21 September – 8 December 2013
200 years of art from Australia, charting the dramatic evolution in art from the early days of colonization to the present day.
This is the first major survey of Australian art in this country for 50 years. It follows the evolution in creativity from the colonisation of an indigenous people to the ambitious program of building that pervaded the 19th-century and the radical movements in art in the 20th-century.
Focusing predominantly on the country’s dramatic landscape, this exhibition reveals how Australia’s aesthetic sensibility is inextricably linked to the beauty of this ancient land.
Featuring Royal Academician Sidney Nolan together with works by Aboriginal artists such as Albert Namatjir and Emily Kame Kngwarreye, this exhibition reveals how the Australian outback has provided artists with inspiration for two centuries.
Sidney Nolan’s iconic Ned Kelly series, inspired by the notorious 19th-century outlaw who became a symbol of resistance against British rule in Australia, was begun in the late 1940s.
Nolan described the works as 'Kelly’s own words, and Rousseau, and sunlight', cementing his position as one of Australia’s leading artists, able to combine in his paintings the history and landscape of this isolated continent with the revolutionary changes in European modernism.