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David Stephenson
human landscapes

15 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
west of the divide

Fri–Sun only 19 May – Oct 2017

Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills

Special hours

Showcases Brett Whiteley’s affinity with the land west of Sydney – encompassing Bathurst, Oberon, Sofala and beyond.

earthly pleasures and heavenly realms

27 May 2017 – 2018

Explore stories and sensations from across Asia, from human desires to the worlds of the gods, through works from the Gallery’s Asian collection.

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

Installations, videos, sculptures and paintings celebrating the diverse and vibrant contemporary art of the Philippines.

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.