Pablo Picasso, Spanish 1881–1973.
Figures by the sea (Figures au bord de la mer) 12 January 193, oil on canvas 130.0 x 195.0 cm. Musée national Picasso-Paris Donated in lieu of tax, 1979
© Succession Picasso/Copyright Agency, 2022 Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée national Picasso-Paris) / Mathieu Rabeau
The Picasso Century at the National Gallery of Victoria is a remarkable exhibition that may change the way you will view Picasso.
Installation view of Bark Ladies: Eleven Artists from Yirrkala from 17 December 2021 to 25 April 2022 at NGV.
Photo: Tom Ross
Bark painting in Yirrkala is a tradition of antiquity – but it is constantly reinvented, as this stunning exhibition of contemporary women’s work attests.
Refik Anadol: Quantum memories 2020 (render) custom software, quantum computing, generative algorithm with artificial intelligence (AI), real time digital animation on LED screen c4 channel sound 1015.0 x 1020.0 x 250.0 cm. Commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Purchased with funds donated by Loti & Victor Smorgon Fund and Barry Janes and Paul Cross, 2020.
© Refik Anadol Image courtesy of Refik Anadol
With more than 100 artists from more than 30 countries, this exhibition features alternative realms drawn from a Google quantum computer, a Jeff Koons ‘selfie magnet’ and moments of Zen beauty.
Then prime minister Gough Whitlam and director of the Australian National Gallery James Mollison in front of Blue Poles in 1973.
© Pollock-Krasner Foundation. ARS/Copyright Agency
The first director of the National Gallery of Australia has died at 88.
Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines at the NGV International leaves out important information about who Haring was as a person and, therefore, as an artist.
© Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York © Keith Haring Foundation Photo: Tom Ross
At the National Gallery of Victoria’s summer blockbuster, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines, Haring’s sexuality is obscured.
Crossing Lines, ‘a raw and uncompromising show’, opens with this reproduction of Haring’s creation on the NGV Waterwall, which he painted in 1984.
NGV/© Keith Haring Foundation Photo: Tom Ross
Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines may well be the riskiest exhibition the National Gallery of Victoria has staged in its more than 150-year history.
Cyril Porchet, Swiss born 1984, Untitled 2014 from the series Crowd, inkjet print.
139.0 x 169.0 x 3.5 cm.
© Cyril Porchet
Many of the world’s greatest photographers focus on our shared human experience in a milestone exhibition.
Rosslynd Piggott Double Breath (contained) of the sitter 1993–94 (installation detail) various media.
© The artist Photo: courtesy the artist
Rosslynd Piggott’s artworks explore an uncanny, dream-like state. A new exhibition of her objects, installations and paintings is a memorable reflection of a major Australian artist.
Dorrit Black, The Bridge, 1930.
Oil on canvas on board,
60.0 x 81.0 cm.
Bequest of the artist, 1951, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.
Dorrit Black, Grace Cossington Smith and Grace Crowley were some of many talented modernist women artists. But only with the advent of second wave feminism in the 1970s was their work properly acknowledged.
Detail from William Barak, Figures in possum skin cloaks, 1898, pencil, wash, charcoal solution, gouache and earth pigments on paper, 57.0 x 88.8 cm (image and sheet)
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Purchased, 1962
Colony at the NGV pairs colonial art with Indigenous responses, in an effort to create dialogue about Australia’s history.
Detail from Gareth Sansom’s.
Wittgenstein’s brush with Vorticism, 2016, oil and enamel paint on canvas
213.4 x 274.3 cm.
Courtesy the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane © Gareth Sansom/Administered by Viscopy, 2017
A retrospective exhibition of Gareth Sansom’s 60-year career is bold, provocative and exquisitely crafted.
A detail from Vincent Van Gogh’s A wheatfield, with cypresses, early September 1889.
National Gallery, London. Bought, Courtauld Fund, 1923 (NG3861) © The National Gallery, London
Van Gogh’s immersion in the natural world, for his art and for its therapeutic effects, saw him observe in minute detail the changing of the seasons.
Installation view of Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists at the National Gallery of Victoria.
Photo: Wayne Taylor
Paintings that turn into frocks; a model dressed in nine outfits like a Russian doll. A new exhibition by Dutch designers Viktor & Rolf is truly fashion as performance art.
Degas and Manet’s stormy relationship is expressed in a portrait Degas painted of Manet and his wife, which has been slashed, presumably by Manet himself.
Detail of Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet and Mme. Manet (1868-69) Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art, via Wikimedia Commons
Edgar Degas’ relationship with Impressionism was to be a stormy one, but his encounter with Edouard Manet in 1862 was a turning-point in his career. Degas went on to paint a portrait of Manet and his wife - later slashed in mysterious circumstances.
Degas beautifully captured women in private moments.
Detail of Edgar Degas, Woman seated on the edge of the bath sponging her neck c. 1880–95, Musée D’Orsay, Paris
Edgar Degas was fascinated with women’s bodies. Whether dancing, ironing or bathing, he captured these intimate moments with a voyeur’s detached scrutiny.
Why is Whistler’s mother one of the most persistently famous images in the world?
James McNeill Whistler, Arrangement in grey and black no. 1 (Portrait of the artist's mother) 1871. Image courtesy of the NGV.
Whistler’s Mother, which arrives in Melbourne on March 25, is one of the most famous portraits in the world. But James Whistler never wanted the sitter’s identity known.
Lucy Kemp-Welch, Horses bathing in the sea, 1900. Oil on canvas. Estate of Lucy Kemp-Welch.
National Gallery of Victoria
The Horse, currently on display at the National Gallery of Victoria, celebrates the pivotal role the horse has played in the evolution of civilisation.
Corrado Giaquinto, Italian 1703–1766, worked in Spain 1753–62, Allegory of Justice and Peace (Allegoria della Giustizia e della Pace) c.1753–54 oil on canvas, 216.0 x 325.0 cm.
Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid (P00104), Spanish Royal Collection
Nationalism is not always a good thing where understanding art is concerned, but in the case of Italian Masterpieces from Spain’s Royal Court, Museo del Prado on show at the National Gallery of Victoria…