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News From The National Portrait Gallery

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2013

9 March – 19 May 2013


The National Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition is selected from a national field of entries that reflect the distinctive vision of Australia’s aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects. The National Portrait Gallery offers a prize of $25,000 for the most outstanding photographic portrait.

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Ingvar Kenne: Citizen

Closing 27 January 2013

Meryl Tankard

Swedish-born Australian photographer Ingvar Kenne has captured individuality and shared human experience in his ongoing portrait project Citizen. This selection of bold portraits taken in Australia, China, Laos, Papua New Guinea and the United States of America strikingly reminds us that our unique experience of life is something that we all share.

The Citizen portraits were photographed on medium format colour negative film using a Mamiya 6 camera. They have been printed as Type C digital prints. The photographs, on loan from the artist and three from the National Portrait Gallery’s collection, are accompanied by Kenne’s descriptive captions.

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Meryl Tankard, Choreographer, Sydney, Australia 2003 by Ingvar Kenne


Go Figure!

Contemporary Chinese Portraiture

13 September 2012 – 17 February 2013
$10 / $8 Circle of Friends and concessions
Children 12 and under free

Portrait no. 3

Drawn from the Sigg Collection, Switzerland and the M+ Sigg Collection, Hong Kong, together one of the world’s most important collections of experimental Chinese art, the Go Figure! is a vibrant expression of Chinese culture and contemporary portraiture. The exhibition includes works by many of China’s leading contemporary and experimental artists. It is a unique opportunity to view the most outstanding pieces from the collection. A beautiful, fully-illustrated 192 page exhibition catalogue is available. Thirty minute highlight tours run each day at 2.30pm.

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Pimple 2007 by Yang Na. M+ Sigg Collection


First Ladies
Significant Australian Women 1913-2013

Opening 1 February 2013

Jessie Street

First Ladies profiles women who have achieved noteworthy firsts over the past 100 years. The focus display includes Australia’s first female Governor General, Quentin Bryce; Elizabeth Blackburn, the first Australian-born woman to be awarded a Nobel Prize; and aviatrix Nancy Bird Walton, Australia’s first female commercial pilot. First Ladies maps the milestones accomplished by Australian women across diverse fields of endeavour, from politics, activism and academia to sport, science and business, taking in the stories of household names as well as unsung heroines.

Jessie Street 1929 by Jerrold H. Nathan


The lost thing (2011)

Sunday 13 January
10.30am and 1.30pm, 15 minutes

The lost thing won the 2011 Academy Award for best animated short film. It is based on the highly acclaimed picture book by multi award winning author and illustrator, Shaun Tan. A modern fable with a unique aesthetic, the story is at once idiosyncratic and universal in its appeal to all ages. Directed by Andrew Ruhemann and Shaun Tan.

China Power – Art now after Mao (2008)

Sunday 6 January
2.00pm, 56 minutes

China Power is a reflection on modern China by its artists, filmmakers, and curators focussing on China’s burgeoning art scene. Directed by Pia Getty.

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