Australia’s French impressionist
21 Jul – 11 Nov 2018
Discover the Sydney artist at the heart of impressionism, who was a close friend of Van Gogh and Rodin, dined with Monet and taught Matisse.
23 Jun – 28 Oct 2018
Fantasy, dark humour and a strong sense of theatre characterise this display of works from the Gallery’s collection.
ceramics from Moly-Sabata
11 Aug – 21 Oct 2018
A display of the Gallery’s major new acquisitions from this much-admired Australian modernist painter and potter.
Spacemakers and roomshakers
installations from the collection
14 Jul – 21 Oct 2018
Become a ‘space explorer’ and experience some of the most immersive and expansive artworks in the Gallery’s collection.
Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial 2018
7 Jul – 21 Oct 2018
Presents new work by Australian artists that find a connection between drawing and the moving image.
Fri–Sun only 7 Sep – 7 Oct 2018Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills
Begun in 1999, this scholarship for young Australian painters is now in its 20th year. Its inspiration was the profound effect international travel and study had on the artist Brett Whiteley.
pathways to figuration
Fri–Sun only 31 Mar – Oct 2018Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills
Rarely seen paintings and works on paper from his formative years chart Brett Whiteley’s journey to figuration through abstraction.
12 May – 9 Sep 2018
The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes is an annual exhibition eagerly anticipated by artists and audiences alike.
12 May – 9 Sep 2018
Journey deep inside a Tudor painting to explore the hidden life of a king’s portrait, and the workshop of the artists who created it.
9 Sep 2017 – 12 Aug 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 photographic performance
12 May – 29 Jul 2018
Drawn from the Gallery’s collection, this exhibition examines the way a camera turns any subject into a performer and any scenario into a theatrical act.
from the archive
Tue–Sat only 3 Apr – 14 Jul 2018Research library and archive
Inspired by The lady and the unicorn tapestry series, an Australian artist in Paris created unique tapestry works featuring Australian animals in European landscapes.
10 Feb – 24 Jun 2018
A rare opportunity to experience the beauty, scale and intricacy of a masterpiece of medieval French art that has captivated viewers across the centuries.
21st Biennale of Sydney
Superposition: equilibrium and engagement
16 Mar – 11 Jun 2018
The latest edition of this much-anticipated major contemporary art event examines the quantum mechanical theory of superposition by investigating how it might operate in the world today.
Arcadia: landscape and bodies
3 Mar – 29 Apr 2018
The rock forms, female figures and animals in this monumental work from the 1970s have been crocheted from natural and synthetic fibres.
26 Jan – 25 Apr 2018
This dynamic and popular exhibition features a selection of outstanding student artworks developed for the artmaking component of the HSC examination in Visual Arts 2017.
Fri–Sun only 24 Nov 2017 – 25 Mar 2018Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills
From Bondi to Byron Bay, the beach was an ideal location for Brett Whiteley to stage his extraordinary figures interacting with each other, the sand and sea.
the perfect medium
27 Oct 2017 – 4 Mar 2018
A comprehensive survey that celebrates one of the most renowned photographers of the 20th century, an artist who understood the medium’s ability to alter perceptions and push boundaries.
The matter of the masters
11 Nov 2017 – 18 Feb 2018
Recalling a wondrous ‘cabinet of curiosities’, this display explores a fascinating intersection of art, science and nature in the work of Rembrandt and other Dutch masters.
Rembrandt and the Dutch golden age
masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum
11 Nov 2017 – 18 Feb 2018
Immerse yourself in outstanding works of art by the greatest Dutch painters of the 17th century, including Rembrandt and Vermeer.
Out of the ordinary
works from the ARTAND Emerging Artist Collection
26 Aug 2017 – 11 Feb 2018
Presents works by Australian and New Zealand contemporary artists who engage with a diverse range of materials in surprising and transformative ways.
19 Aug 2017 – 11 Feb 2018
Reveals the defiant energy and strange vitality of contemporary figurative painting, with subjects including sex, food, family life, combat and the self.
the body electric
16 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.
a shape of thought
26 Aug 2017 – 4 Feb 2018
New and recent work from one of Australia’s most inventive artists, including an elaborate suspended sculpture and spectacular levitating balloon work.
28 Oct 2017 – 28 Jan 2018
A celebration of the work of two artists from the Torres Strait Islands, showcasing the unique form of printmaking that is now synonymous with the region.
Passion and procession
art of the Philippines
24 Jun 2017 – 7 Jan 2018
Installations, videos, sculptures and paintings celebrating the diverse and vibrant contemporary art of the Philippines.