Exhibitions opened in 2007 

  • 30 Nov 2007 – 24 Feb 2008

    Bertram MackennalThe Fifth Balnaves Foundation Sculpture Project

    Bertram Mackennal was the most successful Australian artist of his time, establishing an international reputation as a virtuoso modeller of mythological and allegorical nudes. This exhibition brings together more than 50 of Mackennal’s sculptures and maquettes from Australian and international collections.

  • 15 Nov 2007 – 24 Feb 2008

    Modern Britain 1900–1960Masterworks from Australian and New Zealand collections

    Modern Britain 1900–1960 traces the development of British art and society across six decades of tremendous innovation and change.

  • 26 Oct 2007 – 17 Feb 2008

    Imagination, Inspiration, IntuitionJoseph Beuys and Rudolph Steiner

    This exhibition examines connections between the art of Joseph Beuys (1921–1986) and the teachings of Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925). Beuys’ Directive forces (Of a new society) from the Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, is exhibited with Steiner’s chalk drawings, providing a unique opportunity to engage with these men’s ideas through a visual medium.

  • 25 Oct 2007 – 06 Apr 2008

    Role PlayPortrait Photography

    Portrait photography is a complex area of photographic practice that involves a dynamic process of collaboration between the sitter, viewer and camera operator. This exhibition creates a provocative interchange between historical and contemporary photography to suggest how photographers work to construct, question or reflect the notion of ‘role playing’.

  • 06 Oct 2007 – 16 Mar 2008

    KrishnaLove and Devotion

    Krishna is one of the most popular of the Hindu gods worshipped throughout Asia, in particular India. This exhibition offers both historical and contemporary interpretations of Krishna worship and devotion and explores the narrative of Krisha’s life story through some 70 works in a range of media from across India. 

  • 28 Sep 2007 – 06 Jan 2008

    An incomplete worldWorks from The UBS Art Collection

    Drawn from one of the finest corporate art collections in the world, this exhibition presents work by leading international artists including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Lucian Freud, Damien Hirst, Andreas Gursky, Gerhard Richter and Cindy Sherman.

  • 13 Sep 2007 – 17 Feb 2008

    Yvonne AudetteDifferent Directions 1954–1966

    Yvonne Audette is one of Australia’s most accomplished abstract artists. This exhibition of paintings and drawings focuses on Audette’s expatriate years, charting the development of her distinctive abstract vocabulary, from her earliest experimentation with abstract forms to the lyrical calligraphic and graffiti works for which she is renowned. 

  • 06 Sep 2007 – 16 Jan 2008

    Gordon Bennett

    This exhibition presents 20 years of Bennett’s work, including many of the Notes to Basquiat paintings and works from the Home Décor series. The exhibition examines how Bennett’s focus on the disenfranchisement of colonialism resonates beyond the Australian context, and the challenge his work makes to political conservatism and social complacency.

  • 22 Aug 2007 – 03 Feb 2008

    Super BodiesHeroic Fashion from the 1980s

    A commanding trend in women’s fashion in the 1980s was the rise of the ‘Super Body’, a structured silhouette built upon the athletic body and an attitude of female supremacy. This exhibition pays tribute to these powerful and body-conscious styles, which are among the most enduring images of the decade.

  • 21 Jul 2007 – 14 Oct 2007

    Geoffrey Bartlett

    Geoffrey Bartlett is an established Melbourne sculptor. In 1983, he travelled to New York to undertake postgraduate study at Columbia University and this time in the US significantly impacted on his work. This exhibition presents more than 40 works produced following Bartlett’s return to Australia in 1985.

  • 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.