Previous exhibitions 1999
2 October 1999 – 9 April 2000
DOG creates an opportunity to reflect on "man's best friend" and offers children a means to enjoy an exhibition experience showing pet dogs in the backyard, sled dogs in the Antarctic, hunting hounds and Australia's native dog – the dingo.
detail: Frank Hurley 'Child and Puppy' 1914 National Gallery of Australia
Challenge and Response in Australian Art 1955–1965
27 November 1999 – 5 March 2000
This is the fortieth anniversary of The Antipodeans exhibition and manifesto which was a central and defining moment in Australian art. Works by Arthur and David Boyd, Charles Blackman, John Brack, Robert Dickerson, John Perceval and Clifton Pugh, and contemporary abstract artists represent the period.
detail: Robert Dickerson 'The Bank Clerk' 1959 On loan from the Holmes a Court Collection, Heytesbury
In conjunction with Dale Chihuly's glass are major acquisitions of extraordinary power. A Bigger Grand Canyon by David Hockney is an awe-inspiring 60 canvas painting concerned with the depiction of big space. The related preliminary drawings and photo-collages are shown with the painting. The 'mural' print The Fountain by Frank Stella brings printmaking to a dramatic and technically advanced stage. This work, spanning over 2.3 metres in height and 7 metres in length, marks the culmination of the collaboration between the artist and master printer Ken Tyler. The original collage and the three massive woodblocks with a total of 105 metal inserts used in the production of this work will be shown in the exhibition.
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image: Frank Stella and Ken Tyler working on 'The Fountain' 1992 Photographer: Marabeth Cohen-Tyler
Masterworks in Glass
24 September 1999 – 26 January 2000
Dale Chihuly's vivid creations in glass have earned him the honour of being named America's first National Living Treasure. The exhibition wing will be transformed into an exotic world of colour and light surveying Chihuly's practice over two decades and showcasing new work made for Canberra.
image: Dale Chihuly 'Frog-toed chandelier' 1995 blown glass from Chihuly Over Venice Lismore Castle Ireland Photograph: Russell Johnson
Brian Brake's 1960 photo-essay on India
11 September 1999 – 9 January 2000
Monsoon earned Brian Brake, a New Zealand born photojournalist, an international reputation for his colour work and the photo-essay layout was acclaimed for its atmosphere and poetic quality. Twenty three images from the original transparencies have been printed recently for the National Gallery of Australia.
detail: Brian Brake from 'Monsoon a 1960 photoessay on India' Reproduction courtesy of Wai-man Lau
in Sets + Series
Australian prints 1960s–1990s
6 August – 21 Nov 1999
This exhibition celebrates ten years of acquisitions from the Gordon Darling Australasian Print fund. It focuses on prints produced by Australian artists from 1960 to the present and includes work by Bea Maddock, John Olsen, and Fred Williams. As well as presenting prints of the Australian landscape, the exhibition represents the work of two artists who have often found their subject matter in foreign landscapes: Janet Dawson and Salvatore Zofrea.
image: Lloyd Rees Two rocks on the summit, Mount Wellington from Australian Landscape 1977 Collection of the National Gallery of Australia
One of the finest corporate collections of modern masters ever acquired, the exhibition includes fifty Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works by renowned artists including Claude Monet, Henri Matisse, Edgar Degas, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Alberto Giacometti and Henry Moore.
detail: Alfred Sisley France Un sentier aux Sablons [A path at Les Sablons] 1883 Promised Gift of the Sara Lee Corporation Chicago to the National Gallery of Australia through the American Friends of the National Gallery of Australia (AFANG)
Russia with Love
Costumes for the Ballets Russes 1909–1933
15 May – 22 August 1999
Serge Diaghilev's Russian Ballet amazed the world, inspiring modern dance and transforming the art of theatre. Between 1936 and 1940, the heirs to Diaghilev's company, the de Basil Russian Ballet, toured Australia. The exhibition will display 70 splendid costumes – works by Bakst, Benois, Goncharova, Larionov, Matisse, Braque, Derain, de Chirico and Delaunay with original film footage of performances.
detail: Léon Bakst Chief Eunuch's costume from the ballet Scheherazade first performed in Paris on 4 June 1910 Collection of the National Gallery of Australia
The Moet & Chandon
Touring Exhibition 1999
19 June - 17 July 1999
Each year a newly invited panel of visual arts professionals meet to view the works of preselected artists (aged 20 to 35 years) to select a core of 21 works for the Touring Exhibition. From this selection the Moet & Chandon Fellow is chosen.
The judges this year focused on presenting a coherent exhibition choosing final works which reflect general themes prevalent in youth culture: globalisation, communication and new technology in contrast to ambivalence and social alienation.
The 1999 Moet & Chandon Fellow is Kathy Temin, for her work Troubled times.
detail: Kathy Temin Troubled Times 1997-98
Brack: Inside and Outside
John Brack was one of Australia's most outstanding artists. He was born in Melbourne in 1920, and his work first achieved prominence in the 1950s. For over forty years he was at the forefront of Australian art and produced some of our most iconic images. More than any other Australian artist of his generation, Brack was a painter of modern life – its starkness, its shadows and its brooding self-reflection. His work is characterised by a kind of caustic realism and a strong sense of alienation, undercut with dry, sardonic humour.
detail: John Brack Men's wear 1953 Collection of the National Gallery of Australia
Stream of Stories
Indian Miniatures from the National Gallery of Australia
30 January 1999 – 26 April 1999
This exhibition provides an opportunity to show some of the best works from the Gayer-Anderson Gift: paintings from the workshops of the Mughal courts and provincial areas; Hindu paintings ripe with symbolism from Rajasthan and the Punjab; bold Kalighat paintings of the 19th century; and two modern paintings from the nationalistic Bengal School of the early 20th century.
detail: Andhra Pradesh The Emperor Akbar seated on an elephant c.1780 Collection of the National Gallery of Australia The Gayer-Anderson Gift 1954
Alhalkere, Paintings from Utopia
13 February – 18 April 1999
In the 1990s, Emily Kame Kngwarreye (c.1910-1996) emerged as one of Australia's leading painters. The exhibition traces the brief but impressive career of this artist who started painting in the public arena when she was in her eighties. Kngwarreye's prominence is no overnight sensation; her work finds its roots in a lifetime of ritual and artistic activity. Her energetic paintings are a response to the land of her birth, Alhalkere, north of Alice Springs.
detail: Emily Kam Kngwarray Ntange Dreaming 1989 Collection of the National Gallery of Australia © Emily Kam Kngwarray 1989 Licensed by VISCOPY Sydney 2000