All past exhibitions 

  • 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.

  • 02 Mar 2004 – 16 May 2004

    Good LookingNarrative Photographs Past & Present

    Photographs are not simply a mirror to the world but one of the most complex and, at times, problematic forms of visual representation. This exhibition presents photographs from the NGV Collection that invite us to project fictions and seduce us into looking longer and more thoroughly. 

  • 14 Feb 2004 – 04 Jul 2004

    Pins & NeedlesTextile and Technique from the Australian Collection

    This exhibition brings together contemporary, historical, functional, wearable and purely decorative works from the NGV’s Australian Fashion and Textiles collection. Exploring a diverse range of textile techniques, the exhibition includes everything from quilting, embroidery and screen printing, to weaving, crochet, knitting and beyond.

  • 07 Feb 2004 – 18 Apr 2004

    Contempora Fellowship 2002-4: Aleks DankoSONGS OF AUSTRALIA VOLUME 16 - SHH, GO BACK TO SLEEP (an un-Australian dob-in mix) 2004

    This exhibition is the culmination of Aleks Danko's Songs of Australia cycle. References to the artist's childhood and his experiences as a child of immigrant parents appear throughout the work, and are used to reflect the differences and similarities between the social, cultural and political landscape of Australia, then and now.

  • 22 Jan 2004 – 02 May 2004

    Xin NianContemporary Chinese Australian Art

    This exhibition provides a glimpse of the breadth of practice that constitutes contemporary Chinese Australian art. The artists are indicators rather than agents for the state of contemporary Chinese art and their work can be read in several ways, with emphasis on the philosophical, political or aesthetic.

  • 13 Dec 2003 – 15 Feb 2004

    Lionel LindsayAn Antipodean in Spain

    This exhibition presents an extensive selection of Lindsay's images of Spain which focus on its architecture, landscape and people. Images of Australian rural subjects are exhibited alongside them, enabling a comparison of Lindsay's treatment of two countries which he thought shared many physical similarities.

  • 04 Dec 2003 – 04 Apr 2004

    MedusaeDorothy Cross & Tom Cross

    Medusae (the Latin term for jellyfish) is a video-based work created by Irish artist Dorothy Cross in collaboration with her scientist brother Professor Tom Cross that combines the mythology of Irish naturalist Maude Delap with present day scientific research.

  • 04 Dec 2003 – 29 Aug 2004

    House MixHighlights of the International Fashion and Textiles Collection

    Like a club DJ sampling music on the dance floor, this exhibition interprets the NGV’s Collection in new sequences, where works are arranged in engaging narratives that move across historical, modern and postmodern times. A series of clothing ideas are tracked through distinct groupings, relating works in a thematic dialogue.

  • 04 Dec 2003 – 22 Feb 2004

    Mario BelliniArchitect & Designer

    Celebrating the opening of NGV International, this exhibition showcases the work of leading Italian architect and designer Mario Bellini, the principal architect for the major NGV redevelopment.

  • 04 Dec 2003 – 04 Apr 2004

    Natural InspirationPhotographs of the Landscape 1840s to 1980s

    Drawn from the NGV Collection, this exhibition features the work of some of the most celebrated international and Australian landscape photographers. Through a fascinating collection of works that span 140 years of landscape photography, this exhibition explores the emotional spectrum that nature can inspire.

  • 04 Dec 2003 – 25 Apr 2004

    ResonanceHighlights of the Asian Collection

    The NGV has one of the most impressive collections of Asian Art in the country. This display reveals its diverse nature and the interactions of artistic culture and style.

  • 29 Nov 2003 – 25 Jan 2004

    Fraught TalesFour Contemporary Narratives

    This exhibition explores how stories can be used to explain our experience of the world through works by contemporary Australian artists Beata Batorowicz, Emily Floyd, Andrew McQualter and Luke Parker. Their works mimic the real world by assuming the guise of maquettes, models, wall drawings and toys.

  • 29 Nov 2003 – 29 Feb 2004

    Peter BoothHuman/Nature

    This is the first major retrospective exhibition of work by Melbourne artist Peter Booth, surveying his career through painting, sculpture and work on paper. Booth’s work is known for its spectacular visual power and the emotional intensity of its mysterious and often disturbing narratives.

  • 19 Sep 2003 – 23 Nov 2003

    2003 Clemenger Contemporary Art Award

    This is a triennial exhibition and award that celebrates the ongoing achievement of some of Australia’s most distinguished contemporary artists. The award was established by Joan and Peter Clemenger through a generous gift to the NGV in 1991. This is the fourth award in the series.

  • 19 Sep 2003 – 11 Jan 2004

    Fair GameArt & Sport

    This exhibition explores notions about sport, both the celebratory and the critical. The works of art on display range in scope from literal illustrations of people playing or watching sport, through to works addressing tangential themes such as endurance, or notions of games and play.

  • 05 Sep 2003 – 09 Nov 2003

    Charles Conder 1868-1909

    Charles Conder was one of the key founders of the Heidelberg school of Australian Impressionism. This exhibition traces his career in Australia and Europe and features his Australian, French and English plein air landscapes, portraits and lithographs, as well as his ornamental paintings on silk.

  • 30 Aug 2003 – 16 Nov 2003

    Second SightAustralian Photography in the National Gallery of Victoria

    Drawing on the NGV Collection, this exhibition surveys the rich and diverse history of Australian photography. Ranging from Douglas Kilburn’s 1847 daguerreotypes to Pat Brassington’s digital images from 2001, the exhibition features the work of leading photographers and lesser-known practitioners in Australian photography.

  • 15 Aug 2003 – 19 Oct 2003

    Remembering Barak

    This exhibition commemorates the life and work of the great Ngurungaeta Barak who passed away at Coranderrk Aboriginal Station on 15 August 1903. His beautiful images reiterate and confirm the importance of identity and the central place of ceremony in Aboriginal society.

  • 09 Aug 2003 – 20 Jan 2004

    SwishFashionable Melbourne of the 1950s

    Celebrating fashionable life in Melbourne during the 1950s, this exhibition examines the influences and inspiration behind fashion from this popular decade. Key Australian designers and labels are showcased from the NGV’s Collection, including Le Louvre, Hall Ludlow, Linda Suchestow, La Petite, Georges and Lucas.

  • 04 Jul 2003 – 07 Sep 2003

    Colin McCahonA Question of Faith

    This major survey of New Zealand artist Colin McCahon includes 77 works covering his artistic career from the end of the 1930s to the beginning of the 1980s. Central to McCahon’s oeuvre is the investigation of the true nature of faith and his own spiritual experience and development.

  • 28 Jun 2003 – 07 Sep 2003

    MythformThe Making of Nearamnew

    Federation Square architects Lab architecture studio and Bates Smart, and artist Paul Carter have collaborated to create a public artwork in the main plaza of Federation Square. This work, entitled Nearamnew, acknowledges the cultural histories of the site through literal and metaphorical layers of meaning.

  • 06 Jun 2003 – 17 Aug 2003

    Sidney NolanDesert and Drought

    Sidney Nolan is widely acknowledged as Australia’s most inventive and influential artist of the 20th Century. From 1949–1953, he created extraordinary images of inland Australia. This exhibition examines in detail the significance of Nolan's images of the Australian outback and features 177 paintings, drawings and photographs.

  • 03 Jun 2003 – 17 Aug 2003

    Rover ThomasI want to paint

    The paintings of contemporary Aboriginal artist Rover Thomas are a form of visual language where stories of ‘country' are a counterpoint to his direct observation of the landscape. His deceptively simple yet powerful imagery stamps his work as a form of modernist abstraction of universal appeal.

  • 31 May 2003 – 17 Aug 2003

    HabitatCallum Morton

    Callum Morton's Habitat is an architectural model of a mass housing project built in Montreal for Expo 1967. Through his work, Morton presents a wry and humorous look at the intersection of public and private space, referencing both the extraordinary and the mundane qualities of our lives.

  • 24 May 2003 – 27 Jul 2003

    Seeing the CentreThe art of Albert Namatjira 1902-1959

    Albert Namatjira is one of Australia’s best-known artists, whose landscape paintings are iconic images synonymous with the Australian outback. Through his intense scrutiny of specific places and his sensitive response to their individual qualities, Namatjira enables us to see the Centre as a multi-faceted region of Australia.

  • 16 Mar 2003 – 06 Jul 2003

    BushfireOur community responds

    The awe, terror and tragedy of bushfire have been constant themes in the creation of our national imagery. This exhibition presents a selection of works of art dating back to 1859 which capture the immense effect bushfires have had on the Australian environment and its people.

  • 15 Mar 2003 – 09 Jun 2003

    Pen to Pixel200 years of Australian Prints & Drawings

    Pen to Pixel celebrates the NGV's collection of Australian prints and drawings which documents the development of the graphic arts in Australia over the two centuries since white settlement. Surveying that history, the exhibition displays strengths of the collection alongside less well-known works and recent acquisitions.

  • 14 Mar 2003 – 18 May 2003

    Black IntentionsSusan Cohn

    As suggested by the title, this installation by Australian contemporary jeweller Susan Cohn investigates the notion of blackness, in a literal sense referring to Melbourne Black, and also in an emotional sense, in terms of the wicked, the sinister and the erotic.