All past exhibitions 

  • 29 Jan 2005 – 27 Feb 2005
  • 18 Dec 2004 – 08 May 2005

    GrotesqueThe Diabolical and Fantastic in Art

    This exhibition draws on the NGV’s rich collection of prints, drawings and illustrated books to explore the ways in which European artists have given expression to the monstrous, the diabolical and the fantastic from the 15th century through to the 21st century.

  • 03 Dec 2004 – 28 Mar 2005

    FlashbackAustralian photography in the 1960s

    This exhibition seeks to 'flashback' to photography of the 1960s to consider and celebrate the contribution of Australian practitioners. It was a decade in which documentary photography flourished and this is reflected in the range of early acquisitions of the Department of Photography at the NGV.

  • 03 Dec 2004 – 28 Mar 2005

    Akira IsogawaPrintemps – Été

    Akira Isogawa is one of Australia's most distinctive and respected contemporary designers. This exhibition focuses on the creative process that Isogawa embarked upon over a five month period in the lead up to the presentation of his spring/summer collection in Paris in October 2004.

  • 27 Nov 2004 – 14 Mar 2005

    Colour PowerAboriginal art post 1984

    This exhibition celebrates Aboriginal art of the 'New Wave': the daring and visionary use of colour by Indigenous artists throughout Australia. In defiance of preconceptions that the quintessential colours of Aboriginal art are natural ochres, Colour Power unveils its opposite – a farrago of great colourists, working with new media.

  • 20 Nov 2004 – 16 Jan 2005

    Plein-air painting in Europe 1780-1850

    This is an exhibition of landscape sketches painted en plein air, that is, painted out of doors, before the motif, by European artists in the decades before Impressionism. Artists represented include Pierre-Henri de Valenciennes, Thomas Jones, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot and John Constable. Organised by the Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan.

  • 19 Nov 2004 – 05 Jun 2005


    Metropolis is an exhibition of international projection works created by artists who have used the idea of the city as a source of inspiration. These works explore the city as both a physical and psychological space, play with real and imagined spaces, and range from the poetic to the representational.

  • 13 Nov 2004 – 03 Apr 2005

    RajputSons of Kings

    This exhibition presents 80 paintings and drawings depicting Rajput courtly life from the 17th to the19th centuries. Created in the princely states of Rajasthan, the paintings encapsulate the vitality and sensuality of life at the Maharana's court.

  • 29 Oct 2004 – 27 Feb 2005

    James GleesonBeyond the Screen of Sight

    James Gleeson is one of Australia's most important artists. For more than six decades his work has explored the realms of the Surrealist creed and sought to show an alternative reality beyond the obvious and everyday. This exhibition features 120 paintings and works on paper from collections throughout Australia.

  • 22 Oct 2004 – 31 Jul 2005

    Hunters & CollectionsWardrobes of the International Fashion & Textiles Collection

    The act of selecting and then wearing a particular designer's clothes is a relationship, which reinforces the identity of both designer and client. Hunters & Collections pays tribute to this relationship and to the foresight of collectors such as Mrs Mavis Powell, Neil Taylor, Gabrielle Pizzi and Sandra Velik.

  • 13 Oct 2004 – 12 Jan 2005

    Edvard MunchThe Frieze of Life

    This comprehensive exhibition of Edvard Munch's art assembles more than 80 works from across the artist's entire oeuvre – including paintings, prints, drawings, and watercolours. Seminal and well-known images of Munch's early maturity are featured together with a substantial body of work made from the early 1900s until before his death.

  • 28 Sep 2004 – 10 Oct 2004


    2004 Melbourne Fringe Festival presents Shelter, a high profile, public art event that responds to the issues of home and homelessness through artistic and innovative design. Shelter combines design, digital media and photography, with components of the artwork changing throughout the exhibition.

  • 04 Sep 2004 – 30 Jan 2005

    Crown & CameraPhotographs of Colonial India

    Crown and Camera draws on the intertwined histories of photography and colonialism in India. Images from the NGV Collection dating from the 1850s and 1860s reflect the interpretations photographers gave to their experience during shifting political circumstances.

  • 27 Aug 2004 – 07 Nov 2004

    Living Together is Easy

    Living Together is Easy brings together the diverse practices of six Australian and six Japanese artists. The exhibition seeks connections between regional specificity and cultural identity, global politics and interpersonal relationships, biodiversity and sustainable ecologies, and the natural and constructed environment.

  • 14 Aug 2004 – 05 Dec 2004

    15 Minutes of Fame20 Years of Pop Prints

    Pop art emerged as a dynamic force in England and America during the 1960s and 1970s as artists began to engage with the world in new ways. This exhibition presents more than 100 prints from the NGV Collection to demonstrate the vitality and diversity of English and American Pop art. 

  • 13 Aug 2004 – 10 Oct 2004

    Allan MitelmanWorks on Paper 1967-2004

    Allan Mitelman is one of Australia's foremost abstract artists who holds an important place in the history of abstraction in this country. This exhibition comprises some 120 works on paper that range from the most ephemeral and fugitive of images, to works that are dense and painterly.

  • 13 Aug 2004 – 03 Oct 2004

    John Glover and the Colonial Picturesque

    John Glover (1767–1849) was arguably the most important landscape painter working outside Europe in the 1830s and is widely recognised as the finest Australian landscape painter of the early colonial period. This exhibition presents more than 100 of the artist’s works including paintings, watercolours, drawings, prints and sketchbooks.

  • 06 Aug 2004 – 03 Oct 2004

    The Spirit of Football

    Artists represented in this exhibition have each responded in very personal ways to what they feel is the spirit of football. The resulting group of works offers intriguing insights into the ways in which Australian Rules Football is deeply embedded in the cultural fabric of Australia, particularly Victoria.

  • 06 Aug 2004 – 17 Oct 2004

    Man Ray

    This is the first large-scale exhibition of Man Ray's photography to be presented in Australia. Reflecting the most influential and productive years of Man Ray's photographic output, most of the 200 works in the exhibition comprise vintage photographs made between 1917 and 1939. 

  • 23 Jul 2004 – 23 Jan 2005

    TutuDesigning for Dance

    In 2002, The Australian Ballet commissioned Australia's top designers to create their interpretation of a tutu to be worn by a dancer of the Australian Ballet. This exhibition features eight tutus designed for the project, along with four from the archives of The Australian Ballet. 

  • 17 Jun 2004 – 26 Sep 2004

    The ImpressionistsMasterpieces from the Musée d'Orsay

    This exhibition presents more than 90 masterworks from iconic artists including Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. These important works illustrate a century of phenomenal change – a period that helped shape our modern world. Part of the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series.

  • 08 Jun 2004 – 01 Aug 2004

    2004Australian Culture Now

    The Australian Centre for the Moving Image and the National Gallery of Victoria present an unprecedented landmark national survey of work at the edge of current artistic practice. 2004 showcases new work by more than 130 Australian artists including film, video, painting, sculpture, installation, photography, design and fashion.

  • 15 May 2004 – 15 Aug 2004


    re_generation presents the work of contemporary Australian artists inspired by botanic subjects and specimens. The works range from literal representations of flowers and plants to artists' use of the flower as a symbolic motif for human conditions and the transience of life.

  • 24 Apr 2004 – 22 Aug 2004

    City of LightParis and Photography 1850s-1930s

    Drawn from the NGV Collection, this exhibition highlights French photographers’ contribution to the medium, providing a fascinating glimpse into a city in love (and occasionally at war) with itself. Two periods are profiled: photography from the 1850s –1900s and the development of human interest photography in the 1920s and 1930s.

  • 08 Apr 2004 – 01 Aug 2004

    Video Art Scene Switzerland

    This is an exhibition of 11 works created since 1995 by 13 contemporary Swiss artists. Each artist has taken a distinct approach to the creation of their work, some relying on 'antiquated' video technology while others employ state-of-the- art computer aids. Together the works provide a taste of the diversity of practice that is occurring in Switzerland today. 

  • 03 Apr 2004 – 01 Aug 2004

    From Paris with LoveThe Graphic Arts in France 1880s-1950s

    From Paris with Love: The Graphic Arts in France 1880s–1950s presents an array of prints, posters, drawings and artists' books drawn from the NGV Collection. The exhibition is particularly strong in prints, reflecting the remarkable boom in printmaking that occurred in France during this period, and especially in the 1890s.

  • 24 Mar 2004 – 03 May 2004

    Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri

     This major retrospective exhibition celebrates the work of Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, one of Australia's greatest painters. This is the first retrospective of a Papunya Tula artist in an Australian public gallery. The retrospective covers the artist's 30 year career, especially his most outstanding decade between 1972 and 1982.

  • 19 Mar 2004 – 16 May 2004

    Top Arts: VCE 2003

    Top Arts: VCE 2003 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.

  • 16 Mar 2004 – 06 Jun 2004

    Guy Bourdin

    At the heart of Guy Bourdin's fashion photographs is a confrontation with the very nature of commercial image making. While conventional fashion images make beauty and clothing their central elements, Bourdin's photographs offer a radical alternative. Bourdin presented fashion as the luxurious embellishment rather than the subject of his photographs.

  • 11 Mar 2004 – 30 Apr 2004

    Darkness & LightCaravaggio & his World

    This exhibition features key paintings demonstrating the scope and quality of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio's revolutionary vision. Almost instantly after his arrival in Rome, Caravaggio's style was taken up by other artists and works by these ‘Caravaggisti’ are also presented.