Gold and the Incas: Lost worlds of Peru

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Enlighten 2014:
Fiesta at NGA

Culture and creativity illuminate Canberra this Autumn during the ACT Government's Enlighten festival from 28 February – 8 March. The National Gallery of Australia is one of many cultural institutions across the capital that will open its doors after dark to host some exciting events and experiences.

On Friday and Saturday nights during Enlighten, enjoy an after-hours viewing of Gold and the Incas: Lost worlds of Peru – the most comprehensive survey of Peruvian art ever staged in Australia and on display in Canberra only. Exhibition tickets available at Ticketek or can also be purchased at the Gallery.

On 7 and 8 March from 6pm, join us for a colourful FIESTA! of art, dance and live music, as we transform the Gallery's lawns into a celebration of the sights, sounds and tastes of Latin America. Delicious Peruvian-inspired food and drinks will be available to purchase while 6-piece band Tigramuna spice up the party with their award-winning blend of South American music.

Enjoy dance displays by Te Amo Peru and roving performers.

Take part in free art-making activities for all ages and plant your handmade paper flowers in a garden of riotous colour!

Inside the Gallery there are free talks on the International Art collection, followed by free late-night film screenings at 9.30pm – on Friday, The Motorcycle Diaries (2004) and on Saturday, the fascinating foodie documentary Peru Sabe: cuisine as an agent of social change (2012).

Visit our website for more information on the Gallery's FIESTA program during Enlighten.

(cover + banner image): Photograph © McKay Savage / Wikimedia Commons

Garden of
the East
photography in Indonesia 1850s-1940s

Opening 21 February


Garden of the East: photography in Indonesia 1850s–1940s offers the chance to see images from the last century of colonial rule in the former Dutch East Indies. It includes over two hundred photographs, albums and illustrated books from the Gallery's extensive collection of photographic art from our nearest Asian neighbour.

A particular feature of Garden of the East is a selection of family albums bound in distinctive Japanese or Batik patterned cloth boards as records of a colof a colonial lifestyle (for the affluent) in the Indies.

Hundreds of these once treasured narratives of now lost people ended up in the Netherlands in the 1970s and 1980s in estate sales of former Dutch colonial and Indo (mixed race) family members who had returned or immigrated after the establishment of the Republic of Indonesia.








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Through the National Gallery's collection and exhibition program the rich heritage of images by poorly known, forgotten and unknown photographers in Indonesia comes to life for new audiences.

(image) Thilly Weissenborn, 
Balineesch dansmeisj in rust
(A dancing-girl of Bali, resting) c1925  National Gallery of Australia, Canberra purchased 2007

Members news

Become a first time member today and enjoy a complimentary Gold and the Incas: Lost worlds of Peru exhibition entry ticket!

Join the Gallery today for the first time to receive one complimentary Gold and the Incas: Lost worlds of Peru exhibition ticket.

Enjoy exclusive exhibition viewings, participate in members-only programs, be stimulated by engaging events and meet like-minded people.

Members events

Members Curators Dinner
Friday 21 February, 6pm
Join Christine Dixon, Senior Curator, International Art and curator of Gold and the Incas: Lost worlds of Peru, for an exclusive introduction and viewing followed by a three-course Peruvian feast and entertainment.

Venue: Gandel Hall
Price: $190 members, $200 guests (includes exhibition entry)
Bookings essential


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(image) INCA culture, Centre, south and north 1400–1533 AD Llama, gold Museo Oro del Perú, Lima Photograph: Daniel Giannoni

Chocolate and Churros
Saturday 8 March, 8.30am
Enjoy an exclusive early morning viewing of Gold and the Incas: Lost worlds of Peru, followed by hot chocolate and Spanish doughnuts.

Venue: Members Lounge
Price: $45 members, $55 guests (includes exhibition entry)
Bookings essential

Jewels of Peru
Tuesday 18 March, 4.30pm

Join Dr Ximena Briceno, expert in pre-Columbian metal techniques, to unravel the secrets of Gold and the Incas: Lost worlds of Peru, followed by champagne and canapés.

Venue: Members Lounge
Price: $55 members, $65 guests (includes exhibition entry)
Bookings essential

(image) MOCHE culture, North coast 100–800 AD  Necklace quartz Museo Larco, Lima Photograph: Museo Larco

Support us

The National Gallery of Australia Foundation welcomes its supporters back for another big year at the Gallery, revived and fresh after an exciting and busy festive season. As always, the Foundation is working to grow, improve and diversify the national art collection for the enjoyment of all patrons.

Our collection tells stories about our nation, our region and the world and it is the aim of the Foundation to raise funds to support the acquisition of works of art that help in telling these stories. 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.

Through the support of National Gallery of Australia Members, we are currently seeking to raise funds for the acquisition of Hilda Rix Nicholas' magnificent painting The Three Sisters, Blue Mountains 1921-22. 


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Help us acquire this beautiful and significant work of art by donating online to the Members Acquisition Fund 2013–14 or in person at the Gallery, where you can also view the painting on display in the Australian Galleries.

(image) Hilda Rix Nicholas The Three Sisters, Blue Mountains c.1922 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Members Acquisition Fund 2013-14, © Bronwyn Wright


Chandon Sculpture Bar opens

The opening of Chandon Sculpture Bar was a huge success, with great attendance and many guests embracing Pisco Sour cocktails and enjoying the Peruvian-inspired BBQ.

Enjoy after-work drinks, a range of Peruvian-inspired food and relax to the tunes of Canberra's best DJs at Chandon Sculpture Bar every Thursday from 5pm throughout summer in the National Gallery of Australia Sculpture Garden.

In celebration of Gold and the Incas: Lost worlds of Peru, Pisco Sour cocktails are available at Chandon Sculpture Bar and the Sculpture Garden Restaurant.

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(images) Opening of the Chandon Sculpture Bar, Thursday 16 January 2014, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

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Pisco Sour Recipe

A cocktail originating in Lima, it was invented by Victor Vaughen Morris, an American bartender, in the early 1920s.

The Peruvian Pisco Sour uses Peruvian Pisco as the base liquor and adds lime juice, syrup, ice, egg white, and Angostura bitters.

Serves 4

1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar
1/3 cup (80ml) lime juice
1 cup (250ml) Pisco
1 egg white
Angostura Aromatic Bitters, to taste


Step 1
Place sugar and 1/3 cup (80ml) water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to the boil, stirri ng, and cook until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and set aside to cool slightly.

Step 2
Pour the lime juice and Pisco into the warm sugar syrup and stir to combine. Pour the mixture into a blender with plenty of ice. Whiz on high speed for 30 seconds to crush the ice, then add egg white and blend on high speed for a further 30 seconds or until foamy.

Step 3
Divide among 4 glasses, add 1-2 drops Angostura, or more to taste, and serve.

From selected bottle shops. The essential mix of a Pisco sour is 3 parts Pisco to 1 part lime juice and 1 part sugar syrup. If you want to make a maracuya (passion fruit) Pisco sour, substitute the lime juice for strained passion fruit pulp.

National Visual Art Education Conference 2014

National Visual Art Education Conference
21-23 January 2014

Across three days, the National Gallery of Australia hosted the second national conference for visual art educators. The program included national and international keynote speakers including Australian artists Shaun Gladwell, and Fiona Hall AO as well as Emily Pringle, Head of Learning Practice and Research, Tate Gallery, London and Ron Ritchhart, Senior Research Associate, Harvard Project Zero and Fellow, University of Melbourne. Additional Australian artists that were involved in panel discussions included Jonathan Jones, Kathy Temin and Marian Drew.

The program also included sessions with curriculum experts, curators and academics as well as papers on current research and practice from over 40 educators from around Australia. The conference was attended by delegates from all segments of the education sector, including pre-school, primary, middle school, secondary and tertiary educators as well as museum educators from all states and territories in Australia.

In addition to keynote papers and panel sessions, the program included a comprehensive workshop program with workshops by indigenous artists Ricardo Idagi and Sandra and Melissa Aitken, life drawing with Dr Sketchys, a masterclass painting workshop with Jenny Sages, drawing workshops in the Gallery using ipads and other unconventional tools, and print making workshops at Megalo Print Studio + Gallery.


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The feedback from the conference has been overwhelmingly positive – thank you to all of those involved and to all those that attended who helped make the conference such a huge success.

Visit the website.


A gift to
the nation

Capital and country: the Federation years 1900–1914

Capital and country: the Federation years 1900–1914 is a major touring exhibition celebrating the Federation of Australia and the centenary of Canberra. It debuted at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory in Darwin and is touring six venues over the next two years as the National Gallery's centenary gift to the nation. National Gallery of Australia Director Ron Radford will open the exhibition at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery at the beginning of March.

Curated by Ron Radford and Miriam Kelly, former Assistant Curator of Australian Paintings and Sculpture, the exhibition highlights the richness of Australian Federation-era art with paintings by much-loved artists such as Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton, Hans Heysen, Frederick McCubbin, Rupert Bunny and Ethel Carrick featured alongside the work of lesser-known artists such as Florence Fuller, Godfrey Rivers and Richard Hayley-Lever.


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The exhibition invites regional audiences on a journey from the Australian bush, captured in patriotic visions of sunlight and eucalypts, to the bohemian enclaves of London and Paris, where expatriate Australians painted sumptuous society portraits and explored the light, landscapes and ancient streets so different to those at home.

Major oil paintings that are hardly ever off display in Canberra are united with gems previously unknown to the public, some of which are on display for the first time, having been recently acquired, reframed or conserved specially for the exhibition. These paintings tell the story of the early years of a new nation—from the opening of the first Federal Parliament in 1901 to the foundation of our Federal capital in 1913, with the final work in the exhibition dating from 1914, when the shadow of the First World War fell across the exuberant new nation.

Capital and country is generously supported by the Australian Government's National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program and Visions of Australia and by the National Gallery of Australia Council Exhibitions Fund and ABC Local Radio.

See Around the country below for other exhibitions touring this summer.


(image) Tom Roberts Madame Hartl 1909-10, London England, painting, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 1969


New South Wales

The Elaine and Jim Wolfensohn Gift: The 1888 Melbourne Cup | Albury Regional Museum and Art Gallery, Albury NSW, 12 February - 1 April 2014


The Elaine and Jim Wolfensohn Gift: Red Case: Myths and rituals | Gympie Regional Gallery, Gympie QLD, until 25 March 2014

(image) Malay people, Brunei Ceremonial kettle 17th–19th century brass National Gallery of Australia, Canberra


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South Australia

Bodywork: Australian Jewellery 1970–2012 | Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery, Port Pirie, SA, from 28 February until 2 May 2014

The Elaine and Jim Wolfensohn Gift: Blue Case: Technology | Port Lincoln Region Arts, Port Lincoln SA, 12 February - 14 April 2014


Carol Jerrems Photographic Artist | Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, Inveresk, Launceston TAS from 7 February until 23 March 2014

What's on: Palace Electric Cinema

With brand new productions from The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet, and Opéra National de Paris, this season of Palace Opera and Ballet exclusive to Palace Electric Cinema will transport audiences from their cinema chair to the exotics of Asia, the enchantment of Egypt, the bustling ports of Plymouth and the far west of the Americas! Maestros, prima donnas and pirouettes await…

Coming up this January and February, we bring you:

  • Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker from The Royal Ballet
    Jan 31, Feb 1, 2 & 5
  • Wagner's Parsifal from The Royal Opera
    Feb 7, 8, 9 & 12
  • Bellini's I Puritani from Opéra National de Paris
    Feb 21, 22, 23 & 26
  • Giselle from The Royal Ballet
    Feb 28, Mar 1, 2 & 5

For your chance to win one of 20 passes to the Palace Opera Ballet Season please email your details to Palace Opera Ballet.


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All screenings take place Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday at 1pm.

For more information, please visit Palace cinemas.


(image) Poster: Season 2013/2014 Palace Opera Ballet

DVD giveaway: The Broken Shore

The Broken Shore

An evocative Australian crime thriller set against a background of policy corruption, racism and family tragedy!

Joe Cashin (Don Hany: Offspring, East West 101) is a Homicide Detective transferred to the small Victorian coastal town of Port Monro where he grew up. When wealthy benefactor Charles Bourgoyne dies, Joe's investigation uncovers a cycle of lies, betrayal and systematic corruption in a community where tensions over race, class and politics are at boiling point.

Capturing the chilling action and laconic wit of Peter Temple's acclaimed novel The Broken Shore, this television adaptation filmed against the rugged south-east Victorian coastline brings alive the novel's cast of complex characters as it slowly reveals the shocking face behind a community's respectable mask.


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Entertainment One Hopscotch are giving away copies of this DVD. For your chance to win one of five copies, email your name and address details by Friday 7 February 2014.

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