2015 will prove an enriching year with a diversity of exhibitions on FREE ENTRY show at the National Gallery of Victoria in its two locations, NGV International on St Kilda Road, and NGV Australia in Federation Square, Melbourne. The detail of Pan from Edward Burne-Jones wonderful work The Garden of Pan 1886-7 is showing us the way, heralding the fact the Pre-Raphealites are back!
First up though at Fed Square your free entry will let you see The Joseph Brown Collection, a defining and quite amazing exhibition at NGV Australia on Level 2, 14th February 2014 – January 20, 2015. This is the greatest single gift of works of art every made to a public gallery in Australia and like the Frederick McCubbin painted in 1899 recording Autumn memories, the exhibition tells the tale of a man who through generousity of spirit made ‘…an enduring difference to the culture of this country’.
Nordic Cool: Modernist Design from the NGV Collection will commence 28th February and be on display until December 15 in the Decorative Arts passage on Level 2 of the NGV International. The works of the great Scandinavian artists of the 20th century is well back in contention, and much of this was acquired in 1952 by the Felton Bequest, showcasing works by such as George Jensen a leading manufacturer and designer Henning Koppel as well as stunning ceramics, glass, silver, furniture, textiles and lighting.
Embroideries, an important aspect of the ‘threads of our society’ are amazing. So are the works completed in silver and gold, or the crewel works finished in wool, silk embroidered pictures, stunning samplers and fashionable dress accessories all on display showcasing Exquisite Threads: English Embroidery 1600s-1900s, also from the NGV Collection. There will be some sixty works, that have been conserved to reflect how creating images of three dimensional quality using only a needle and thread can be powerful. With themes of education, fashion and home, they reveal important aspects of the lifestyle in English homes of their time. On the Ground Level of the NGV International, this exquisite show commences April 15 – 12 July, 2015 and will be a must to visit, replete with interest, beauty and colour.
Medieval Moderns – The Pre-Raphealite Brotherhood will also be at the NGV International on the Ground Floor from April 15th to 12th July 2015 so you can take in a number of outstanding shows in one fell swoop and gaze on the complete beauty of Edward Burne-Jones wonderful The Garden of Pan. The holdings of the NGV of works by the English artists that formed the 19th centuries Pre-Raphealite Brotherhood is world renowned. Their profound influence on later generation of artists will become evident, in a display that includes key works from the NGV Collection plus those on loan from Private Collectors in Australia and other institutions in Melbourne.
Follow the Flag: Australian Artists at War 1914–45 will be at the NGV Australia. It is the National Gallery of Victoria’s Free entry contribution to marking the centenary of the landing at Gallipoli Cove. Works by many of Australia’s great 20th century artists will be represented, including George W Lambert’s ‘A sargeant of the Light Horse, 1920 with Arthur Streeton, Russell Drysdale, Albert Tucker, Max Dupain and more. Other works by soldiers in the field and unknown artists actively engaged at home and abroad during World War I, will hang side by side with the best. This will be a thought-provoking display, reflecting and reminding us of turbulent times when so many were lost to ensure we have freedom today. Lest we Forget.