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The lady and the unicorn exhibition

A rare opportunity to experience the beauty, scale and intricacy of a masterpiece of medieval French art that has captivated viewers across the centuries

10 Feb – 24 Jun 2018

Revered as a national treasure in France, and known as the 15th-century ‘Mona Lisa of the Middle Ages’ The lady and the unicorn tapestry cycle will be making its exclusive appearance in Australia at the Art Gallery of NSW through a generous and exceptional loan from the collection of the Musée de Cluny – Musée national du Moyen Âge in Paris.

The six large tapestries each depict a richly costumed lady flanked by that most mysterious animal, the unicorn, with jewel-like millefleur (‘thousand flowers’) backgrounds. The tapestries present a vivid meditation on earthly pleasures and courtly love. They can also be viewed as an allegory of the five senses – sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell – plus a sixth ‘internal’ sense – heart, desire or will – which was widely known at the time.

With an engaging program of events and activities for all ages, and a specially designed digital experience, a visit to The lady and the unicorn will allow a close encounter with one of the world’s greatest treasures.

This exhibition is made possible with the support of the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

Buy tickets now from Qtix. Tickets can be used once, anytime the exhibition is open. You don’t specify a date or time when booking.

$18 adult
$16 concession
$14 member
$44 family (2 adults + up to 3 children)
$8 child (5-17 years)
Free for children under 5
A $2 transaction fee applies for online purchases

Multi-entry ticket
$29 adult
$26 concession
$23 member
Only available at the Gallery

Upper Asian gallery

A CITY. A FAMILY. A COLLECTION OF MAGNIFICENCE. – The Art Gallery of Western Australia


Introducing the private collection of one of Florence’s most eminent families, the Corsini family.

Featuring Renaissance and Baroque paintings by artists such as Botticelli, Tintoretto, Caravaggio and Pontormo – these extraordinary works of art have been preserved over centuries, surviving the devastation of World War II and the great flood of Florence.

This personal collection includes portraits, landscapes, mythological and religious paintings, plus fascinating decorative objects and furniture from the Palazzo Corsini.

Leaving the city it’s called home for 600 years, this is the first time this collection has toured outside of Italy and will be the only showing in Australia.

Experience for yourself this uniquely visual history of passion, fortune, and survival.

Become an AGWA Member and receive one adult ticket as part of your membership.
You will also have access to special members events and exclusive offers.

$15 Adult | $12 AGWA Member /Concession/Senior

Members see it once for free

$55 Two adult tickets and a catalogue
$37 Adult Season Pass | $30 Concession Season Pass
$37 Family Pass (2 Adults plus 3 Children) | $7 Children (5-17)
Children 4 and under, free

Tickets are dated, but can be changed ahead of time without penalty.


Hokusai Exhibition @ National Gallery of Victoria

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
21 July– 15 October, 2017

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Katsushika Hokusai is regarded as one of the most influential and creative minds in the history of Japanese art. His unique social observations, innovative approach to design and mastery of the brush, made him the most famous and popular artist of Edo period Japan as well as an internationally recognised artist. A self-professed ‘drawing maniac’, Hokusai was known by at least thirty names during his lifetime and was renowned for his unconventional behaviour. Although gaining fame during his lifetime he never attained financial success. His years of greatest artistic production were conducted in poverty, living in a hut by the Sumida River or spent travelling, drawing and painting. These uncertainties in life and constant contact with the working people contributed to his eccentric style, raw genius and everlasting popularity.

Hokusai features 129 prints, four paintings and ten rare books on loan from the Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, Matsumoto, with special features including a selection of Hokusai’s early works and complete sets of his most famous series’ including Thirty six views of Mount Fuji, Tour of famous waterfalls, Unusual views of celebrated bridges, Eight views of the Ryukyu Islands, Birds and flowers and Ghost tales.

A selection of NGV Collection works including The great wave will be exhibited as exhibition focus points beside corresponding works from the Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, giving visitors the opportunity to view different impressions of the same image side-by-side and allowing the NGV’s Hokusai prints to be put in a scholarly context for the first time.

Further highlights of the exhibition will include a section of Hokusai’s books featuring his iconic manga (comical drawings) in special multimedia projections. A further selection of original Hokusai paintings on loan from Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, will mark the first time Hokusai’s works in this medium will be exhibited in Australia.

Ecstasy Baroque Exhibition @ UQ Art Museum

Ecstasy Baroque
16 September 2017 – 4 February 2018

UQ Art Museum

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Almost four centuries after its creation, Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s St. Teresa in Ecstasy 1652 remains the emblem for religious visionary experience and baroque sensibilities in art. Going
beyond the sensuous suffering depicted by Bernini, Baroque Ecstasy brings historical depictions of ecstatic experiences together with modern and contemporary works that feature transcendence of normal consciousness, trance or trancelike states, expanded spiritual awareness, and visionary experiences. From saints and mystics, to bacchanalian fetes and dreamscapes, the exhibition also explores how Baroque stylistics such as theatricality, exaggeration, high drama, extravagance, frenzy and excess continue to permeate the work of contemporary artists.

Supported by the UQ Node, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (Europe 1100–1800)

500 Years On: Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation Exhibition @ de Beer Gallery, Special Collections, University of Otago

500 Years On: Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation
de Beer Gallery, Special Collections, University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ
Opens 24 March, 2017 and runs to 9 June, 2017

Our exhibition offers an overview of what was a massive revolution that occurred in Europe. The books on display are from Special Collections, University of Otago, the Hewitson Library, Knox College, Dunedin, and a private collection. Some of the items that will be on show include our Nuremberg Chronicle, printed in 1493; a late 15th century medieval Book of Hours; a sheet of Koberger’s German Bible, printed in 1483, an early guidebook to Rome (1515), and most notably, a rare Latin Bible (1481) that contains fragments of indulgences printed by William Caxton. Luther’s own work features, including his Deuteronomy (1525), his Works (1550), and a facsimile of his Bible, Die Propheten Alle Deutsch [1534; 1935]. Works by Johannes Cochlaeus, Erasmus, and Philip Melanchthon also feature. Also on display are colourful facsimile leaflets (flugblatt) from the period. They include Weiditz’s ‘Käsebauer und Käsefrau’ [Cheesemaker and his wife] (1521) and Erhard Schön’s ‘Der Teufel mit der Sackpfeife’ [The Devil playing the Bagpipe], 1535.

For a handlist of books/manuscripts, click here.

Love: Art of Emotion 1400-1800 Exhibition @ NGV and Master Classes @ The University of Melbourne

Love: Art of Emotion 1400-1800
Opens 31 March, Runs until 18 June
NGV International, Melbourne

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Love: Art of Emotion 1400–1800
draws upon the NGV’s diverse permanent collection to explore the theme of love in art, and the changing representations of this complex emotion throughout the early modern period in Europe.

While popular conceptions of love tend frequently to focus upon romantic love, Love: Art of Emotion explores love’s varied manifestations across the realms of human experience, including familial relationships, religious devotion, friendship, altruism, patriotism, narcissism, materialism and nostalgia. The exhibition presents depictions of love’s many variations in painting, sculpture, prints and drawings, as well as non-representational and functional objects such as costume, furniture and religious artefacts.

Featuring more than 200 works from the NGV’s International Collection, some of which have never been displayed before, the exhibition demonstrates the balance between modest and grandiose, civic and domestic, micro and macro, from Vivarini’s grand-scale, much-celebrated painting The Garden of Love to tiny pieces of jewellery, worn against the body as love tokens or in memoriam. Through these diverse objects and images, the exhibition explores notions of public display and private emotion, ostentation and intimacy, of performance and of feeling.

The exhibition also considers love in relation to its associated emotions such as desire, wonder, ecstasy, affection, compassion, envy, melancholy, longing and hope, as well as the ways in which these combine and intersect. Bringing together a diverse array of works from the Medieval to the Romantic period, Love: Art of Emotion examines the shifting, multifaceted expressions of this rich and perennially relevant subject.

There will be a series of masterclasses associated with this exhibition. Information about these events can be found here:

This exhibition is produced in collaboration with the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, The National Gallery of Victoria and The University of Melbourne.

European Splendour 1500–1800 Exhibition @ Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

European Splendour 1500–1800 Exhibition
Until 26 February 2017
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

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Exquisite European art and objects reveal how the Church, trade, and innovation influenced what was once considered the height of affluence.

For centuries in Europe, luxury goods were the preserve of the monarchy, church, and nobility. But waves of change gave more people than ever access to the beauty and sophistication of gold, fine furniture, silks, and lace.

Discover these objects of desire spanning 300 years of history.

University of Otago (Special Collections) – Two Former Exhibitions Now Online

The past two physical exhibitions held at the University of Otago Special Collections now have an online presence. One reflects use by researchers in Special Collections; the other an excellent collaboration with the University of Otago’s Matariki Network partner: Dartmouth College, NH.

Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age Exhibition @ Art Gallery of New South Wales

Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age: Masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum
Art Gallery of New South Wales
11 November 2017 – 18 February 2018

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This is a rare opportunity for Sydney audiences to experience outstanding works of art by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Ruisdael, Hals, Steen, Dou, Lievens and Leyster – each masters of their respective genres – drawn from the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, the great national collection of the Netherlands.

Rembrandt and the Dutch golden age presents a richly unfolding panorama of Dutch society in an era of unparalleled wealth, maritime power and cultural confidence. Vivid and compelling, the paintings encompass the tranquil Dutch landscape, the colourful life of the cities, Dutch society and morality, ships on the high seas and the characterful people who made the Dutch Republic such a success.

Travellers and Traders in the Indian Ocean World Exhibition @ Western Australian Maritime Museum

Travellers and Traders in the Indian Ocean World
31 October, 2016 – 23 April, 2017
Western Australian Maritime Museum, Fremantle

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Merchants and sailors have crossed the Indian Ocean for thousands of years and 70% of the world’s goods continue to do so today. This vast expanse of water was the world’s first highway and has been the centre of world economy for millenia, but how well do we know it? This exhibition, fittingly located in the Western Australian Maritime Museum in Fremantle on the edge of the ocean, takes you on your own journey across the Indian Ocean to discover its rich history through ancient objects and stories about its traders, explorers and the many different peoples who inhabit its shores.

Travellers and Traders in the Indian Ocean World brings together precious objects from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the British Museum, the art galleries of South Australia and New South Wales, Museum Victoria, the Berndt Museum at The University of WA and the WA Museum, as well as private collections, including the Kerry Stokes Collection.