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John Russell – Australia’s French impressionist Exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW

Part of the French avant-garde of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, John Russell was a close friend of Vincent van Gogh and Auguste Rodin, taught impressionist colour theory to Henri Matisse and dined with Claude Monet. Yet history has largely forgotten Russell, who was a key member of this ground-breaking group of artists during one of the most exhilarating periods in art history. Bringing together 120 paintings, drawings and watercolours – including a number of works by his ...

The Lady and the Unicorn Exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW

Revered as a national treasure in France, and known as the 15th-century ‘Mona Lisa of the Middle Ages’ The lady and the unicorn tapestry cycle will be making its exclusive appearance in Australia at the Art Gallery of NSW through a generous and exceptional loan from the collection of the Musée de Cluny – Musée national du Moyen Âge in Paris. The six large tapestries each depict a richly costumed lady flanked by that most mysterious animal, the unicorn, with jewel-like millefleur ...

Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium Exhibition at Art Gallery of NSW

Robert Mapplethorpe: the perfect medium 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. This comprehensive survey of Robert Mapplethorpe’s career features over 200 works, including floral still lifes, portraits, figure studies and erotic imagery that charts his involvement in New York’s gay scene, as well as a selection of archival material providing insights into his ...

Rembrandt and the Dutch golden age – masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum Exhibition

Drawn from the Rijksmuseum, the renowned national collection of the Netherlands, this exhibition includes a rare painting by Johannes Vermeer and a room dedicated to one of the greatest minds in the history of art, Rembrandt van Rijn. Rembrandt and the Dutch golden age presents a richly unfolding panorama of Dutch society during an era of unparalleled wealth, power and cultural confidence. In the Dutch golden age, the art of painting flourished like never before. Artists sensitively ...

Film series: Straight-laced and scandalous – Stories from the Victorian era

In many ways it can be seen as an optimistic period which witnessed the beginning of modern times: the Victorians promoted the middle class, developed a global vision, fostered legal justice and attempted to eradicate poverty and child-labour. Conversely, it can be seen a time of oppression and hypocrisy.   //   Victorian society was bound by inflexible rules and social inhibitions. These codes were especially harsh for women. With the institution of marriage often ...

Victorian Watercolours Exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW

Victorian watercolours were among the very first works of art acquired by the Art Gallery of NSW. Painted in an elaborate, highly finished style that claimed consideration on equal terms with oil painting, they were highly prized in the 19th century. Watercolour painters embraced new and ambitious subjects and usually displayed their pictures in ornate gold frames to set off their jewel-like colours.   //   Following an extensive conservation project, this exhibition is ...

Adman – Warhol before pop Exhibition

With the backdrop of 1950s New York and its burgeoning advertising industry, Adman: Warhol before pop focuses on the formative years of one of the 20th century’s most influential artists. It provides surprising insights into the beginning of Warhol’s career, from his award-winning work as a commercial illustrator through to his first, little-known exhibitions. Adman includes over 300 objects – from rare drawings and photographs to vintage advertisements, artist books and recreated ...

Nude – art from the Tate collection Exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW

In a partnership between Tate, London and the Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney, Nude: art from the Tate collection will present over 100 major representations of the nude, including paintings, sculptures, photographs and prints by renowned artists such as Pablo Picasso, Lucian Freud, Henri Matisse, Louise Bourgeois, Marlene Dumas and Sarah Lucas. At the heart of the show lies the world’s most famous image of erotic love, Auguste Rodin’s sculpture The kiss 1901-04. Never before has this ...

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera Exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW

This exhibition presents 40 artworks from the renowned collection of Jacques and Natasha Gelman, including outstanding self-portrait paintings and drawings by Frida Kahlo, and major examples of Diego Rivera’s canvas paintings.   //   Alongside these works are approximately 50 photographs by figures such as Edward Weston, Lola Alvarez Bravo and Frida’s father, Guillermo Kahlo, which provide insights into the artists’ worlds and their intriguing relationship. Frida ...

Mad through the darkness Exhibition

Official Australian war artists, including Will Dyson, George W Lambert, Arthur Streeton, Fred Leist and Septimus Power, were assigned the task of creating a visual record of Australia’s armed forces in action. Other artists, including Napier Waller and Roy de Maistre, volunteered for the Australian Imperial Force. Mad through the darkness also presents, for the first time in a century, a selection of works by Evelyn Chapman, the first female Australian artist to visit Europe’s First ...