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16 Mar – 15 May 2016

A dynamic and popular exhibition featuring a selection of outstanding student artworks developed for the artmaking component of the HSC examination in Visual Arts, 2015.

20th Biennale of Sydney
The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed

18 Mar – 5 Jun 2016

The Biennale of Sydney is Australia’s much-anticipated major contemporary art event. This latest edition focuses on how the common distinction between the virtual and the physical has become ever more elusive.

Tang 唐
treasures from the Silk Road capital

9 Apr – 10 Jul 2016

Spectacular archeaological findings of gold, silver, glass, ceramics, sculptures and mural paintings from this Golden Age of China.

Brett Whiteley

Fri–Sun only 13 May – 28 Aug 2016

Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills

Special hours

The influences on Brett Whiteley’s art and life were many and varied, from writers and poets to musicians and photographers, painters and art history to places and cultures.

Tracey Moffatt
Laudanum and other works

25 May – 4 Sep 2016

Tracey Moffatt is one of Australia’s most influential artists and the Gallery has a substantial collection of her work, including the photographic series Laudanum and Plantation and the montage videos Love and Other.


28 May – 13 Nov 2016

In this video installation, German artist Julian Rosefeldt works with Australian actress Cate Blanchett to give new life to some of the most famous and provocative writings by artists of the modern era.

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera

25 Jun – 9 Oct 2016

Masterpieces by the two leading figures of Mexican 20th-century art, drawn from the renowned collection of Jacques and Natasha Gelman.

The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes is an annual exhibition eagerly anticipated by artists and audiences alike.

This exhibition features six contemporary Australian artists for whom drawing is a central part of their practice and whose work engages with narrative, memory and experience.

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
One hundred aspects of the moon

20 Aug – 20 Nov 2016

This masterpiece of Japanese printmaking, consisting of 100 individual prints, showcases the skill and imagination that have secured Tsukioka Yoshitoshi’s place in art history.

Beyond words
calligraphic traditions of Asia

27 Aug 2016 – Apr 2017

Highlights the importance of Asian calligraphy as art and in art and the diversity of calligraphic traditions, with works in different mediums from the ancient to the contemporary.

New matter
recent forms of photography

10 Sep 2016 – Jan 2017

Drawn from the Gallery’s collection, this exhibition features recent work by Australian and international photographers who interrogate the limits of photographic representation.


12 Nov 2016 – Jan 2017

Showcases works from the Gallery’s Aboriginal art collection by Binyinyuwuy, Lipundja and Djawa and other artists from the small island of Milingimbi in central Arnhem Land.