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Gary Carsley
Scenic root

25 Oct – 9 Dec 2007

An immersive installation of large photographic monoprints made from scanned timber adhesive foils that together create an image of a park.

One sun one moon

3 Jul – 2 Dec 2007

Celebrates the complex heritage of Aboriginal art and its continual responses to historical change and social circumstances.

Jon Rose
Sphere of influence

21 Nov – 25 Nov 2007

An interactive sculpture installation and performance featuring a 2.4 metre diameter interactive ball that generates both sound and image.

Translucent world
Chinese jade from the Forbidden City

29 Aug – 11 Nov 2007

A unique presentation of Chinese jade from the outstanding collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing.

Dobell Prize for Drawing 2007

24 Aug – 4 Nov 2007

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

Bertram Mackennal
The Fifth Balnaves Foundation Sculpture Project

17 Aug – 4 Nov 2007

The first major retrospective exhibition of the figurative sculpture of Bertram Mackennal (1863-1931), arguably the most successful of this country’s expatriate artists.


1 Sep – 28 Oct 2007

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Cooperative, this exhibition brings together works by its founding members from the Gallery’s collection.

Operation art 2007

9 Oct – 28 Oct 2007

An annual exhibition of children’s art from schools throughout NSW created for the Children’s Hospital, Westmead.

Spanning 50 years of innovation in British art and featuring 40 works, most of which were acquired early in the Gallery’s history and rarely displayed.

The surreal aesthetic

28 Jul – 14 Oct 2007

The fluid and diverse imagery of the surreal aesthetic, linked by transformation and transgression, is explored through a selection of photographic works drawn from the collection.

Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro
The paper trail

16 Aug – 14 Oct 2007

Installation artists Healy and Cordeiro use popular culture to describe everyday life, bridging the gap between populist art and contemporary artistic investigation

The arts of Islam
treasures from the Nasser D Khalili Collection

22 Jun – 23 Sep 2007

Comprising rare and beautiful paintings and a vast range of decorative arts, the unrivalled Khalili Collection of Islamic art includes masterpieces from the 7th to the 20th centuries.

Paradise then
Arthur Fleischmann in Bali 1937-39

5 May – 29 Aug 2007

A display of exquisite figurative sculpture and many fine photographs from Fleischmann’s two years in Bali in the 1930s, as well as a sketchbook recently acquired for the Gallery’s collection.

An incomplete world
works from the UBS Art Collection

19 May – 5 Aug 2007

Selected from the UBS Art Collection and curated with the NGV and Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, these works consider how we have shaped the world and how the world we have created shapes us.

Ishiuchi Miyako

24 May – 5 Aug 2007

This series of moving photos of the artist’s deceased mother’s personal belongings was one of the highlights of the 2005 Venice Biennale.

Anselm Kiefer
Aperiatur Terra

19 May – 29 Jul 2007

Two new major works that represent an enduring theme in Kiefer’s work, where the horizon represents the meeting of the material (earth) and immaterial (heaven), resulting in a moment of transcendence.

Australian etchings and engravings 1880s-1930s
from the Gallery's collection

5 May – 22 Jul 2007

In the early 20th century, artists such as Norman and Lionel Lindsay, Sydney Long and Sydney Ure Smith sought to establish fine etchings and engravings in Australia.

Blossfeldt and the isolated object

21 Apr – 22 Jul 2007

A selection of works from the photography collection focusing on the modernist art of Karl Blossfeldt (Germany, 1865-1932).

contemporary Aboriginal art

2 Dec 2006 – 24 Jun 2007

This exhibition, which includes major acquisitions from Emily Kam Ngwarray and Ginger Riley Munduwalawala among others, pays tribute to Mollie Gowing, one of the most significant champions of contemporary Indigenous art.

Howard Arkley

10 Mar – 16 May 2007

This exhibition brings together Arkley’s paintings of the great Aussie dream home and his hallucinatory abstractions.

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

Gail Hastings
Sculptural situations

29 Mar – 9 May 2007

Hastings proposes four sculptural situations, one of which may have us wonder where the missing walls of Walter Burley Griffin’s winning 1911 plan for Canberra might be.

Anne Zahalka

14 Mar – 2 May 2007

Anne Zahalka is a Sydney-born contemporary photographer whose work has been exhibited extensively in Australia, Europe and Asia since the early 1980s.

the marvel of manga

23 Feb – 29 Apr 2007

Tezuka Osamu is Japan’s leading and most historically important manga artist, best known in Australia for his animations Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion.


14 Feb – 22 Apr 2007

A dynamic and popular exhibition featuring a selection of outstanding student artworks developed for the artmaking component of the HSC examination in Visual Arts, 2006.

Michele Barker and Anna Munster

8 Feb – 22 Mar 2007

A multi-channel video and sound installation that critically addresses the complexities of being diagnosed with a neurological disease.

Albert Tucker
Promised gifts from the estate

17 Jan – 11 Mar 2007

Works on loan from the artist’s widow, including many that have never been seen in public before, which reveal the remarkable breadth of Tucker’s oeuvre.

This is the second award exhibition for the moving image and new media in Australia, established in honour of Anne Landa. It includes digital media from some of Australia’s most innovative artists.

divine energy

13 Oct 2006 – 28 Jan 2007

Surveys the innumerable, imaginative expressions of the divine female found in the art of India, Tibet and Nepal from the early centuries CE through to the 20th century.

Australian abstraction 1965-1985
from the collection

9 Dec 2006 – 24 Jan 2007

A selection of paintings, sculpture and works on paper reflecting the abstractionist movement in Australian art, from its zenith in the late 1960s until the mid 1980s.

Modern Chinese prints
from 'WE' to 'ME'

21 Oct 2006 – 21 Jan 2007

Reveals the very distinct journey Chinese printmaking has made from the 1930s to today.

A Bird in the Hand
paintings by Tony Clark and John Wolseley

14 Dec 2006 – 18 Jan 2007

Juxtaposes recent works by two established contemporary artists on the basis of a currently shared subject matter – birds.

Carl Plate
works from the collection

22 Nov 2006 – 14 Jan 2007

Plate’s intuitive and expressive paintings, drawings and prints were founded in his interest in nature, landscape and organic forms, with a commitment to abstraction.