10 Apr 2003 – 13 Jan 2003
To mark the anniversary of the opening of the first federal parliament in Melbourne on 9 May 1901, the NGV has mounted a special exhibition of 19th and 20th century Australian art. This exhibition comprises 40 paintings from the Gallery's collection, and key loans from private collections.
16 Mar 2003 – 17 Jun 2003
The Dead Sea Scrolls rank as one of the great archaeological discoveries of all time. These ancient Hebrew manuscripts raise questions about the foundations of Judaism and Christianity. Exhibition highlights include one of the oldest surviving portions of the Hebrew Bible and texts written during the lifetime of Jesus of Nazareth.
02 Feb 2003 – 13 May 2003
Aotearoa/New Zealand artist Colin McCahon is internationally acclaimed as one of the most inventive and visionary artists of the 20th Century. This exhibition has been organised to celebrate the NGV’s acquisition of Colin McCahon’s One (1965), a significant early painting that has been a collection priority for several years.
17 Nov 2003 – 04 Feb 2003
Drawn from the Gianni Versace archives in Milan, this retrospective surveys Versace's major themes and includes garments never before seen in Australia. Transforming design trends of the late 20th Century, Versace created clothing that was visually excessive and which confronted accepted codes of taste, beauty and sexuality.
16 Aug 2003 – 01 Oct 2003
1956 was a significant year for Melbourne: hosting the Olympics, the intake of post-war refugees and migrants, and the introduction of television. Drawn from the NGV Collection, this exhibition presents a diverse and eclectic range of works to explore notions of cultural identity that defined multicultural Melbourne in the 50s.
22 May 2003 – 08 Aug 2003
This exhibition pays tribute to the work of Rover Thomas and Queenie McKenzie, two major artists from Warmun community in the East Kimberley. The exhibition is drawn solely from the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria.
29 Mar 2003 – 14 May 2003
Top Arts: VCE 1999 presents outstanding work completed by young student artists as part of their assessment for VCE Art and Studio Arts. This exhibition highlights the NGV’s strong commitment and support of contemporary art, arts education and showcases the ideas and attitudes of young people.
28 Apr 2003 – 30 Jun 2003
The National Gallery of Victoria houses one of the world's most important collections of art by William Blake (1757–1827), the English artist, poet and mystic. This exhibition incorporates all aspects of the collection, including Blake’s watercolours, hand-coloured relief prints and wood engravings.
03 Apr 2003 – 09 May 2003
The Museum of Modern Art at Heide, in association with the National Gallery of Victoria, presents the third Clemenger Contemporary Art Award. The exhibition provides a significant contribution to Australian contemporary art in representing some of the most distinguished artists working today.
12 Mar 2003 – 10 May 2003
Treasures of Asian ArtSelections from the Mr and Mrs John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection of the Asia Society, New York
This exhibition demonstrates the great art traditions of Asia through 85 important artworks drawn from the Mr and Mrs John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection of Asian Art.
03 Mar 2003 – 12 Apr 2003
VCE: Top Cats presents outstanding work completed by young student artists as part of their assessment for VCE Art and Studio Arts. This exhibition highlights the NGV’s strong commitment and support of contemporary art, arts education and showcases the ideas and attitudes of young people.
- 03 Jan 1991 – 01 Jan 1992
04 Dec 2003 – 22 Feb 2004
This famous painting by Jackson Pollock is on loan to the NGV to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in Canberra. Since the NGA purchased Blue Poles in 1973, the painting has assumed an iconic place in Australian history.
15 May 2004 – 24 Oct 2004
This exhibition includes Zen paintings and calligraphies, ceramics, lacquer and a paper robe that explore the Zen Buddhist way of looking at the world. Zen (Chan in Chinese) originated in China in the 6th century. Zen was revolutionary in that it did not rely on the word, Buddhist scriptures, or Buddhist statues for worship. Zen teaching was to be transmitted from mind to mind, and we can attain enlightenment or awakening to our original nature, when we see the unity of all things.
01 Mar 2003 – 09 Jun 2003
First Impressions considers the work of a range of Australian artists for whom the photogram is a medium that best suits their creative concerns. As their evocative and often mys
04 Dec 2003 – 15 Feb 2004
This exhibition brings together four exceptional works by four international artists – Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Doug Aitken, Lee Bul and Sarah Sze – that chart the shifts in contemporary art that swept across the globe at the start of 21st Century.