds of the ritual of the beach at a sun-carefree time; it is such a strong illustration of the Australian ideal that has always impressed me.  Dupain shows the human side of ritual locked in an era when the Bather’s Pavilion at Balmoral Beach was built – this image relates so much to our building.  I will always admire his vision, his photography and the realistic environment that was Australia.'

Max Dupain ‘Sunbaker’ 1937 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 1976

Download Serge Dansereau's recipe for garfish fillet with lemon, green vegetables and zucchini frittata

09 Travelling Exhibitions

2012 Highlights

In 2012, the NGA toured 9 exhibitions to 38 venues across Australia.  Over 156,000 people were able to view the national art collection in their communities and enjoy a rich diversity of artworks, from street artists HaHa, DLux and Mini Graff, to the internationally renowned American artist Roy Lichtenstein and iconic Australian artists such as Tom Roberts, Grace Crowley, Girolamo Nerli, George W. Lambert and Fred Williams.

School children and people with special access requirements also discovered the delights hidden inside the Elaine and Jim Wolfensohn Travelling Cases and enjoyed being able to hold them and learn their stories.

For details of exhibitions travelling in 2013 please click here

10 Tune in! For your chance to win an exclusive viewing of Toulouse-Lautrec

Listen in to your ABC Local Radio station and Classic FM this February for your chance to win a fantastic Toulouse-Lautrec experience at the National Gallery of Australia! You could join ABC Nightlife’s Tony Delroy, Classic FM’s Emma Ayres and National Gallery Director Ron Radford for a special viewing of the exhibition followed by a cocktail reception at the French Ambassador's Residence!

Emma Ayres, ABC Classic FM presenter, at the exclusive ABC Local Radio and Classic FM promotion for Ballets Russes: the art of costume event

The prize also includes return flights from your nearest capital city, two night’s twin share accommodation, including breakfast, and a complimentary exhibition catalogue.

Please check ABC Local Radio competition sites for more details, how to enter and prize terms and conditions.

*This promotion is not exclusive to artonline subscribers.

11 Win tickets to see
War Horse

In this special opportunity for artonline subscribers, you have the chance to be one of the first to see The National Theatre of Great Britain’s smash hit production, WAR HORSE.

Win a double pass to one of the biggest theatrical blockbusters seen in London and New York. Tickets are for Saturday 16 March at 7.30pm.

An extraordinary tale of courage, loyalty and friendship, the multi Tony and Olivier Award-winning WAR HORSE opens at the Sydney Lyric from 16 March for a strictly limited season.

To enter, email your contact details to by COB Friday 15 February.

12 Test drive
a Renault
to win!

As a Major Sponsor of Toulouse-Lautrec: Paris & the Moulin Rouge, Rolfe Renault Canberra would like to offer one (1) complimentary untimed exhibition ticket per household to anyone who test drives a Renault Megane or Renault Vehicle at 152 Melrose Drive Phillip ACT between 4 - 15 February 2013*.  After the test drive, you will also automatically enter into a draw to win one (1) complimentary bottle of Veuve at the National Gallery of Australia's Sculpture Bar** until the close of the Toulouse-Laturec exhibition on 2 April 2013.   

*To receive the complimentary Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition ticket, you must  test drive a Renault at the specified address/times with Phillip Fairhall on (02) 6282 8000 or e-mail him
**The Sculpture Bar is open on Friday's ONLY.  You must test drive a Renault to automatically enter into the Sculpture Bar prize.  Prize packages are non-transferrable.