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Current exhibition

James Turrell

a retrospective

13 December 2014 – 8 June 2015


This exhibition follows three highly successful shows throughout 2013—at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Guggenheim in New York. It brings together works from LACMA's tour, with spectacular installations purpose-built for Canberra, drawings, prints and photographs. This is contemporary art like you've never seen before and promises an experience not to be missed.

James Turrell After green 1993 Wedgework: fluorescent, LED and fibre-optic lights
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra © James Turrell

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Current exhibition

NGA Contemporary

Australian art

8 November 2014 – 19 April 2015


This inaugural exhibition in the new NGA Contemporary features a selection of significant works from the National Gallery of Australia's collection of 21st century Australian art, including paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photography, video and the decorative arts.

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Current exhibition

Myth and memory

in recent American landscape photography

12 January – 13 July 2015


Of the twenty-eight artists represented in the gift Corrigan acquired works by photographers whose careers were well-established as well as collecting emerging artists, who continue to acknowledge his goodwill and practical support at a critical time in their careers.

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Mark Klett, Around Toroweap Point just before and after sundown beginning and ending with views used by J.K. Hillers over one hundred years earlier, Grand Canyon 1986, comprising 5 photographs, Purchased 2000 (Detail)

Current exhibition

Alive and Spirited

2 August – April 2015


Alive and Spirited is the latest exhibition now on show in the Children's Gallery. It explores the important role of mythical beings in Aboriginal society; these exquisite works of art are the tangible evidence of the spiritual realm.

Christopher Pease Hunting party, 2003, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 2004 (Detail)

Current exhibition

Colour my world

3 April – 30 August 2015


This is the first exhibition dedicated to a significant aspect of recent Australian art: the handcoloured photograph. It draws together new acquisitions and rarely seen works from the collection by Micky Allan, Ruth Maddison, Warren Breninger, Julie Rrap, Janina Green, Christine Barry, Fiona Hall, Miriam Stannage, Robyn Stacey, Nici Cumpston, Lyndell Brown, Charles Green and Jon Cattapan.

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Robyn Stacey Untitled 1985–87, gelatin silver photograph, colour dye. Courtesy of the artist and Stills Gallery, Sydney (Detail)

Future exhibition


contemporary print culture

1 May – 7 Aug 2015


Informed by the Internet as much as the printing press, this eclectic group of works embraces 'print' in a dizzying array of forms: moving image and digital print, 'found' works cut from magazines, pieces that journal the passing of days, and volumes revealing print's link with idea, word and story.
Drawn from the Gallery's collection, the assembled works are joyful, anarchic, delicate and inquiring, revealing Australian print culture as an art form and a cultural phenomenon endlessly restless and always in flux.

Minna Gilligan Different drum digital print, printed in colour inks, from one digital file on un-stretched fabric Gordon Darling Australia Pacific Print Fund, 2014 (Detail)

Future exhibition

Story of Rama

22 May – 20 Sept 2015


A tale of love, loyalty, betrayal and the victory of good over evil, the Ramayana is one of the world's great epics. The story of Rama: Indian miniatures from the National Museum, New Delhi illustrates key moments from the narrative through one hundred and one paintings. Spanning the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries, the works present a rich diversity of Indian painting.

Guler style, Pahari The great battle between Rama and Ravana c 1780, opaque watercolour on paper, National Museum, New Delhi (Detail)