A National Gallery of Australia Exhibition

22 June - 4 August 2019
Cathleen Edkins Gallery

For the first time in 15 years, the National Gallery of Australia’s collection of Sidney Nolan’s ‘Ned Kelly’ paintings is touring Australia in its entirety. The national tour gives Australians across the country the chance to experience some of the most famous and poignant masterpieces of 20th-century Australian art.

Sidney Nolan’s Ned Kelly series depicts the story of Australia’s most infamous outlaw in a sequence of 26 paintings.

Nolan’s starkly simplified silhouette and vibrant colour strokes brought this early colonial mythology to life, with Nolan’s depiction quickly forming part of Australia’s shared iconography.

The series is a masterclass on Australian art history and the development of a new figuration and landscape depiction in Australian art.

An exhibition not to be missed!

This exhibition will also be accompanied by free screenings of the documentary Nolan (PG) – 11am daily in the Dress Circle Theatre from 22 June – 22 July.

Image: Sidney Nolan Ned Kelly 1946, Gift of Sunday Reed 1977, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

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