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Masters of modern Indonesian portraiture
Previous exhibition from Saturday 20 September 2014 until Wednesday 15 October 2014
Self portrait, 1957 by Sunarto P. R.
Self portrait, 1957 by Sunarto P. R.
A major National Gallery of Indonesia initiative, Masters of modern Indonesian portraiture is an exhibition of thirty-five significant Indonesian art works presented at the National Portrait Gallery. The exhibition offers significant insight into the rich portrait practice of Indonesia, showcasing key modernist works (1930 - 1980s) drawn from the National Gallery of Indonesia’s collection along with a selection of contemporary works by leading contemporary artists. It will be the first time works from the National Gallery of Indonesia will be shown in Australia and importantly is a rare opportunity for Australian audiences to view the work of eminent modern artists from Indonesia, including masters S. Sudjojono. Hendra Gunawan and Affandi. The project is a National Gallery of Indonesia Travelling exhibition being developed collaboratively for display at the National Portrait Gallery by both institutions’ professional staff and is the first formal project in what is hoped to be an ongoing relationship between the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery of Indonesia. 

11 portraits

1Masters of Modern Indonesian Portraiture exhibition video: 4 minutes. 2Menjuliti Petai, 1957 by Hendra Gunawan. 3Asti, 1980 by Soedibio. 4Kakak and Adik, 1972 by Mulyadi W. 5Anak, 1964 by Nashar. 6´╗┐Potret Diri dan Pipanya, 1971 by Affandi.

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Christine Clark (curator)

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Marilyn Ball, Albatross, 2018 (detail) by Linde Ivimey
Marilyn Ball, Albatross, 2018 (detail) by Linde Ivimey
Marilyn Ball, Albatross, 2018 (detail) by Linde Ivimey

So Fine

Contemporary women artists make Australian history

Previous exhibition, 2018

This exhibition features new works from ten women artists reinterpreting and reimagining elements of Australian history, enriching the contemporary narrative around Australia’s history and biography, reflecting the tradition of storytelling in our country.

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Beyond the Self

Contemporary Portraiture from Asia

Previous exhibition, 2011

This exhibition examines the representation of the self in current South and Southeast Asian art practice through the work of artists from India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines and Thailand

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Professor Peter Doherty, 2001 Rick Amor
Professor Peter Doherty, 2001 Rick Amor
Professor Peter Doherty, 2001 Rick Amor

Rick Amor

21 Portraits

Previous exhibition, 2014

Rick Amor, noblest yet most unaffected of contemporary Australian portraitists, is also a painter of enigmatic, ominous landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes that haunt the viewer like dreams, dimly-recalled.

Divide, 2011 by Sam Jinks
Divide, 2011 by Sam Jinks
Divide, 2011 by Sam Jinks
Divide, 2011 by Sam Jinks

In the flesh

Previous exhibition, 2014

In the flesh is an enthralling and immersive experience of contemporary art that confronts the concept of humanness and the experiences of consciousness and emotion. Featuring ten Australian artists including Jan Nelson, Patricia Piccinini, Ron Mueck and Michael Peck, the exhibition explores themes of intimacy, empathy, transience, transition, vulnerability, alienation, restlessness, reflection, mortality and acceptance.

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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.