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Baz Luhrmann, 2005

Ingvar Kenne

type C photograph on paper (frame: 103.0 cm x 103.0 cm, sheet: 100.0 cm x 100.0 cm)

Baz Luhrmann (b. 1962), film director, aspired to be an actor, appearing in Winter of Our Dreams (1981) and studying acting at NIDA before turning to directing. In 1986 he and fellow NIDA students devised a successful one-act stage piece called Strictly Ballroom, which toured Australia in an expanded version the following year. After mounting an acclaimed La Bohème for the Australian Opera (a production he would recreate on Broadway in 2002) Luhrmann co-wrote and directed the film version of Strictly Ballroom (1992), which won 8 AFIs, including the Best Director and Best Picture awards. Strictly Ballroom's success in the U.S. landed Luhrmann a three-year deal with Fox. His 1996 hit Romeo + Juliet made more than $US 45 million. It was followed by Moulin Rouge (2001), which premiered triumphantly at Cannes and earned 8 Oscar nominations; Australia (2008) and eight short films for display in the gallery spaces in the Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition Impossible Conversations: Schiaparelli and Prada (2012). His audacious version of The Great Gatsby, filmed in Sydney and the Blue Mountains premiered in mid-2013.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2006

Accession number: 2006.43

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Ingvar Kenne (age 40 in 2005)

Baz Luhrmann (age 43 in 2005)

Subject professions

Performing arts

Donated by

Ingvar Kenne (14 portraits)

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On one level The Companion talks about the most famous and frontline Australians, but on another it tells us about ourselves: who we read, who we watch, who we listen to, who we cheer for, who we aspire to be, and who we'll never forget. The Companion is available to buy online and in the Portrait Gallery Store.

Cormac + Callum Kenne, My Children, Sydney, Australia, 2009
Cormac + Callum Kenne, My Children, Sydney, Australia, 2009
Cormac + Callum Kenne, My Children, Sydney, Australia, 2009
Cormac + Callum Kenne, My Children, Sydney, Australia, 2009

Citizen Kenne

Magazine article by April Thompson, 2013

April Thompson explores an exhibition of Ingvar Kenne’s global portrait project.

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.

Elle Macpherson, 2000 Polly Borland
Elle Macpherson, 2000 Polly Borland
Elle Macpherson, 2000 Polly Borland
Elle Macpherson, 2000 Polly Borland

Australian Visit

Previous exhibition, 2006

The exhibition will include works of art from the NPG Canberra's permanent collection with some inward loans and aims to highlight the achievements of notable Australians.

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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.