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Warhol before pop

25 Feb – 28 May 2017

The most comprehensive exhibition dedicated to Andy Warhol’s early career in more than 25 years.

John Olsen
the you beaut country

10 Mar – 12 Jun 2017

Surveying the remarkable, seven-decade career of one of Australia’s most distinguished artists, this is the most comprehensive exhibition ever mounted on John Olsen’s work.

The National 2017
new Australian art

30 Mar – 16 Jul 2017

This is the first of three biennial surveys of contemporary Australian art – a collaboration between the Gallery, Carriageworks and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.

David Stephenson
human landscapes

14 Apr – 23 Jul 2017

One of the most important Australian photographers of his generation subverts traditional approaches to landscape photography and alters the way we look at the world and consider our place within it.

Brett Whiteley
decade - 1970s

Fri–Sun only May – Nov 2017

Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills

Special hours

During the 1970s, Brett Whiteley created works that responded not just to his own environment but to the changes occurring socially and within the arts.

Victorian watercolours

2 Jun – 3 Dec 2017

Over 80 magnificent but seldom-seen watercolours made between the 1830s and 1900 from the Gallery’s collection are presented in a Victorian-style display in the historic Grand Courts.

Passion and procession
art of the Philippines

24 Jun – 12 Nov 2017

From the pre-Hispanic and colonial periods to the vibrant art of today, this exhibition brings masterpieces from the National Museum of the Philippines to Australia for the first time.

Mervyn Bishop

24 Jun – 8 Oct 2017

A celebration of a central figure in Australian photography and his contribution to art and photojournalism over half a century.

O’Keeffe, Preston, Cossington Smith
making modernism

1 Jul – 2 Oct 2017

Showcases the iconic art of American Georgia O’Keeffe alongside modernist masterpieces by Australians Margaret Preston and Grace Cossington Smith.

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

Pat Brassington
the body electric

19 Aug 2017 – 11 Feb 2018

Drawn from the Gallery’s collection, this exhibition showcases the work of one of Australia’s most significant contemporary artists and traces her interest in the body as a fluid and flexible form.

Something living

19 Aug 2017 – 25 Feb 2018

Reveals the defiant energy and strange vitality of contemporary figurative painting, with subjects including sex, food, family life, combat and the self.

Out of the ordinary

26 Aug 2017 – Apr 2018

Presents works by Australian and New Zealand contemporary artists who engage with a diverse range of materials in surprising and transformative ways.

Mikala Dwyer

26 Aug 2017 – 4 Feb 2018

New and recent work from one of Australia’s most inventive artists, including a major new suspended sculpture and an experimental creative lab.


30 Sep 2017 – Jul 2018

A display of contemporary abstract paintings from the Gallery’s collection, focusing on unconventional and experimental approaches to the age-old discipline of painting.

Robert Mapplethorpe
the perfect medium

28 Oct 2017 – 18 Feb 2018

Explores the work of one of the most influential visual artists of late 20th-century America, drawn from the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, J Paul Getty Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Rembrandt and the Dutch golden age
masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum

11 Nov 2017 – 18 Feb 2018

A rare opportunity to to experience outstanding works of art by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Ruisdael, Hals, Steen, Dou, Lievens and Leyster, from the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.