Changing the National Gallery of Australia: re-thinking the installations

Friday, February 19, 2016 18:15 - 19:30

In late 2015, the Director of the National Gallery of Australia, Dr Gerard Vaughan announced: ‘We have commenced an ambitious project to transform the experience at the NGA. Every time you visit the Gallery there will be new discoveries as we constantly revitalise the galleries dedicated to the permanent collection.’

In this lecture, Dr Vaughan will provide a detailed account of the new rehang, which has included the relocation of the entire Australian collection downstairs. International art, including Jackson Pollock’s famous Blue Poles (1952), has now moved upstairs into refurbished gallery spaces. What does this major ‘re-thinking’ of the permanent display mean for our understanding of the nation’s collection?

This is the keynote address for the New perspectives on Italian and Australian Art History symposium, presented by The Australian Institute of Art History and the School of Culture and Communication in the Faculty of Arts.


Event type

Free Public Lecture


Theatre A, Elisabeth Murdoch Building, Spencer Road, Parkville