All past exhibitions 

  • 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.

  • 24 May 2006 – 24 Sep 2006

    Rembrandt 1606-1669From the Prints and Drawings collection

    This exhibition pays tribute to Rembrandt, an artist of unequalled stature in the history of art who is renowned for his paintings but also for his prints and drawings. Presenting Rembrandt’s most celebrated prints, the exhibition enables audiences to fully appreciate the artist’s extraordinary vision and exceptional and experimental technique.

  • 13 May 2006 – 22 Oct 2006

    American BeautyPhotographs of the American Social Landscape 1930s–1970s

    American Beauty features work by documentary photographers who explored the significance of the American vernacular from the 1930s to the 1970s. Ranging in tone from the critical to the playful, the photographers’ works are united by their passionate regard for how the American people express themselves in their physical universe.

  • 10 May 2006 – 23 Jul 2006

    Deborah HalpernAngel

    This exhibition coincides with the installation of Deborah Halpern's sculpture Angel on the Yarra bank at Birrarung Marr, a spectacular site for what is one of Melbourne's most loved works of public art. This exhibition surveys Halpern's practice and places Angel in the fuller context of her artistic career.

  • 04 May 2006 – 12 Nov 2006

    Abstract ModeGeometric Fashion and Textiles

    Abstract Mode presents geometric patterns and forms in women’s and men’s fashion and textiles from the 19th century to the present. Works range from the delicate patterns of mid-to-late 19th century women’s dress to the futuristic 1960s style of Pierre Cardin and the energetic sampling of contemporary fashion.

  • 27 Apr 2006 – 16 Jul 2006

    Top Arts: VCE 2005

    Top Arts: VCE 2005 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 Apr 2006 – 10 Sep 2006

    Mountains and StreamsChinese Paintings from the Asian Collection

    China’s magnificent scenery of mountains and streams has inspired Chinese scholars, poets and painters for thousands of years. Drawing on the NGV’s Asian art collection, this exhibition focuses on the period from the 14th century to the present day and examines the worship of mountains as sacred places in China.

  • 25 Mar 2006 – 16 Jul 2006

    Focus on LacquerJapanese Lacquer at the National Gallery of Victoria

    Focus on Lacquer celebrates one of the most highly regarded expressions of Japanese art. The works on display explore the range of lacquer ware produced in Japan from the 14th century to the present. Styles represented include contemporary and historical Negoro lacquer and maki-e lacquer.

  • 04 Mar 2006 – 28 Apr 2006
  • 03 Mar 2006 – 25 Jun 2006

    Words and PicturesFrom Glasgow Museums Gallery of Modern Art

    This exhibition features work by two contemporary artists from Glasgow – A moment´s silence (for someone close to you) by Douglas Gordon and Gobstopper by  Roderick Buchanan. Both Gordon and Buchanan have made a crucial contribution to Glasgow’s worldwide reputation as a centre for visual arts.

  • 24 Feb 2006 – 25 Jun 2006

    2006 Contemporary Commonwealth

    Presented by Festival Melbourne2006 and the 2006 Commonwealth Games, 2006 Contemporary Commonwealth features groundbreaking works by artists from Australia and countries across the Commonwealth. This exhibition is a collaboration between NGV and ACMI.

  • 24 Feb 2006 – 21 May 2006

    William Kentridge7 Fragments for Georges Méliès

    William Kentridge is internationally renowned for his animated short films, and for the charcoal drawings he makes in producing them. 7 Fragments for Georges Méliès is a meditation on the life of the artist and as a suite of films it encapsulates Kentridge’s practice: drawing, performance, sculpture, animation and film.

  • 09 Feb 2006 – 11 Jul 2006

    Land Marks

    Land Marks, drawn almost entirely from the NGV’s collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, looks at the history of Indigenous art in Australia and acknowledges some of its great masters of tradition and innovation. It also traces the evolution of new forms of painting and sculpture in Indigenous Australia.

  • 17 Dec 2005 – 26 Feb 2006

    Paul PfeifferMorning after the deluge

    Morning after the deluge is a video installation by New York based artist Paul Pfeiffer. At the core of Pfeiffer's practice is an investigation into the impact of the digital age on our perceptions of reality and the nature of vision.

  • 09 Dec 2005 – 26 Mar 2006

    Exiles and EmigrantsEpic Journeys to Australia in the Victorian Era

    During the reign of Queen Victoria (1837–1901) almost 15 million people left the British Isles in search of a better life. Exiles and Emigrants is the first art exhibition to focus on the issue of emigration during this extraordinary chapter of Australian history.

  • 09 Dec 2005 – 07 May 2006


    This exhibition celebrates the work of Australian-born contemporary fashion designer Martin Grant. It presents works from the early 1990s, designed after he established his label in Paris, through to his 2006 spring-summer collection. These works offer an insight into Grant’s influences and the recurring themes that characterise his approach to design.

  • 01 Dec 2005 – 30 Apr 2006

    DRAWNFrom the Collection

    This exhibition explores the diversity and continuity of drawing practice from the 15th century until the present day. It traces the different ways drawing has been used by painters, sculptors and designers and highlights both formal and conceptual connections between drawing practices across time.

  • 23 Nov 2005 – 07 May 2006

    Remote ControlContemporary Photomedia

    This is an exhibition of contemporary international and Australian photography and video from the NGV Collection. Showcased are four works of cinematic style and proportion – in each work, the artist takes on a directorial role, manoeuvring lighting, sets and actors from behind the lens, as if by remote control.

  • 12 Nov 2005 – 29 Jan 2006

    Margaret PrestonArt and Life

    Margaret Preston (1875–1963) is one of Australia’s most innovative early modernists. In this first major retrospective of Margaret Preston’s work, more than 100 of her commanding compositions are brought together with her prints, pottery, textiles, photographs and documents. 

  • 04 Nov 2005 – 19 Mar 2006

    Gwyn Hanssen PigottA Survey 1955–2005

    This is the first comprehensive survey of ceramic works by Gwyn Hanssen Pigott, Australia’s most acclaimed potter. The exhibition features functional wares she produced in the 1960s and 1970s through to still-life groups of porcelain vessels that she developed in the 1980s and for which she is internationally renowned.

  • 28 Oct 2005 – 05 Feb 2006

    British Art & the 60s from Tate Britain

    This exhibition explores new departures in the form and content of art in Britain from 1956 to 1968. This was a period of seismic change in Britain and in British culture. The art of the period both reflected and participated in the social revolution that became mythologised as the 'Swinging Sixties'.

  • 21 Oct 2005 – 29 Jan 2006


    This exhibition features print publications by some of the most acclaimed artists working in Britain over the past two decades including Damien Hirst, Sarah Lucas, Marc Quinn, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor, Julian Opie and Langlands & Bell.

  • 26 Aug 2005 – 02 Apr 2006

    EverlastingThe Flower in Fashion and Textiles

    This is the first exhibition in Australia to survey the enduring presence of floral themes and motifs within western fashion and textiles. On display are 46 examples of women's and men's dress, textiles and accessories dating from the middle of the 16th century to the dawn of our present century.

  • 02 Aug 2005 – 06 Nov 2005

    This & Other WorldsContemporary Australian Drawing

    This exhibition features works made during the past ten years by artists for whom drawing is an essential and consistent part of their practice. The selection is representative of the energy and inherent diversity that characterise contemporary drawing activity in Australia. 

  • 24 Jun 2005 – 02 Oct 2005

    Dutch MastersFrom the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

    This exhibition offers audiences the richest survey of 17th century Dutch art ever staged in Australia. The exhibition brings together more than 100 works and decorative objects by great artists such as Johannes Vermeer, Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Pieter de Hooch and Jan Steen.

  • 10 Jun 2005 – 13 Nov 2005

    SkinPhotographs of the body from the twentieth century

    Since the medium of photography began in the 1830s, the body, especially the nude, has been the subject of our fascinated gaze. This exhibition explores how artists have used the camera to describe, celebrate and mythologise the naked body through a selection of photographs drawn from the NGV Collection.