All past exhibitions 

  • 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. 

  • 28 Sep 2007 – 06 Jan 2008

    An incomplete worldWorks from The UBS Art Collection

    Drawn from one of the finest corporate art collections in the world, this exhibition presents work by leading international artists including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Lucian Freud, Damien Hirst, Andreas Gursky, Gerhard Richter and Cindy Sherman.

  • 13 Sep 2007 – 17 Feb 2008

    Yvonne AudetteDifferent Directions 1954–1966

    Yvonne Audette is one of Australia’s most accomplished abstract artists. This exhibition of paintings and drawings focuses on Audette’s expatriate years, charting the development of her distinctive abstract vocabulary, from her earliest experimentation with abstract forms to the lyrical calligraphic and graffiti works for which she is renowned. 

  • 06 Sep 2007 – 16 Jan 2008

    Gordon Bennett

    This exhibition presents 20 years of Bennett’s work, including many of the Notes to Basquiat paintings and works from the Home Décor series. The exhibition examines how Bennett’s focus on the disenfranchisement of colonialism resonates beyond the Australian context, and the challenge his work makes to political conservatism and social complacency.

  • 22 Aug 2007 – 03 Feb 2008

    Super BodiesHeroic Fashion from the 1980s

    A commanding trend in women’s fashion in the 1980s was the rise of the ‘Super Body’, a structured silhouette built upon the athletic body and an attitude of female supremacy. This exhibition pays tribute to these powerful and body-conscious styles, which are among the most enduring images of the decade.

  • 21 Jul 2007 – 14 Oct 2007

    Geoffrey Bartlett

    Geoffrey Bartlett is an established Melbourne sculptor. In 1983, he travelled to New York to undertake postgraduate study at Columbia University and this time in the US significantly impacted on his work. This exhibition presents more than 40 works produced following Bartlett’s return to Australia in 1985.

  • 30 Jun 2007 – 07 Oct 2007

    Guggenheim Collection: 1940s to NowNew York–Venice–Bilbao–Berlin

    This Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition presents post-war and contemporary art from the worldwide collections of the famous Guggenheim Museum. Featured are iconic artworks from the 1940s to the present by internationally renowned artists such as Jackson Pollock, Alberto Giacometti, Mark Rothko, Dan Flavin, Jeff Koons and Cindy Sherman.

  • 26 May 2007 – 13 Jan 2008

    Katie PyeClothes for Modern Lovers

    Katie Pye was an Australian fashion iconoclast throughout the 1980s. Individual, experimental and unorthodox, her work challenged the conventional limitations of fashionable dress. Integrating performance, design, art and fashion, she represented an energetic current that introduced new visual and conceptual models to Australian fashion.

  • 04 May 2007 – 30 Mar 2008

    Great ExhibitionsThe World Fairs 1851-1937

    Great Exhibitions begins with the famous London Great Exhibition of 1851 and ends with the sophisticated Art Deco and modernist fairs of Paris 1925 and 1937. This exhibition is held in celebration of a magnificent gift of works to the NGV, many of which are featured in the exhibition.