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Stars of the Tokyo Stage

Natori Shunsen's kabuki actor prints


Stars of the Tokyo stage: Natori Shunsen's kabuki actor prints reveals the dynamic world of Japan's kabuki theatre through superb actor portraits created by artist Natori Shunsen (18861960) in the 1920s and 30s. A selection of spectacular kabuki robes further illustrates the extravagance of the theatrical form.

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  • Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Booragul, NSW
    24 October – 30 November 2014

Natori Shunsen Ichikawa Sadanji II as Narukami in ‘Narukami’ 1926 (detail)
from the series Collection of creative portraits by Shunsen woodblock print National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 2006

Stars in the river

the prints of Jessie Traill


Stars in the river: the prints of Jessie Trail celebrates the artistic career of one of Australia's most important printmakers of the twentieth century, Jessie Traill. Embracing the medium of etching in the early 1900s, Jessie Traill forged a radical path for printmaking in Australia through the duality of her vision.

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  • Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery 
    Mornington VIC, 1 Aug – 21 Sep 2014
  • Museums and Art Galleries of the NT 
    Darwin NT, 6 Dec 2014 – 1 Feb 2015


  • Perc Tucker Regional Art Gallery 
    Townsville QLD, 20 Feb – 10 May 2015
  • Tweed River Gallery
    Murwillumbah NSW, 19 Jun – 2 Aug 2015
  • Western Plains Cultural Centre
    Dubbo NSW 14 Aug – 15 Nov 2015


  • Geelong Gallery
    Geelong VIC, 28 Nov 2015 – 21 Feb 2016

Jessie Traill Evening Mallacoota, West 1924, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 1983 © Estate of Jessie Traill

Capital and country

the Federation years 1900–1914


Capital and country: the Federation years 1900–1914 celebrates the art of the newly-federated Australia alongside the work of Australians working in Europe during these formative years of the new century. The paintings by twenty-five Australians invite viewers on a journey through the era and around the world, from patriotic visions of the Australian bush to the bohemian enclaves of London and Paris where sumptuous portraits were produced.

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  • Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, Hobart TAS
    14 March – 11 May 2014

  • Riddoch Art Gallery, Mt Gambier SA
    13 December 2014 – 22 February 2015


  • Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle NSW
    7 March – 31 May 2015

  • UQ Art Museum, St Lucia QLD
    25 July – 1 November 2015
  • Canberra Museum and Art Gallery, Canberra ACT
    20 November 2015 – 21 Feb 2016

W.C. Piguenit Near Liverpool, New South Wales c.1908 (detail) oil on canvas National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Acquired with the assistance of the Masterpieces for the Nation Fund 2005


Australian Jewellery 1970 2012


This exhibition includes the work of 42 Australian jewellers exploring jewellery from a number of viewpoints within six broad themes: Romanticism, Interpreting the Vernacular, Encapsulating Nature, Technics, Social Message and Sculpture for the Body.

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  • Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery, Port Pirie SA
    28 February 4 May 2014
  • Murray Bridge Regional Gallery, Murray Bridge SA
    29 August 12 October 2014
  • Devonport Regional Gallery, Devonport TAS
    8 November 7 December 2014


  • Lake Macquarie City Gallery, Booragul NSW
    13 March 26 April 2015
  • Artspace Mackay, Mackay QLD
    22 May 5 July 2015
  • Rockhampton Art Gallery, Rockhampton QLD
    18 July 23 August 2015
  • Craft ACT, Canberra ACT
    6 September 20 October 2015

Bethamy Linton Winged alates, collar 2012 anodised titanium, sterling silver National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 2012

William Kentridge:

Drawn from Africa


William Kentridge (born 1955) is a major figure in contemporary art, who has established an international reputation as a gifted figurative artist. Working in the tradition of William Hogarth and Honoré Daumier, Kentridge explores themes of the society in which he lives, but in a particularly subtle way.


  • Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo NSW,
    1 February – 29 March 2015
  • QUT Art Museum, Brisbane QLD, 
    3 July – 6 September 2015
  • Riddoch Art Gallery, Mt Gambier SA, 
    1 October –10 January 2016
  • Ballarat Art Gallery Ballarat VIC,
    24 January – 17 April 2016 
  • Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston TAS, 
    7 May – 31 July 2016

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William Kentridge Nose 18 2009 (detail)
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
The Poynton Bequest, 2010

Karl Lawrence Millard Lizard grinder 2000

The Elaine and Jim Wolfensohn Gift


The Elaine and Jim Wolfensohn gift enables people from all around Australia to discover and handle treasured objects. Made possible by Jim Wolfensohn, the Australian-born former president of the World Bank, the gift comprises three art-filled suitcases and the 1888 Melbourne Cup.  The NGA has been touring Wolfensohn gifts to schools, libraries, community centres, regional galleries and nursing homes across Australia since 1990.View more


Blue Case: Technology


  • Port Lincoln Region Arts, Port Lincoln SA,
    12 February – 22 April
  • Mercedes College, Springfield SA,
    28 April – 26 May
  • Disability Information & Resource Centre (DIRC), Adelaide SA,
    28 May – 2 July
  • Alice Springs Library Alice Springs NT,
    7 July – 19 August
  • St Philip's College, Alice Springs NT,
    20 August – 24 September
  • Ross Park School, Alice Springs NT,
    6 October – 3 November
  • Education Services, DET NT ASP region, Alice Springs NT,
    4 November – 9 December

Red Case: Myths and Rituals
Yellow Case:  Form, Space and Design


  • Gympie Regional Gallery, Gympie QLD,
    9 January –  25 March
  • Artspace Mackay, Mackay QLD,
    28 March –  5 May
  • Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns QLD,
    8 May –  2 June
  • Community Arts Network WA, Perth WA,
    6 June –  8 July
  • DADAAA WA (Disability Arts), Fremantle WA,
    8 July –  29 July
  • Wanneroo Cultural Centre, Wanneroo WA,
    30 July – 1 September
  • Geraldton Regional Art Gallery, Geraldton WA,
    4 September – 14 October
  • Keysborough Primary School, Springvale, VIC
    17 October – 28 November

The 1888 Melbourne Cup


  • Albury Regional Museum and Art Gallery, Albury NSW,
    12 February – 1 April
  • Wangaratta Art Gallery, Wangaratta VIC,
    2 April – 14 May
  • Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery, Swan Hill VIC,
    15 May –  2 July
  • Mildura Art Gallery, Mildura VIC,
    4 July – 2 September
  • Victoria Racing Club, Committee Room, Flemington Racecourse
    11 September – 1 December

Karl Millard 'Lizard Grinder' 2000 brass, bronze, copper, sterling silver, money metal, Peugeot mechanism, stainless steel screws, Collection of the National Gallery of Australia

Leon Bakst Costume for the Blue God c 1912 (detail) National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Ballets Russes:

the art of costume


A major exhibition of the Gallery’s renowned collection of Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes including costumes by artists Natalia Goncharova, Michel Larionov, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, André Derain, Robert and Sonia Delaunay, Georges Braque, André Masson and Giorgio de Chirico.


  • National Art Centre, Tokyo
    18 June – 1 September 2014

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Léon Bakst  Costume for the Blue God c 1912 (detail)
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra  Purchased 1987


Sacred gods from Polynesia


The exhibition explores the relationship between atua and art, between spirits and sculpture, between gods and priests, between women and men. It looks at some of the most unique works of art in the Polynesian world and tries to make sense of an enduring mystery surrounding religious objects and their association with belief in gods.


  • Saint Louis Art Museum, St Louis Missouri
    12 October 2014 – 4 January 2015

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Maori Frontal base-board [paepae] from the facade of a chief's storehouse 19th century (detail), National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 1981