All past exhibitions 

  • 27 Nov 2009 – 21 Mar 2010

    Wisdom of the MountainArt of the Ömie

    This exhibition - the NGV’s first exhibition of contemporary art from Papua New Guinea - showcases a beautiful selection of more than 30 barkcloths created by women from the Ömie tribe. This small tribe of less than 2,000 people lives on the steep, south-eastern slopes of Mount Lamington, Oro Province.

  • 16 Oct 2009 – 28 Feb 2010

    Ricky SwallowThe Bricoleur

    Ricky Swallow’s art investigates how memory is distilled within the objects of daily life. This exhibition - the first major exhibition of the artist’s work in Australia since 2006 - features Swallow's intricately carved wooden sculptures, new sculptural works in wood, bronze and plaster and two large groups of watercolours.

  • 16 Oct 2009 – 04 Apr 2010


    Re-view traces the evolution of photography from the 1840s to now through some of the best loved and most remarkable international photographs in the NGV’s Collection. Artists featured include Julia Margaret Cameron, Nadar, László Moholy-Nagy, Man Ray, Ansel Adams, Robert Frank and Boyd Webb.

  • 09 Oct 2009 – 14 Mar 2010

    ChinoiserieAsia in Europe 1620–1840

    'Chinoiserie' was coined in the 19th century for a decorative style that takes its inspiration from Asian art and design but ultimately reflects European visions of Asia. This exhibition illustrates the development of the style through the NGV’s stunning collection of European and Asian decorative arts, as well as key loans.

  • 30 Sep 2009 – 18 Apr 2010

    Together AloneAustralian and New Zealand Fashion

    As close neighbours, Australia and New Zealand share common fashion ground. Drawing largely on recent acquisitions, Together Alone highlights the dynamic practices of eight leading Australian and New Zealand fashion houses – Akira Isogawa, Toni Maticevski, MaterialByProduct, Romance Was Born, Doris de Pont, World, Nom*D and Zambesi.

  • 17 Sep 2009 – 07 Feb 2010

    2009 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 sixth and final award in the series.

  • 27 Aug 2009 – 21 Feb 2010

    Long Distance VisionThree Australian Photographers

    This exhibition examines the idea of the ‘tourist gaze’ and its relationship with three contemporary Australian photographers: Christine Godden, Max Pam and Matthew Sleeth. All have photographed aspects of the everyday at home but have also ventured forth in the world with the delighted, but not uncritical, eyes of the traveller.

  • 21 Aug 2009 – 31 Jan 2010

    Building a CollectionRecent Acquisitions of Prints and Drawings

    The NGV’s Prints and Drawings Collection encompasses Australian and international works on paper, and spans some seven hundred years, from the 15th to the 21st centuries. This exhibition presents a selection of acquisitions made for this collection since 2002 to showcase the extraordinary range of material acquired and reveal collecting directions.

  • 18 Jul 2009 – 13 Sep 2009

    Draw the LineThe Architecture of LAB

    This exhibition presents the process of architectural design through the material of the Federation Square NGV archive together with LAB’s subsequent projects. It explains how architects think about their designs and how concepts and processes become realised as architecture. The exhibition consists of conceptual material, working drawings and models.

  • 13 Jun 2009 – 04 Oct 2009

    Salvador DalíLiquid Desire

    The sixth exhibition in the NGV’s Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series, Salvador Dalí: Liquid Desire brings together more than 200 stunning works by Salvador Dalí in all media including painting, drawing, watercolour, etchings, sculpture, fashion, jewellery, cinema and photography.

  • 22 May 2009 – 08 Nov 2009

    PersuasionFashion in the Age of Jane Austen

    This exhibition retraces the dynamic changes in fashion during Jane Austen’s lifetime. Featuring more than 70 works, with most from the NGV Collection, Persuasion surveys the period 1770-1830 and includes fashion, prints and drawings, decorative arts and paintings, with a focus on English women’s dress from the early 19th century.

  • 15 May 2009 – 04 Oct 2009

    Five Elements – Water

    Master Tetsunori Kawana is an internationally renowned practitioner of contemporary Japanese bamboo sculpture. In Five Elements – Water, Master Kawana transforms the Grollo-Equiset Garden at NGV International with a unique bamboo sculpture of vast physical proportion and lyrical power.

  • 08 May 2009 – 27 Sep 2009

    Light YearsPhotography and Space

    This exhibition of photographs drawn from the NGV Collection focuses predominantly on the 1960s and 1970s, an exciting time for the artistic and scientific exploration of worlds beyond our own. These were ‘light years’ when people looked up to the skies and beyond, and through photography discovered additional dimensions.

  • 17 Apr 2009 – 06 Sep 2009

    Dressed to RuleImperial Robes of China

    Dressed to Rule exhibits imperial robes of China from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), including robes worn by the Qing Emperor of China and members of the imperial court. The exhibition also features some stunning accessories such as undergarments made of bamboo beads and silk `lotus' shoes for bound feet.

  • 25 Mar 2009 – 14 Jun 2009

    Top Arts: VCE 2008

    Top Arts: VCE 2008 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.

  • 13 Mar 2009 – 02 Aug 2009

    Shared Sky

    Coinciding with the International Year of Astronomy, Shared Sky explores the cultural experience of the night sky over our southern continent. From Warmun in Western Australia to Melbourne in Victoria, artists of different cultural backgrounds and locales explore humanity's enduring psychological engagement with the southern stars over the centuries.

  • 12 Mar 2009 – 30 Aug 2009

    2009 Cicely and 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 2009 the focus is on seat furniture design.

  • 27 Feb 2009 – 26 Jul 2009

    The Satirical EyeComedy and critique from Hogarth to Daumier

    This exhibition presents satirical art from England, Spain and France, focusing on the period 1730–1870. Drawn from the NGV’s extensive Prints & Drawings Collection, the works range from political satires which were aimed directly at prominent public figures, to scenarios that highlight fashions, fads and social manners as subjects of mockery.

  • 06 Feb 2009 – 26 Apr 2009

    BugattiCarlo Rembrandt Ettore Jean

    For most people the world of Bugatti is associated with cars. But the Bugatti story is a much larger one, encompassing three generations and four remarkable individuals: Carlo Bugatti, his sons Ettore and Rembrandt, and Ettore's son, Gianoberto (Jean). This exhibition showcases the furniture, sculpture and cars of this extraordinary family.

  • 22 Jan 2009 – 31 Mar 2010

    The Gallery Ark

    This National Gallery of Victoria Touring Exhibition presents works by artists from across the world to explore the differing relationships we share with animals. The exhibition has been designed especially for children and aims to encourage a sense of curiosity while also presenting some of the treasures of the NGV Collection.

  • 19 Dec 2008 – 15 Mar 2009

    Rosalie Gascoigne

    After first exhibiting her work at the age of 57, Rosalie Gascoigne rapidly established a reputation as one of Australia’s foremost contemporary artists. This exhibition investigates Gascoigne’s intrinsic response to her chosen materials and unique ability to convey the essence of nature and transitory effects of light, air and space.

  • 21 Nov 2008 – 21 Feb 2009

    Andreas Gursky

    Andreas Gursky’s photographs are concerned with life in a globalised world. Through a combination of enormous scale, precise pin-sharp detail, and bold use of colour, he systematically represents the individual’s place within our complex, fast-paced consumer society. This exhibition of his work is organised by Haus der Kunst, Munich.

  • 31 Oct 2008 – 22 Feb 2009

    No standing only dancingPhotographs by Rennie Ellis

    Rennie Ellis was renowned for his candid documentary images of contemporary Australian life, from the glitter of social events to the grittier side of life on the streets. Ultimately, his vision was celebratory. In this exhibition. Ellis documents the richness and diversity of contemporary life from the 1970s–1980s.

  • 18 Oct 2008 – 19 Apr 2008

    Order and disorderArchives and photography

    Drawn from the NGV Collection, this exhibition explores the idea of archives as complex, living and occasionally mysterious systems of knowledge. Several of the artists represented act as archivists, collecting and ordering their own unique bodies of photographs, while others create disorder by critiquing the ideas and systems of archives.

  • 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.