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Ben Mendelsohn, 2001 (printed 2014)

Ingvar Kenne

type C photograph on paper (frame: 103.0 cm x 103.0 cm depth 3.8 cm, sheet: 100.0 cm x 100.0 cm)

Ben Mendelsohn (b. 1969), actor, spent much of his early childhood abroad as his father, a leading medical researcher, worked in Europe and the USA. Returning to Melbourne in time to attend high school, he began acting in local theatre productions and gained roles on television series including The Henderson Kids. His breakthrough role came in the quiet hit The Year My Voice Broke (1987) for which he won the AFI award for Best Supporting Actor. After The Big Steal (1990) and Spotswood (1992) he made Cosi and Idiot Box in 1996 and Mullet in 2000. That year he appeared in his first Hollywood venture, Vertical Limit; and during the ensuing decade featured in Terrence Malick’s masterpiece The New World (2005), Knowing (2009), Baz Luhrmann’s Australia (2008), and Beautiful Kate (2009) opposite Bryan Brown and Rachel Griffiths. In 2010 he triumphed with his role as the menacing leader of a family of criminal brothers in the ensemble drama Animal Kingdom. His performance won him the AFI award and the Inside Film award for best actor and saw him named GQ magazine’s Actor of the Year. Mendelsohn has since appeared in many American and British films including the third instalment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy The Dark Knight Rises (2012); the crime dramas The place beyond the pines and Killing them softly (both 2012); Ridley Scott’s Biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014); Rogue One: a Star Wars Story (2016); Una (2017); and Darkest Hour (2017). Having appeared in the HBO series Girls in 2013, Mendelsohn distinguished himself as a television actor in Bloodline (2015–2017) for which he won a Golden Globe nomination and an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2017
Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program

Accession number: 2017.141

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Artist and subject

Ingvar Kenne (age 36 in 2001)

Ben Mendelsohn (age 32 in 2001)

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.

Rosie Batty, 2017 Nikki Toole
Rosie Batty, 2017 Nikki Toole
Rosie Batty, 2017 Nikki Toole
Rosie Batty, 2017 Nikki Toole

Express Yourself

Previous exhibition, 2018

This exhibition celebrates Australians whose unique life experiences symbolise social and cultural forces. Uncompromising individuality defines them. The portraits are drawn from the National Portrait Gallery’s collection of contemporary photography and drawing.

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.

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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.