Inge King and Bea Maddock: Respected figures in Australian art

The recent passing of Inge King, AM, and Bea Maddock, AM, saw the loss of two significant and highly respected figures in Australian art. We commemorate these great women in the Collection. Inge King Ingeborg Viktoria (Inge) King, AM, (1915–2016) was a leading non-figurative sculptor in Australia for more than five decades. Born in Berlin,…

Strength, fragility, trauma and resolve

The Gallery is pleased to be able to display Archibald prize winner Ben Quilty’s striking portrait Sergeant P, after Afghanistan 2012, in time for reflection this ANZAC Day. The portrait was acquired through the 2014 Foundation Appeal with generous support from Foundation members and donors, including a lead donation from the Returned & Services League…

Scale is relative

Huang Yong Ping’s spectacular Ressort 2012 is part of a series of large-scale sculptures that depict a snake or dragon, a central symbol in Chinese culture, as well as in many other countries around the world. The work plays on different interpretations of the snake, from creation and temptation to wisdom and deception. Symbolically linking sky and…

View the time lapse of Sandra Selig’s ‘mid-air’

Sandra Selig’s installation practice concerns the site-specific interpretation of architectural spaces. The volume and form of space, air and light are evoked by works that employ the delicate, refined materials of nylon, plastics, cotton threads and pins. …I’ve always been interested in shapes and the formlessness of form.  These thread pieces are an attempt to…

Can a slide be art?

Our ‘experience’ is the primary ‘material’ Carsten Höller manipulates as an artist. He aims to alter how we perceive the world and spark the senses in new ways. Inspired by his work as a biologist, Höller uses the museum to make scientific and philosophical experiments that reshape our expectations about art and produce unexpected outcomes.…