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The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia is home to NGV’s Collection of Australian art. NGV Australia opened in November 2002 with the generous support of The Ian Potter Foundation. In December 2008, NGV Australia welcomed its 6 millionth visitor.

NGV Australia has a collection of over 26,000 works, including paintings, decorative arts, photography, prints, drawings, sculpture, fashion and textiles and jewellery. It presents the story of Australian art through a comprehensive program of permanent and temporary exhibitions across 6000 square meters of exhibition space.

In 2004, Dr Joseph Brown OBE, AO gifted a significant part of his collection to the Gallery. More than 150 works from Australia’s most respected 19th and 20th century artists are now on permanent display at NGV Australia.

Our Collection

This Victorian State Collection is managed by the National Gallery of Victoria, which was founded in 1861 to maintain, conserve, develop and promote a State collection of works of art. The Gallery has two venues in Melbourne: one on St Kilda Road (featuring international artworks), and the other at Federation Square (featuring Australian artworks). The collection is made up of twelve major components: ? Australian Art ? Australian Fashion & Textiles ? Australian Prints & Drawings ? Australian Photography ? Indigenous ? International Art ? International Fashion & Textiles ? International Prints & Drawings ? International Photography ? Decorative Arts & Antiquities ? Asian Art ? Oceanic & Pre-Columbian

This Victorian State Collection is of international, national and state artistic and cultural significance as a resource for research, public education and entertainment.

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Australian Art

Includes paintings, sculpture & decorative arts. Australian Art to 1900: Includes many important works from the colonial period and iconic Australian masterpieces from artists of the Heidelberg School and the pre-Federation era. Includes: Bertram Mackennal, Circe, John Glover, The River Nile Van Diemans Land from Mr Glover?s Farm, Eugene von Guerard, Weatherboard Falls, Nicholas Chevalier, The Buffalo Ranges, Tom Roberts, Shearing the Rams, Arthur Streeton, The Purple Noon?s Transparent Light. Australian Art 1900-1950: Includes representation of the divergent streams of art practice in the first half of the 20th century and singular works produced at the time of Federation and during First and Second World Wars. It includes examples of the significant role women played in the development of post-Impressionism and Modernism in Australia. Includes: Frederick McCubbin The Pioneer, John Longstaff, Burke and Wills, Norman Lindsay, Spring?s Innocence, George Lambert, A Sergeant of the Light Horse In Palestine, Grace Cossington-Smith, The Bridge in Curve, Margaret Preston, Corner of Mosman Bay, Sidney Nolan, The Footballer, Sidney Nolan, The Wimmera Series, Russell Drysdale, The Rabiteers, John Perceval, Soul Singer at Luna Park, Albert Tucker, Memory of Leonski. Australian Art 1950-1980: Encompasses artists working in Melbourne in the 1950s, exploring the topical social issues and notions of identity. Moving into the 60s and beyond, the collection maps the various forms of abstraction across a range of media, and documents the trend to re-examine Australia?s myth, legends and urban life. Includes: John Brack, Collins Street at 5pm, John Perceval, Tug Boat in a Boat, William Dobell, Helena Rubinstein, Robert Klippel, Opus 318. Australian Contemporary Art: Focuses on young or emerging Australian artists. It embraces key developments in Australian art of the past 30 years, with a particular emphasis on the practices of Melbourne artists of national and international importance. Post-colonialism, social identify, hybrid art practices and artists? engagement with the natural and built worlds feature in this collection. Includes: Ricky Swallow, Model for a Sunken Monument, Howard Arkley, Muzak Mural ? Chair Tableau, Jenny Watson, The Crimean Wars: The Freplace, Robert MacPherson, 20 Frog Poems: Hill Song (Floury Baker) for G.B., Peter Booth, Winter. The Victorian Foundation for Living Artists (VFLAA) contains significant contemporary works of art by Australian artists available for loan to the network of regional and metropolitan galleries of Victoria

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