Exhibitions that closed in 2009

Óscar Muñoz: Biografías
Colombian artist Oscar Munoz is something of a gentle magician, his 'disappearing drawings' are poignant and beautiful. The five-channel video installation Biografias is one of a series of works in which portraits slowly vanish, reflecting the disappearance of people on a regular basis in Colombia.
19 February - 14 June 2009


Ângela Ferreira & Narelle Jubelin
This collaborative exhibition unites the artists’ interests in post-colonial experiences: Ferreira’s in Mozambique and South Africa, Jubelin’s in Australia. Both artists work within a research-based practice, building narratives in which every new work connects to their previous projects.
19 February - 14 June 2009


Archibald Wynne & Sulman Prizes 2009
The Archibald Prize is one of Australia's oldest and most prestigious art awards. J.F. Archibald's primary aims were to foster portraiture, support artists and perpetuate the memory of great Australians.
7 March - 24 May 2009


A dynamic and popular exhibition featuring a selection of outstanding student artworks developed for the artmaking component of the HSC examination in Visual Arts, 2008.
14 February - 19 April 2009


Contemporary Collection
Landscape, nature and place remain focuses in contemporary art. This selection of works from the collection considers the tradition of landscape painting, explores how our concept of nature has changed after the digital revolution, and uses natural materials to craft allegories of place.
19 February - 2 October 2009


Country Culture Community
Featuring over 32 key artists from the Gallery's collection, this exhibition celebrates Indigenous Australia’s cultural heritage and its many contemporary expressions and is held in conjunction with the launch of the Gallery’s new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education kit.
12 November 2008 - 19 April 2009


Double Take: Anne Landa Award 2009
The Anne Landa Award is the first biennial exhibition in Australia dedicated to moving image and new media arts. The artists in this year's exhibition consider what it means to transform the self into another persona – as a doppelganger, a karaoke performer, an avatar, a robot or a fantasy alter-ego. Guest curator Victoria Lynn.
7 May - 19 July 2009


et al. maintenance of social solidarity
et al. is the name of an elusive collective of artists from New Zealand who keep their individual identities to themselves. Their installations explore complex aspects of human behaviour, including philosophy, religion, technology and politics.
25 June - 13 September 2009


From the archive of Rubery Bennett
William Rubery Bennett (1893-1987) was both a painter and the director of a successful commercial gallery in Sydney for over 30 years. This exhibition is drawn from his archive, donated to the Art Gallery of NSW in 2004.
15 October - 18 December 2009


Genji - The world of the Shining Prince
2008 marks the 1000th anniversary of Japan’s oldest novel, The Tale of Genji. Featuring about 70 works, this exhibition shows the imaginative power of Japanese artists to adapt and translate this timeless and popular tale.
12 December 2008 - 15 February 2009


Half Light
This is the first major survey of the work of Australian Indigenous artists engaging with the photographic medium and the portrait.
21 November 2008 - 22 February 2009


Horace Trenerry
Horace Trenerry was a remarkably adventurous South Australian painter. It is his late work that provides the most significant evidence of his genius; chalky, boldly designed images that place him on a par with the finest modern Australian landscape painters of his time.
29 November 2008 - 15 March 2009


Intensely Dutch: image, abstraction and the word
This exhibition presents the work of some of the most important post-war Dutch artists, including those associated with CoBrA and art informel, and those who preceded them, such as Willem de Kooning.
5 June - 23 August 2009


Justene Williams
Sydney-based artist Justene Williams presents a new five-channel video installation exploring her ongoing interest in the history of images, gesture and dance.
19 February - 14 June 2009 (note changed dates)


Korean Dreams
Korean Dreams, paintings and screens of the Joseon Dynasty - The U Fan Lee Collection in the Guimet Museum, Paris. This exhibition, the first showing of traditional Korean painting in the Gallery, comprises Korean screens, hanging scrolls and album leaves dating from the 17th to 19th centuries.
5 March - 8 June 2009


Monet and the Impressionists
The Art Gallery of NSW is the only Australian venue for this extraordinary exhibition of Impressionist paintings from the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, including 29 works by Claude Monet alongside masterpieces by Cézanne, Degas, Pissarro, Renoir, Sisley and others.
11 October 2008 - 26 January 2009


Mountford Gifts
This focus exhibition will highlight the eight bark paintings and sixteen works on paper that came to the Art Gallery in 1956 from the American Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL), which was the largest expedition in Australia’s history.
21 March - 3 June 2009


Nicholas Mangan: Between a rock and a hard place
For his new project, Melbourne-based artist Nicholas Mangan looks to the tiny South Pacific island of Nauru. Nauru is the starting point for a richly imaginative installation incorporating found objects, collages and video, as Mangan explores the idea that “the middle of nowhere is the centre of everything”.
25 June - 13 September 2009


Operation art 2009
Operation art is an annual exhibition of children's art from schools throughout NSW created for the Children's Hospital, Westmead.
3 September - 8 November 2009


Printmaking in the age of Romanticism
Romanticism emerged in the late 18th century as a powerful force in the development of European music, literature, painting and the graphic arts. This exhibition of over 100 prints includes works by artists, including Blake, Turner, Géricault and Delacroix, who turned to printmaking for its unique, expressive possibilities.
6 August - 25 October 2009


Re-opening of the Grand Courts
Sydney’s premier collections of European and Australian art to the end of the 19th century are housed permanently in the Grand Courts of the Art Gallery of NSW. These elegant rooms were the first in the Gallery to be built, in 1897. Now they have gone through a major refurbishment.
From 12 September 2009


Silk ikats of Central Asia
An exhibition of late 19th-century robes, tunics and textile panels that presents the remarkable artistic achievement and technical virtuosity of the silk designers, dyers and weavers of Central Asia.
2 July - 6 October 2009


Sydney Long: Pan
This Focus Room exhibition provides an in-depth historical analysis of Pan as well as considering the work’s significance within the broader developments of Australian landscape painting during the build-up to Federation.
6 June - 30 August 2009


Tackling The Field
The Field - the inaugural exhibition for the triumphant reopening of the National Gallery of Victoria in 1968 - featured 74 works by artists working in Australia. This Focus Room installation will feature six paintings shown in this seminal exhibition, from the Gallery's collection.
5 September - 29 November 2009


Tim Johnson: painting ideas
A visionary and often eclectic search for artistic and spiritual connections between cultures and countries is at the core of Tim Johnson’s art. This major survey exhibition will range from Johnson’s light performances, films and artist books of the early 1970s to his mature collaborative paintings.
13 March - 17 May 2009


Video Swell Sydney
Four artists. Four videos. Two weeks per screening. A video program revealing the remarkable breadth and diversity of video art in Sydney, including Shaun Gladwell, TV Moore, The Kingpins, and Kate Murphy.
3 October - 29 November 2009