All past exhibitions 

  • 04 Jun 2005 – 21 Aug 2005

    Bruce NaumanMapping the studio

    Bruce Nauman is an American sculptor, photographer and performance artist working with video. This exhibition brings together two distinct but related bodies of video work by Bruce Nauman that investigate the role of the artist and the possibilities of artistic creation within the confines of the studio environment.

  • 03 Jun 2005 – 06 Nov 2005

    Albrecht DürerMaster of the Renaissance

    This exhibition, comprising more than 150 engravings, woodcuts and printed books, celebrates the art of Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528), one of the most brilliant artists of the Renaissance. Works are drawn entirely from the NGV’s comprehensive collection of Dürer's prints, which is among the finest in the world.

  • 01 May 2005 – 13 Jun 2005

    Top Arts: VCE 2004

    Top Arts: VCE 2004 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.

  • 23 Apr 2005 – 10 Jul 2005

    Bill Henson3 Decades of Photography

    Bill Henson is one of Australia's leading contemporary artists. His powerful photographs approach the painterly and the cinematic, bringing together the formal and classical with the gritty dramas of the everyday. Organised by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, this exhibition is the first major survey of Henson's work. 

  • 22 Apr 2005 – 02 Oct 2005

    Pictures of the Floating WorldJapanese Prints from the Collection

    Pictures of the Floating World (ukiyo-e in Japanese) was the phrase applied to the popular arts of the woodblock prints, illustrated books and paintings that portrayed Japanese urban life in the Edo period of 1615–1868. This exhibition presents more than100 Japanese woodblock prints from the NGV’s Asian art collection.

  • 16 Mar 2005 – 08 May 2005

    Andy Warhol's Time Capsules

    The phenomenal contents of Andy Warhol's Time Capsules provide a unique window into the life of this prolific and iconic artist, but also offer an almost exhaustive cultural context for the social and artistic scene in America during Warhol’s career.

  • 11 Feb 2005 – 06 Nov 2005

    Flair: From salon to boutiqueAustralian fashion labels through the 60s

    Fashion in the 1960s underwent a radical cultural transformation. As ready-to-wear replaced custom made, a new generation of young Australian designers emerged to produce garments for their own lifestyles. This exhibition looks at the major style shift from middle age to teenage, and considers its influence on contemporary Australian fashion.

  • 08 Feb 2005 – 22 May 2005

    ShashinNineteenth–century Japanese Studio Photography

    In the mid 19th century a distinctive style of photography developed in Japan. Shashin (Japanese for ‘photography’) explores this remarkable period where Western and Japanese photographers followed the conventions and subject matter of the famed ukiyo-e woodblock prints to show courtesans, actors and scenes of entertainment.

  • 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 – 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.