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The Ubu diptych
James Gleeson turns 90

21 Nov – 18 Dec 2005

James Gleeson is Australia’s premier surrealist artist and The Ubu diptych is widely regarded as one of his greatest works.

Reflections in time
19th-century portrait photography

13 Oct – 11 Dec 2005

Explores the changes in international photographic portraiture from 1839 to 1900.

Jeppe Hein

21 Sep – 11 Dec 2005

This installation comprises 90 large neon tubes that make a dividing wall from floor to ceiling, with sensors switching sections off or on in response to viewers’ movements.

Daniel Crooks
Train no 1

15 Oct – 4 Dec 2005

Daniel Crooks’ video reconfigures views of a train into a mesmerising animation, which helps break down the conventional relationship between space and time.

The poetic mandarin
Chinese calligraphy from the James Hayes Collection

23 Sep – 27 Nov 2005

Focusing on the cultural life of the imperial Chinese mandarins, this exhibition reveals the important role of calligraphy both in an official’s career and as a leisure activity.

Earle Backen

6 Oct – 17 Nov 2005

From the early 1960s, Earle Backen established himself as one of the finest and most respected Australian printmakers of his generation.

Wolfgang Laib

11 Aug – 16 Nov 2005

The third Balnaves Sculpture Project features German artist Wolfgang Laib, best known for his magical work with pollen, bees wax and other materials used in a ritual setting.

Dobell Prize for Drawing 2005

5 Aug – 16 Oct 2005

The most respected award for drawing in Australia, the annual Dobell Prize brings the remarkable drawing talents of Australian artists into the public domain.

Patricia Piccinini

17 Aug – 9 Oct 2005

Piccinini is one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists. Swell is part of a sequence of works that examines the evolution of nature in relation to progressive technology.

a poetic legacy

10 Aug – 3 Oct 2005

An exhibition of works that reflect the idea of a new picturesque in Australian art, flourishing largely through the legacy of TS Eliot’s poetry.

Rajput: sons of kings
paintings from the princely courts of India

8 Jun – 4 Sep 2005

Colourful Indian miniature paintings depicting the luxurious lifestyle of the Rajput courts of the Indian state of Rajasthan from the 17th to 19th centuries.

Janet Burchill and Jennifer McCamley

26 Jun – 14 Aug 2005

Language and the language of art have often been central tenets in the work of these two artists.

language in contemporary art

20 May – 24 Jul 2005

Considers how contemporary Australian artists use language to communicate through their art.

This annual exhibition is one of the most popular in Australia and often one of its most controversial.

Rose Farrell, George Parkin, Lyndell Brown, Charles Green

8 May – 19 Jun 2005

This project brings together two of Australia’s most established collaborative partnerships, Rose Farrell/George Parkin and Lyndell Brown/Charles Green.

Dadang Christanto
They give evidence

19 Feb – 15 May 2005

A reprise of the confronting and moving, larger-than-life sculptures of human suffering by Dadang Christanto, first seen here at the launch of the new Asian galleries in 2003.

Fred Williams gouaches

9 Mar – 1 May 2005

A selection of gouache landscapes, dating from the 1960s to 1980, by one of the most important Australian artists of the 20th century.

Simryn Gill
Standing still

25 Mar – 1 May 2005

A series of 116 photographs that explores Simryn Gill’s interest in the passage of time and the evocation of place.

Bill Henson
three decades of photography

8 Jan – 3 Apr 2005

The first survey of the photography of Bill Henson brings together many of the artist’s important series and explores major themes from the last 30 years of his work.


29 Jan – 28 Mar 2005

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

Mutlu Çerkez and Marco Fusinato

5 Feb – 20 Mar 2005

In their collaborative endeavours, Mutlu Çerkez and Marco Fusinato create abstract excursions about time and reality.

Six moving image and new media artists feature in the inaugural Anne Landa Award exhibition: Van Sowerwine, David Rosetzky, Peter Hennessey, Guy Benfeld, Craig Walsh and Shaun Gladwell.

The art of Japanese screen painting

6 Nov 2004 – 6 Feb 2005

Highlights from the Gallery’s outstanding collection of Japanese screens, dating from the 17th to 19th centuries and ranging from striking ink landscapes to studies of nature in vivid colours and gold.

Allan Mitelman
works on paper 1967- 2004

30 Oct 2004 – 16 Jan 2005

Over the past 30 years Allan Mitelman has produced a remarkably wide-ranging and varied body of works on paper, unlike any other in Australian art.