All past exhibitions 

  • 12 Mar 2009 – 30 Aug 2009

    2009 Cicely and Colin Rigg Contemporary Design Award

    Established to support Victorian artists, this award is arguably the most prestigious of its kind in Australia and a reflection of the NGV’s ongoing commitment to contemporary craft and design practice. Exhibitions associated with the award are devoted to a particular design discipline: in 2009 the focus is on seat furniture design.

  • 27 Feb 2009 – 26 Jul 2009

    The Satirical EyeComedy and critique from Hogarth to Daumier

    This exhibition presents satirical art from England, Spain and France, focusing on the period 1730–1870. Drawn from the NGV’s extensive Prints & Drawings Collection, the works range from political satires which were aimed directly at prominent public figures, to scenarios that highlight fashions, fads and social manners as subjects of mockery.

  • 06 Feb 2009 – 26 Apr 2009

    BugattiCarlo Rembrandt Ettore Jean

    For most people the world of Bugatti is associated with cars. But the Bugatti story is a much larger one, encompassing three generations and four remarkable individuals: Carlo Bugatti, his sons Ettore and Rembrandt, and Ettore's son, Gianoberto (Jean). This exhibition showcases the furniture, sculpture and cars of this extraordinary family.

  • 22 Jan 2009 – 31 Mar 2010

    The Gallery Ark

    This National Gallery of Victoria Touring Exhibition presents works by artists from across the world to explore the differing relationships we share with animals. The exhibition has been designed especially for children and aims to encourage a sense of curiosity while also presenting some of the treasures of the NGV Collection.

  • 19 Dec 2008 – 15 Mar 2009

    Rosalie Gascoigne

    After first exhibiting her work at the age of 57, Rosalie Gascoigne rapidly established a reputation as one of Australia’s foremost contemporary artists. This exhibition investigates Gascoigne’s intrinsic response to her chosen materials and unique ability to convey the essence of nature and transitory effects of light, air and space.

  • 21 Nov 2008 – 21 Feb 2009

    Andreas Gursky

    Andreas Gursky’s photographs are concerned with life in a globalised world. Through a combination of enormous scale, precise pin-sharp detail, and bold use of colour, he systematically represents the individual’s place within our complex, fast-paced consumer society. This exhibition of his work is organised by Haus der Kunst, Munich.

  • 31 Oct 2008 – 22 Feb 2009

    No standing only dancingPhotographs by Rennie Ellis

    Rennie Ellis was renowned for his candid documentary images of contemporary Australian life, from the glitter of social events to the grittier side of life on the streets. Ultimately, his vision was celebratory. In this exhibition. Ellis documents the richness and diversity of contemporary life from the 1970s–1980s.

  • 18 Oct 2008 – 19 Apr 2008

    Order and disorderArchives and photography

    Drawn from the NGV Collection, this exhibition explores the idea of archives as complex, living and occasionally mysterious systems of knowledge. Several of the artists represented act as archivists, collecting and ordering their own unique bodies of photographs, while others create disorder by critiquing the ideas and systems of archives.

  • 17 Oct 2008 – 15 Mar 2009

    The cricket and the dragonAnimals in Asian Art

    Aimed at children of all ages, this fun and colourful exhibition explores images of animals - from elephants to insects - from the NGV’s Asian Collection. Featured are works in all media from South East Asia, China, India, Persia and Japan which explore the symbolic and mythological meanings of animals.

  • 10 Oct 2008 – 01 Feb 2009

    Across the DesertAboriginal Batik from Central Australia

    Featuring more than 60 works from five desert communities in Central Australia – Ernabella, Fregon, Utopia, Yuendumu and Kintore – Across the Desert charts the development of batik in Australia, showcasing the NGV’s unrivalled collection of Indigenous textiles.

  • 26 Sep 2008 – 19 Apr 2009

    Remaking Fashion

    In recent years, a new aesthetic has emerged where elements of clothing construction have become components of design, and methods specific to the process of making have been reinterpreted as design elements. Remaking Fashion examines the process of making – and evidence of the process of making – in contemporary fashion.

  • 29 Aug 2008 – 08 Feb 2009

    Making a markPrints and drawings gifted by Ian Brown

    Collectors play a vital role in the development of galleries and museums, each collection reflecting the interests, passions or political beliefs of the individual. Reverend Ian Brown’s choices and motivations are explored in this exhibition, together with the benefits for individuals and institutions of collecting art.

  • 07 Aug 2008 – 02 Nov 2008

    Klippel/KlippelOpus 2008

    The creative union of father and son Robert and Andrew Klippel is explored in this ground-breaking exhibition. Klippel/Klippel: Opus 2008 presents the work of the late Robert Klippel, Australia’s leading sculptor of the post-war period in combination with a musical response from his son, composer and producer, Andrew Klippel.

  • 17 Jul 2008 – 26 Oct 2008

    Look!New Perspectives on the Contemporary Collection

    Look! offers new interpretative possibilities through fresh juxtapositions of Australian and International contemporary art. Incorporating recently acquired art from the new century and works from as far back as the 1970s, the exhibition underscores how gallery collections are fluid entities and generate new meaning over time.

  • 28 Jun 2008 – 05 Oct 2008

    Art Deco 1910–1939

    Art Deco 1910–1939 is the fifth exhibition in the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series at the NGV and captures the spirit of the Art Deco period by combining important masterworks from the Victoria and Albert Museum’s acclaimed collection with public and private works from around the world.

  • 02 May 2008 – 28 Sep 2008

    291Photographers in the circle of Alfred Stieglitz

    Drawn from the NGV Collection, this exhibition brings together about 40 works by photographers who exhibited at Alfred Stieglitz’s Little Galleries of the Photo-Secession at 291 Fifth Avenue, New York. Photographers featured include Alfred Stiegitz, Edward Steichen, Gertrude Käsebier, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Adolphe De Meyer, Paul Haviland and Paul Strand.

  • 11 Apr 2008 – 21 Sep 2008

    Moon in ReflectionThe art of Kim Hoa Tram

    Moon in Reflection is a journey to spiritual enlightenment and artistic discovery. Featuring works by Kim Hoa Tram in the NGV’s Collection, the exhibition explores the human condition of birth, old age, sickness and death, and themes in Zen philosophy: impermanence, delusion and meditation as a way to spiritual awakening.

  • 27 Mar 2008 – 09 Jun 2008

    Top Arts: VCE 2007

    Top Arts: VCE 2007 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.

  • 14 Mar 2008 – 18 May 2008

    Body LanguageContemporary Chinese Photography

    Over the last decade, Chinese photography has undergone a remarkable period of transformation and growth. Often reflecting an urgent desire to explore individual and social identity in a time of unprecedented change, a group of Chinese photographers have used their own bodies as the vehicle for creative expression and critique.

  • 14 Mar 2008 – 24 Aug 2008

    Preserving the past, enriching the futureHugh Williamson’s legacy

    This exhibition celebrates the legacy of Hugh Williamson, one of the NGV’s most important benefactors, whose foundation has enabled the NGV to acquire more than 60 works relating to Melbourne and its environs. Major acquisitions represented in this exhibition include works by Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton, Stephen Bush and Jon Cattapan.

  • 01 Mar 2008 – 13 Sep 2010

    Bill ViolaOcean without a shore

    Bill Viola’s Ocean without a shore explores the threshold between life and death, or as the artist has stated, ‘the presence of the dead in our lives’. In the installation, three video screens become surfaces for the manifestation of images of the dead attempting to re-enter our world.

  • 22 Feb 2008 – 18 May 2008

    Sidney Nolan

    Sidney Nolan is the first retrospective exhibition of Nolan’s work to be mounted since his death in 1992. The exhibition examines critical periods in the artist’s career and highlights the evolution of Nolan’s vision from its genesis in St Kilda during the 1930s, to the United Kingdom half a century later.

  • 16 Feb 2008 – 17 Aug 2008

    Resonant VisionsContemporary video from Latin America

    This exhibition presents works by four contemporary artists – Óscar Muñoz, Sebastian Diaz Morales, Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla – who have used video to explore the changing conditions of our times. Engaging performative, documentary and poetic modes of representation, each video interrogates the complex interrelationship between politics and aesthetics.

  • 08 Feb 2008 – 31 Aug 2008

    Black in FashionMourning to Night

    Black in fashion is a perennial topic of discussion. Throughout history the wearing of black clothing has had multiple and often contradictory meanings. At times, it has signified death, power, elegance, urbanity, subversion and sex appeal. This exhibition explores the symbolism and enduring use of black in Australian and international fashion.

  • 12 Jan 2008 – 10 Aug 2008

    WarThe prints of Otto Dix

    Otto Dix’s War series, depicting 20th century trench warfare, is modelled on Francisco Goya’s The disasters of war and is equally as uncompromising. Dix’s War series remains one of the most potent indictments of war ever conceived, and is regarded as one of the great masterpieces of the twentieth century.

  • 30 Nov 2007 – 24 Feb 2008

    Bertram MackennalThe Fifth Balnaves Foundation Sculpture Project

    Bertram Mackennal was the most successful Australian artist of his time, establishing an international reputation as a virtuoso modeller of mythological and allegorical nudes. This exhibition brings together more than 50 of Mackennal’s sculptures and maquettes from Australian and international collections.

  • 15 Nov 2007 – 24 Feb 2008

    Modern Britain 1900–1960Masterworks from Australian and New Zealand collections

    Modern Britain 1900–1960 traces the development of British art and society across six decades of tremendous innovation and change.

  • 26 Oct 2007 – 17 Feb 2008

    Imagination, Inspiration, IntuitionJoseph Beuys and Rudolph Steiner

    This exhibition examines connections between the art of Joseph Beuys (1921–1986) and the teachings of Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925). Beuys’ Directive forces (Of a new society) from the Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, is exhibited with Steiner’s chalk drawings, providing a unique opportunity to engage with these men’s ideas through a visual medium.

  • 25 Oct 2007 – 06 Apr 2008

    Role PlayPortrait Photography

    Portrait photography is a complex area of photographic practice that involves a dynamic process of collaboration between the sitter, viewer and camera operator. This exhibition creates a provocative interchange between historical and contemporary photography to suggest how photographers work to construct, question or reflect the notion of ‘role playing’.

  • 06 Oct 2007 – 16 Mar 2008

    KrishnaLove and Devotion

    Krishna is one of the most popular of the Hindu gods worshipped throughout Asia, in particular India. This exhibition offers both historical and contemporary interpretations of Krishna worship and devotion and explores the narrative of Krisha’s life story through some 70 works in a range of media from across India.