Exhibitions

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Versailles
Treasures from the Palace

until 17 April 2017

Be seduced into a world of power, passion and luxury this summer. This sumptuous exhibition is a once in a lifetime chance to see and experience here in Australia a mesmerising period in French history. Included are more than 130 paintings, intricate tapestries, gilded furniture, monumental statues and other objects from the royal gardens, as well as personal items from Louis XIV to Marie-Antoinette.


Artists of the
Great War

until June 2017

This powerful exhibition addresses wartime propaganda, front-line experience and remembrance through paintings, drawings and prints by Official War Artists, combatants and women. It also features a special focus on the remarkable artist Will Dyson.

George Coates Australian official war artists 1916-1918 1920, oil on canvas, Australian War Memorial

Open | Free entry

Frank Stella
The Kenneth Tyler Print Collection

until July 2017

Artist Frank Stella and master printer Kenneth Tyler played a significant role in the development of twentieth-century American printmaking. This exhibition showcases a selection of Stella’s adventurous and groundbreaking prints.

Frank Stella Feneralia from the Imaginary places series 1994–97, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, gift of Kenneth Tyler 2002

Open | Free entry

Pipilotti Rist
Worry will vanish revelation

11 March – 20 August 2017

Experience the visceral, colour-saturated universe of acclaimed video artist Pipilotti Rist in this large-scale immersive work that takes you on a trip through the sensual and sublime.

Pipilotti Rist Worry will vanish horizon 2014 (installation view) photo: Alex Delfanne. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth.

Open | Free entry

Rodel Tapaya
New art from the Philippines

18 March – 20 August 2017

Exciting new talent Rodel Tapaya draws inspiration from Filipino folklore and contemporary events in an exhibition of recent mural-sized painting, sculptural installation and works on paper.

Rodel Tapaya The promise land: the moon, the sun, the stars 2016 (detail) Proposed acquisition 2017 Courtesy of A3 – Arndt Art Agency and the artist

Open | Free entry

Defying Empire
National Indigenous
Art Triennial

26 May – 10 September 2017

This major exhibition surveys the contemporary practice of 30 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from across the country, responding to the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum through a diverse group of works.

Yhonnie Scarce, Kokatha/Nukunu peoples, Thunder Raining Poison 2015 (detail). National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 2016. Photo: Saul Steed

Future | Free entry

Hyper Real
Sculpture 1973–2017

20 October 2017 – 18 February 2018

An in-depth survey of human figuration, this exhibition spans more than 50 years of hyperrealist practice. Presenting major works from the 30 artists most representative of this movement, viewers will be surprised by their vivid and lifelike representations of the human figure.

Sam Jinks Untitled (Kneeling woman) 2015. Courtesy the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney

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Cartier
The exhibition

30 March – 22 July 2018

A breathtaking showcase of the world’s most exquisite jewels with loans from royal families, celebrities and the astonishing Cartier collection itself. Portraits, costumes and film will evoke the glamorous world of Maison Cartier and its clients.

Crocodile necklace made as a special order for María Félix. Cartier Paris, special order, 1975. Cartier Collection. Photo: Vincent Wulveryck, Cartier Collection © Cartier

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