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Sidney Nolan's Ned Kelly Series

When:

Thu 8 Nov 2018, 10:00am–5:00pm
Fri 9 Nov 2018, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sat 10 Nov 2018, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sun 11 Nov 2018, 10:00am–5:00pm
Mon 12 Nov 2018, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth Cultural Centre, Perth CBD, Western Australia

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Art Gallery of WA

This must-see series is a Travelling Exhibition from the National Gallery of Australia. It is a rare opportunity to view these renowned works that depict the story of the outlaw Kelly, and evidence Nolan’s characteristic expressive landscapes and vivid storytelling techniques.

Ned Kelly seen through Sidney Nolan’s rebel masterpiece series, explores themes of identity, individuality, a strong sense of place and vivid brushwork, which have cemented this series of outlaw Ned Kelly in Australia’s psyche of national identity.

AGWA focusses on the Australian iconic rebel Ned Kelly as immortalised in Sidney Nolan’s celebrated series of 26 works from the 1940s. This must see series is on short-term loan from the National Gallery of Australia. The show offers a rare opportunity to view this renowned sequence depicting the story of the fabled bush outlaw Kelly, demonstrating Nolan’s characteristic bold and expressive sense of landscape and vivid storytelling.

From 1946 to 1947, Nolan developed an original and starkly simplified image of Ned Kelly, which quickly became a national symbol—part of the shared iconography of Australia. The NGA acquired its first Ned Kelly work from the series in 1972, Death of Sergeant Kennedy at Stringybark Creek 1946. In 1977, Sunday Reed donated to the NGA 25 of the 27 paintings from Nolan’s first exhibited Kelly series. Together, these 26 paintings provide a masterclass on Australian art history and the development of a new figuration and landscape painting in Australian art, with enamel-like surfaces on board.

There are a number of special events planned, including a lecture series, guided tours and a historical banquet dinner featuring an after-hours tour of Sidney Nolan's Ned Kelly series and mask-masking family fun in the Imagination room July–September.

Image credit - Sidney Nolan
Ned Kelly 1946 from the Ned Kelly series 1946–1947
Enamel paint on composition board
90.80 x 121.50 cm
Gift of Sunday Reed 1977
National Gallery of Australia collection