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New Australian Bookplate Society 10th anniversary bookplate design award

art from the Tate collection

5 Nov 2016 – 5 Feb 2017

Over 100 major representations of the nude, including paintings, sculptures, photographs and prints by renowned artists such as Pablo Picasso, Lucian Freud, Henri Matisse and Louise Bourgeois.

Art from Milingimbi
taking memories back

12 Nov 2016 – 29 Jan 2017

Presents the Gallery’s exceptional collection of exquisite bark paintings and sculptural forms from the small island community of Milingimbi in Arnhem Land.

Brett Whiteley

Fri–Sun only 18 Nov 2016 – May 2017

Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills

Special hours

Featuring Wendy Whiteley in various poses in the bath, these intimate works, a celebration of love, are both erotic and sensual in form and subject.

Bodies in time

26 Nov 2016 – 2 Apr 2017

Sydney collective B.C intervene in the Gallery’s display of 20th-century Australian art for this work exploring the mythic Australian performance artist Barbara Cleveland.

Time, light, Japan

17 Dec 2016 – 30 Apr 2017

Bask in and interact with Japanese art exploring time and light through video, photography, sound and installation from the 1990s to now.

Yes yes yes yes
graphics from the 1960s and 1970s

22 Dec 2016 – 19 Feb 2017

Discover the playful spirit, visual energy and political thrust of graphic art from the 1960s and 1970s.

Our lands

21 Jan – 18 Jun 2017

Works from the Gallery’s collection that explore the tensions, conflicts, suspicions and political struggles that are central to any discussion about rights to land in Australia.


26 Jan – 23 Apr 2017

A dynamic and popular exhibition featuring a selection of outstanding student artworks developed for the artmaking component of the HSC examination in Visual Arts 2016.

Warhol before pop

25 Feb – 28 May 2017

Drawn exclusively from The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, this is the most comprehensive exhibition dedicated to 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 – 30 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 neolithic, 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
contemporary figurative painters

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 contemporary artists who experiment with scale and form to transform everyday objects and materials.

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.