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Go Figure!

Contemporary Chinese Portraiture

Previous exhibition from Thursday 13 September 2012 until Sunday 17 February 2013

The National Portrait Gallery and Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation present the exhibition Go Figure! Contemporary Chinese Portraiture to Canberra and Sydney audiences.

Untitled, 1995 by Fang Lijun
Untitled, 1995 by Fang Lijun

Go Figure! Contemporary Chinese Portraiture is the result of a partnership between the National Portrait Gallery and Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney. The two-site exhibition brings together works by artists living and working in mainland China who engage with the circumstances of life through portraiture, broadly defined. The portrait of a figure or a face becomes a means to express larger concerns about the situation of China and its people in the present. The works, spanning the decades since the beginning of China’s ‘open door’ policy in 1978, are drawn from the Sigg Collection, Switzerland and the M+ Sigg Collection, Hong Kong, together one of the world’s most important collections of experimental Chinese art.

National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
13 September 2012 – 17 February 2013
$10 / $8 Circle of Friends and concessions
Children 12 and under free

Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney
15 September – 1 December 2012
Free

17 portraits

1Portrait no. 3, 2005 by Li Dafang. 2Pimple, 2007 by Yang Na. 3Mao Zedong, red grid no. 2, 1988 by Wang Guangyi. 4Red child, 2005 by Zhang Xiaogang. 5Untitled (Mao Marilyn), 2005 by Yu Youhan. 6Untitled, 1997 by Zeng Fanzhi. 7Newspaper reader, 2004 by Ai Weiwei. 8No clouds at the Great Wall, 2010 by Jing Kewen.
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On the wall - Guangzhou (II), 2002
On the wall - Guangzhou (II), 2002
On the wall - Guangzhou (II), 2002
On the wall - Guangzhou (II), 2002

Go Figure!

Magazine article by Claire Roberts, 2013

Claire Roberts interviews Swiss art collector Uli Sigg.

Names not known by Ingvar Kenne
Names not known by Ingvar Kenne
Names not known by Ingvar Kenne
Names not known by Ingvar Kenne

Ingvar Kenne

Citizen

Previous exhibition, 2012

Swedish-born Australian photographer, Ingvar Kenne, captures both individuality and shared human experience in his ongoing portrait project Citizen.

The Coronation Theatre, Westminster Abbey: A Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2012 by Ralph Heimans
The Coronation Theatre, Westminster Abbey: A Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2012 by Ralph Heimans
The Coronation Theatre, Westminster Abbey: A Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2012 by Ralph Heimans
The Coronation Theatre, Westminster Abbey: A Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2012 by Ralph Heimans

Glorious

A Diamond Jubilee portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Previous exhibition, 2012

Glorious: A Diamond Jubilee portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is a collection-based display representing The Queen in the early and late years of her glittering sixty-year reign.

Animation 1 from the series Hereinbefore, 2012 video: 1 minute
Animation 1 from the series Hereinbefore, 2012 video: 1 minute
Animation 1 from the series Hereinbefore, 2012 video: 1 minute
Animation 1 from the series Hereinbefore, 2012 video: 1 minute

Digital Portraiture Award iD2012

Previous exhibition, 2012

The inaugural iD Digital Portraiture Award is an annual event intended to extend traditional notions of portraiture and reflects the National Portrait Gallery’s commitment to fostering emerging artists between the ages of 18 and 30 years old with an interest in contemporary technology.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.