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Tackling The Field

5 Sep – 29 Nov 2009

The Field was the inaugural exhibition for the reopening of the National Gallery of Victoria in 1968. Our 2009 display features six paintings shown in this seminal exhibition, from the Gallery’s collection.

Video Swell Sydney

2 Oct – 29 Nov 2009

A video program revealing the remarkable breadth and diversity of video art in Sydney, including Shaun Gladwell, TV Moore, The Kingpins and Kate Murphy.

Operation art 2009

3 Sep – 8 Nov 2009

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

Over 100 works by Romantic artists, including Blake, Turner, Géricault and Delacroix, who turned to printmaking for its unique, expressive possibilities.

Silk ikats from Central Asia
from the collection of the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

2 Jul – 6 Oct 2009

A display of late 19th-century robes, tunics and textile panels presents the remarkable artistic achievement and technical virtuosity of the silk designers, dyers and weavers of Central Asia.

Contemporary collection 2009

19 Feb – 2 Oct 2009

Explores the tradition of landscape painting, how our concept of nature has changed after the digital revolution and the use of natural materials to craft allegories of place.

Nicholas Mangan
Between a rock and a hard place

25 Jun – 13 Sep 2009

The tiny pacific island of Nauru is the starting point for a richly imaginative installation incorporating found objects, collages and video.

Sydney Long

6 Jun – 30 Aug 2009

Purchased by the Gallery in 1898, Sydney Long’s painting Pan remains one of the most favoured treasures of the Australian art collection.

Intensely Dutch
image, abstraction and the word, post-war and beyond

5 Jun – 23 Aug 2009

Presents the work of some of the most important post-war Dutch artists, including those associated with CoBrA and art informel, and those who preceded them, such as Willem de Kooning.

Double take
Anne Landa Award for video and new media arts 2009

7 May – 19 Jul 2009

The artists in this year’s Anne Landa Award for video and new media arts consider what it means to transform the self into another persona.

Ângela Ferreira and Narelle Jubelin
The great divide

19 Feb – 14 Jun 2009

This collaborative exhibition unites the artists’ interests in post-colonial experiences: Ferreira’s in Mozambique and South Africa, Jubelin’s in Australia.

Justene Williams

9 Feb – 14 Jun 2009

This video installation – inspired by the aesthetics of the early avant-garde – references the legendary dance-performances of Sophie Tauber-Arp at Cabaret Voltaire.

Óscar Muñoz

19 Feb – 14 Jun 2009

In this video installation, portraits made of coal dust float on water surfaces before distorting and draining away.

Korean dreams
paintings and screens of the Joseon Dynasty

5 Mar – 8 Jun 2009

This first showing of traditional Korean painting in the Gallery features screens, hanging scrolls and album leaves from the U Fan Lee Collection in the Guimet Museum, Paris.

Mountford Gifts
works from the American Australian scientific expedition to Arnhem Land 1948

21 Mar – 3 Jun 2009

The bark paintings and works on paper from the Northern Territory became the foundation to the Art Gallery of NSW collection.

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

Tim Johnson
painting ideas

13 Mar – 17 May 2009

A visionary and often eclectic search for artistic and spiritual connections between cultures and countries is at the core of Tim Johnson’s art.


14 Feb – 19 Apr 2009

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.

Country, culture, community

12 Nov 2008 – 19 Apr 2009

Featuring over 32 key artists from the Gallery’s collection, this exhibition celebrates Indigenous Australia’s cultural heritage and its many contemporary expressions.

Horace Trenerry’s late work provides the most significant evidence of his genius: boldly designed images that place him on a par with the finest modern Australian landscape painters of his time.

Half light
portraits from Black Australia

21 Nov 2008 – 22 Feb 2009

The first major survey of the work of Australian Indigenous artists engaging with the photographic medium and the portrait.

the world of the Shining Prince

12 Dec 2008 – 15 Feb 2009

2008 marks the 1000th anniversary of Japan’s oldest novel, The tale of Genji. This exhibition shows the imaginative power of Japanese artists to adapt and translate this timeless, popular tale.

Monet and the Impressionists

11 Oct 2008 – 26 Jan 2009

The Gallery is the only Australian venue for this extraordinary exhibition, including 29 works by Claude Monet alongside masterpieces by Cézanne, Degas, Pissarro, Renoir, Sisley and others.