Tue–Sat only 26 Oct – 9 Dec 2016Research library and archive
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.
Fri–Sun only 18 Nov 2016 – May 2017Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
decade - 1970s
Fri–Sun only May – Nov 2017Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills
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.
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.
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
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.
29 Jul – 22 Oct 2017
The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes is an annual exhibition eagerly anticipated by artists and audiences alike.
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.
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.
26 Aug 2017 – Apr 2018
Presents works by contemporary artists who experiment with scale and form to transform everyday objects and materials.
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.
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.