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top image detail: India early 18th century Collected Indonesia, 'Ceremonial cloth and sacred heirloom' Conserved with the assistance of Brian O'Keeffe AO and Bridget O'Keeffe AM; Gift of Michael and Mary Abbott 1988 Part of the Crescent Moon exhibition
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Events and exhibitions
For event bookings email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +61 2 6240 6504. Events are in the James O Fairfax Theatre unless otherwise advised.
To view the full calendar of events online go to nga.gov.au/Calendar.
John Constable (1776–1837) was one of the greatest British landscape painters, renowned for his landscapes and his ‘pure and unaffected representation of nature’. This exhibition is an opportunity to see over 100 of his works.
‘The harmony of nature, art and music’
Friday 28 April 8pm
Presented jointly with the Canberra International Chamber Music Festival. Celebrating Constable’s homage to the beauty and harmony of nature, an evening of sumptuous chamber orchestra music with The Haydn Bande followed by a viewing of the exhibition. $45; $40 members/concession (includes exhibition entry). Bookings essential (available through Ticketek on 132 849). Exhibition Galleries Foyer.
Australia and Constable
3 March – 12 June 2006
Saturday 29 April 9.30am–12.30pm and 1.30–4.30pm
Lesley Duxbury, artist featured in the Australian and Constable exhibition, provides a beginners’ workshop in monoprinting techniques. Suitable for adults. Presented in collaboration with Megalo Access Arts. $75; $65 members/concession Bookings essential. Megalo Access Arts.
Yogyakarta, Central Java, Indonesia Dance mask of Jatayu , late 19th century wood, gold, gemstones, leather. National Museum of Indonesia, Jakarta
Islamic art & civilisation in Southeast Asia
24 February – 28 May 2006
This celebration of the Islamic art and heritage of Australia’s nearest neighbours – Indonesia and Malaysia, and the Muslim communities of the Philippines, Thailand, Burma and Cambodia – explores the beauty and complexity of the region’s metalwork, textiles, wood carving, illuminated manuscripts, gold, lacquer, porcelain and stone.
By the light of the Moon
Wednesday 19 April (ages 7–12)
Make your own shadow puppets. $15 members. Bookings essential
Fabulous faces from legendary places
Thursday 20 April (ages 7–12)
Be inspired by the ancient poetry of the Ramayana to create an original mask. $15 members. Bookings essential
Daggers and design
Friday 21 April (ages 7–12)
Make a royal dagger or protective textile using collage, construction and printmaking. $15 members. Bookings essential
Wednesday 26 April (ages 7-12)
Explore the magic of calligraphy using ink, paint and collage $15 members. Bookings essential
War: The prints of Otto Dix showcases Otto Dix’s war portfolio Der Krieg of 1924, a collection of 51 etchings with aquatint which is regarded as one of the great masterpieces of the 20th century.
Monday 24 April 12.45pm
Shaune Lakin, Curator of photography, Australian War Memorial, discusses the relationship of photography and the print in Otto Dix’s Der Krieg. Project Gallery.
detail: Edvard Munch 'Tiltrekning I' (Attraction I) 1896 planographic, lithograph, Collection of the National Gallery of Australia
Wednesday 19 April 12.45pm
Victor Greenaway, ceramic artist, discusses his works. Bookings essential. Collection Study Room.
Sunday 23 April 10.30am
View the prints of Edvard Munch with Mark Henshaw, Curator, International Prints, Drawings and Illustrated Books. Related program: the film Edvard Munch will be shown in the James O Fairfax Theatre at 12.30pm. Bookings essential. Collection Study Room.
detail:John Savage 'Prince Giolo, Son to the King of Moangiso' c.1692 intaglio, Collection of the National Gallery of Australia
Screening ‘Edvard Munch’
Sunday 23 April 12.30pm
Special screening in collaboration with the National Film and Sound Archive Cinémathèque. A newly restored and imported print of one of cinema’s most celebrated artist ‘biopics’. 35mm film, 1974, 210 minutes. Bookings essential. James O Fairfax Theatre.
Thursday 27 April 12pm
Presented jointly by Canberra Institute of Technology and Australian National University. Allan Coleman, photography critic and lecturer, New York, gives a world view of contemporary photography. Bookings essential. James O Fairfax Theatre.
Australian Prints, Drawings and Illustrated Books
Tuesday 2 May 12.45pm
‘The tattooed prince’ Deborah Hill, Gordon Darling Graduate Intern, Australian Prints, Drawings and Illustrated Books, discusses a 17th-century engraving by John Savage. Australian Art Galleries.
the Kenneth Tyler collection
international prints, drawings + illustrated books
detail: Piotr KowalskiI 'Project for a distance' 1965, colour lithograph, Collection of the National Gallery of Australia © Estate of Piotr Kowalski part of the Kenneth Tyler Collection