All past exhibitions 

  • 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.

  • 28 Apr 2007 – 29 Jul 2007

    Video ResurrectionWorks by Vito Acconci, Peter Campus and Joan Jonas

    Drawn from the NGV Collection, this exhibition features work from the 1970s by pioneer video artists Vito Acconci, Peter Campus and Joan Jonas. Their individual working styles and concerns are indicative of the varied uses to which video was put by artists in the early part of the decade. 

  • 27 Apr 2007 – 19 Aug 2007

    Kitty Kantilla

    Kitty Kantilla is one of Australia’s most remarkable Indigenous artists, celebrated for her innovation, unique style and mastery of a range of mediums. This major retrospective documents the breadth and beauty of her work and continues the sequence of special exhibitions focusing on aspects of Tiwi Art.

  • 21 Apr 2007 – 30 Oct 2007

    Small WorldsTravel photography of the nineteenth century

    Small Worlds brings together a range of 19th century photographs and albums that document far-ranging travels popularised in the West, from the ‘eternal cities’ of Europe, to mystical sites of the East, and romanticised, picturesque ruins of Great Britain. 

  • 19 Apr 2007 – 30 Sep 2007

    Imaginary PrisonsG.B. Piranesi and Vik Muniz

    The breathtaking originality of Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s series of etchings, the Imaginary Prisons, has remained a source of inspiration since they were first published in the mid-18th century. This exhibition presents the first and second edition of Piranesi’s Prison series together with Vik Muniz’s photographs inspired by Piranesi’s work.

  • 19 Apr 2007 – 24 Apr 2007

    Cosmo McMurtry

    Cosmo McMurtry is major work by critically acclaimed New Zealand contemporary artist Michael Parekowhai. Concerned with popular culture and identity politics, Parekowhai’s works interrogate the history and impact of New Zealand’s colonial past via both Maori and pakeha (non-indigenous) perspectives.

  • 04 Apr 2007 – 09 Sep 2007

    Golden Screens

    Screens have developed as an indispensable element of Japanese architecture and an integral part of Japanese life. Drawn from the NGV’s Asian collection, this exhibition explores the aesthetic and stylistic aspects of the structure and function of the Japanese screen through exquisite examples created between the 17th–19th centuries.

  • 31 Mar 2007 – 08 Jul 2007

    Australian Impressionism

    Australian Impressionism seeks to redefine and introduce this important movement in Australian art history to a new generation. More than 240 works are included, from famous iconic images to the lesser-known, with a focus on five major Impressionist artists: Charles Conder, Frederick McCubbin, Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton, and Jane Sutherland.

  • 16 Mar 2007 – 03 Jun 2007

    Top Arts: VCE 2006

    Top Arts: VCE 2006 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.

  • 09 Mar 2007 – 20 May 2007

    Cinema IndiaThe Art of Bollywood

    Featuring works from pre-independent India to the present day, Cinema India: The Art of Bollywood charts the historical, political and cultural changes experienced by the country, as seen through the eyes of the Bollywood film industry.

  • 02 Mar 2007 – 13 May 2007

    Olafur EliassonThe cubic structural evolution project 2004

    Olafur Eliasson’s photographs, sculptures and installations explore relationships between perception and reality, nature and technology, the individual and the environment. In his spectacular installation The cubic structural evolution project, gallery visitors are invited to participate in the construction of a cityscape using thousands of pieces of Lego.

  • 16 Dec 2006 – 08 Jul 2007

    SneakersClassics to Customs

    Sneakers are one of the most exciting and fast-changing phenomena in youth fashion today. This exhibition features 300 of the most coveted examples that have become emblems of style over the past three decades and examines the evolution of sneakers from functional sportswear to cult fashion. 

  • 16 Dec 2006 – 22 Apr 2007

    Lucio Fontana and John Nixon(A Dialogue)

    Australian artist John Nixon presents his work Silver Monochrome 2006 in conjunction with Lucio Fontana’s Spatial concept 1964-65. Conceived as a dialogue between two paintings, this project draws attention to the similarities and differences between the artists’ approaches and is underpinned by Nixon’s interest in the history and materiality of modernist painting.

  • 09 Dec 2006 – 01 Apr 2007

    ProofContemporary Australian Printmaking

    The printed image, with its unique capacity to be reproduced in multiple versions, offers fertile ground for contemporary artists. This exhibition samples recent printmaking practice, featuring a selection of contemporary works from the NGV's permanent collection of Australian prints by artists including Mike Parr, Lesley Duxbury and Milan Milojevic.

  • 30 Nov 2006 – 04 Feb 2007

    Juan Davila

    Chilean-born Juan Davila, who relocated to Australia in 1974, is a passionate advocate of the need for art to debate issues of social and political significance. Juan Davila is the first major museum exhibition of the artist’s work and features his epic 1980s murals, Chilean pieces and new work created for the exhibition. 

  • 17 Nov 2006 – 25 Feb 2007

    Howard Arkley

    The singular vision of Australian artist Howard Arkley (1951–1999) developed throughout a career spanning three decades. This retrospective represents comprehensively the evolution of Arkley's oeuvre from the early 1970s to the final major works with which he was represented at the Venice Biennale in 1999.

  • 04 Nov 2006 – 01 Apr 2007

    After Image:Social Documentary Photography in the 20th century

    This exhibition brings together a selection of 38 images by American, Australian, British, European and South African photographers active from the 1870s to the early 1980s. All the photographs presented possess a memorable quality, something thought-provoking that lingers in our consciousness.

  • 13 Oct 2006 – 25 Mar 2007

    Picture to PrintReproductive prints in the NGV Collection

    This exhibition explores elements of the fascinating history of reproductive printmaking from the 16th to the late 19th centuries. Selected from the NGV Collection, Picture to Print presents paintings and drawings by Parmigianino, Boucher, Highmore, Stubbs and Turner, exhibited together with the prints they inspired.

  • 12 Oct 2006 – 19 Nov 2006

    Melbourne International Arts Festival: Brook AndrewYOU'VEALWAYSWANTEDTOBEBLACK

    Brook Andrew is an interdisciplinary artist who comments on racial, social and political issues in Australia and internationally. He is known for his particular perspective in unveiling different historical 'truths'. This Melbourne International Arts Festival commission is inspired by his screen print portraits of boxer Anthony Mundine.

  • 05 Oct 2006 – 12 Mar 2007

    IkatAsian resist dyed textiles

    Ikat explores the Asian textile tradition by focusing on a particular technique of textile embellishment that is employed throughout the region. Drawn predominantly from the NGV Collection, this exhibition explores a range of motifs and media and the context of Asian ikat textiles and costume.

  • 29 Sep 2006 – 29 Apr 2007

    Thomas HarrisonMilliner

    By the late 1930s, Thomas Harrison was Melbourne's best-known milliner and his hats were coveted by women from all over Australia. This exhibition of more than50 hats from the NGV Collection celebrates Harrison's legacy, ingenuity and versatility as a bespoke milliner and examines his rich visual, historical and material vocabulary.

  • 07 Sep 2006 – 03 Dec 2006

    Six good reasons to stay at homeHiraki Sawa video works

    Hiraki Sawa’s home is both the backdrop and inspiration for most of the works in Six good reasons to stay at home. In the whimsical world of Sawa’s videos, domestic space becomes a place of wonder, but our voyeuristic inclusion within this world frequently edges towards the surreal.

  • 07 Sep 2006 – 18 Feb 2007

    Light SensitiveContemporary Australian Photography from the Loti Smorgon Fund

    Despite the photo-rich days we live in, large-scale surveys of Australian photography are relatively rare. Light Sensitive seeks to address this by presenting a major exhibition of work by Australian photographers including Brook Andrew, Patricia Piccinini, Simon Cuthbert, Cherine Fahd, Rebecca Ann Hobbs, Simon Obarzanek, Selina Ou and Deborah Paauwe.

  • 24 Aug 2006 – 22 Oct 2006

    2006 Clemenger Contemporary Art Award

    This triennial exhibition and award celebrates the ongoing achievement of some of Australia’s most distinguished contemporary artists. Established by Joan and Peter Clemenger through a generous gift to the NGV in 1991, the award is national in scope and brings into dialogue the works of Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists.

  • 11 Aug 2006 – 15 Oct 2006

    Charles BlackmanAlice in Wonderland

    Celebrated Australian artist Charles Blackman is renowned for his images that explore the duality of life. His Alice in Wonderland series blends iconic motifs from Lewis Carroll's fantastic journey into the imagination with Blackman's personal life. The results are challenging images that are simultaneously amusing and disquieting.

  • 30 Jun 2006 – 08 Oct 2006

    PicassoLove & War 1935–1945

    Picasso: Love & War 1935–1945 explores the personal and artistic relationship between Pablo Picasso and his lover and muse of those years, Dora Maar. The exhibition features more than 300 works and has been curated by Anne Baldassari, Director of the Musée Picasso, Paris.

  • 07 Jun 2006 – 03 Sep 2006

    2006 Cicely & 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 2006 the focus is on jewellery.

  • 03 Jun 2006 – 01 Oct 2006

    The Paris EndFashion, Photography & Glamour

    During the first decades of the 20th century, the ‘Paris end’ of Collins Street, as it was affectionately known, was a popular home to the artistic community of Melbourne. This exhibition brings together commercial and fashion photography from the 1900s to the 1950s reflecting the changing face of Melbourne.