All past exhibitions 

  • 24 May 2003 – 27 Jul 2003

    Seeing the CentreThe art of Albert Namatjira 1902-1959

    Albert Namatjira is one of Australia’s best-known artists, whose landscape paintings are iconic images synonymous with the Australian outback. Through his intense scrutiny of specific places and his sensitive response to their individual qualities, Namatjira enables us to see the Centre as a multi-faceted region of Australia.

  • 16 Mar 2003 – 06 Jul 2003

    BushfireOur community responds

    The awe, terror and tragedy of bushfire have been constant themes in the creation of our national imagery. This exhibition presents a selection of works of art dating back to 1859 which capture the immense effect bushfires have had on the Australian environment and its people.

  • 15 Mar 2003 – 09 Jun 2003

    Pen to Pixel200 years of Australian Prints & Drawings

    Pen to Pixel celebrates the NGV's collection of Australian prints and drawings which documents the development of the graphic arts in Australia over the two centuries since white settlement. Surveying that history, the exhibition displays strengths of the collection alongside less well-known works and recent acquisitions.

  • 14 Mar 2003 – 18 May 2003

    Black IntentionsSusan Cohn

    As suggested by the title, this installation by Australian contemporary jeweller Susan Cohn investigates the notion of blackness, in a literal sense referring to Melbourne Black, and also in an emotional sense, in terms of the wicked, the sinister and the erotic.

  • 14 Mar 2003 – 09 Jun 2003

    Techno craftThe work of Susan Cohn 1980 to 2000

    Susan Cohn has an international reputation as one of the foremost artists working in the fields of jewellery and metalwork. This exhibition has been organised by the National Gallery of Australia and surveys 20 years of her art practice.

  • 08 Mar 2003 – 27 Jul 2003

    Top to Toe

    Highlighting the work of 10 Australian milliners and shoe designers, Top to Toe examines the revival of bespoke (handmade) techniques and the emergence of accessory design as an important field within Australian fashion in recent decades.

  • 07 Mar 2003 – 25 May 2003

    2003 Cicely & Colin Rigg Contemporary Design Award

    Established to support Victorian artists, this award is arguably the most prestigious of its kind in Australia. Exhibitions associated with the award are devoted to a particular design discipline: this year’s exhibition highlights new work created within the textile medium.

  • 06 Mar 2003 – 18 May 2003

    Top Arts: VCE 2002

    Top Arts: VCE 2002 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 Feb 2003 – 17 Mar 2003

    NGV on Track

    This exhibition showcases Melbourne-based artist Eamon O’Toole’s life-size work Formula 1: McLaren Honda MP4/4. O'Toole creates sculptural pieces that appear to replicate objects found in the real world. In actual fact, his artworks are painstakingly created to resemble the objects to which they pay homage

  • 28 Nov 2003 – 09 Feb 2003

    TwisterThe Celebrated, Ingenious and Exotic in Fashion

    Avoiding a linear, chronological approach, this exhibition juxtaposes a diverse selection of historical and contemporary works from the NGV’s Australian fashion holdings to offer an alternative way of looking at fashion. Relationships between individual works are developed through themes of the celebrated, ingenious and exotic.

  • 28 Nov 2003 – 16 Feb 2003

    FieldworkAustralian Art 1968-2002

    Fieldwork surveys the most important developments in Australian art from 1968 to the present. This exhibition takes as its point of departure the influential exhibition The Field, held to celebrate the reopening of the National Gallery of Victoria in 1968. 

  • 28 Nov 2003 – 23 Feb 2003

    SandmanPatricia Piccinini

    Through her installation Sandman, contemporary Australian artist Patricia Piccinini speculates on the facts and mysteries of human evolution; the transformation from one state of being to another; the emotional turmoil of adolescence; car culture, romance; and fate.

  • 08 May 2003 – 30 Jun 2003

    Top Arts: VCE 2001

    Top Arts: VCE 2001 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.

  • 02 May 2003 – 30 Jun 2003

    YikwaniContemporary TiwiCeramics

    This exhibition presents sculptural ceramics by artists from Bathurst and Melville Islands, NT, including 16 ceramic sculptures produced by artists associated with the pottery studio at Tiwi Design Aboriginal Corporation on Bathurst Island. The sculptures are inspired by Tiwi spirituality and past and present Tiwi traditions.

  • 21 Feb 2003 – 21 Apr 2003

    Spring Flowers, Autumn Grass

    Spring Flowers, Autumn Grass presents exquisite works from NGV’s collection of Asian art (Chinese and Japanese), revealing the collection's depth and richness. The exhibition includes screens, scrolls of paintings and calligraphy, ceramics and lacquer and examples from the 14th to the 21st Century.

  • 30 Nov 2003 – 03 Feb 2003

    From the World of Beautiful ShadowsThe circle of Julia Margaret Cameron in the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria

    Illustrating the artistic and intellectual richness of Julia Cameron's world, this exhibition comprises British prints and drawings, books, decorative arts, paintings and photographs dating from the 1850s to the 1890s, drawn from the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria.

  • 10 Aug 2003 – 30 Sep 2003

    Renoir to PicassoMasterpieces from the Musée de l'Orangerie, Paris

    This exhibition features more than 80 Impressionist and modern masterpieces from the celebrated Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume Collection of the Musée de l'Orangerie, Paris. Artists represented include Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse, Monet, Rousseau, Modigliani, Derain, Laurencin, Utrillo, Soutine and Picasso.

  • 02 May 2003 – 15 Jul 2003

    Top Arts: VCE 2000

    Top Arts: VCE 2000 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.

  • 10 Apr 2003 – 13 Jan 2003

    CommonWealthA Tribute to Federation

    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

    Dead Sea Scrolls

    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

    Colin McCahonA time for messages

    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

    VersaceThe retrospective 1982-97

    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

    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

    Rover & Queenie

    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

    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

    Tyger of WrathWilliam Blake in the National Gallery of Victoria

    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

    1999 Clemenger Contemporary Art AwardMOMA at Heide

    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

    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.

  • 15 May 2004 – 24 Oct 2004

    The Art of ZenFrom the Asian Collection

    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.