• 'The stags' by Patricia Piccinini

    'The stags' by Patricia Piccinini

  • Lavinia De Havilland, Matthew Sykes, Irene Delofski and Christopher Hastings

    Lavinia De Havilland, Matthew Sykes, Irene Delofski and Christopher Hastings

  • Peter Kaye and Allison Walker-Kaye

    Peter Kaye and Allison Walker-Kaye

  • Christie Costello and Jenny Acton

    Christie Costello and Jenny Acton

  • Roy Mueck's 'Pregnant Woman'.

    Roy Mueck's 'Pregnant Woman'.

  • Hester Gascoigne and Adam Worrell

    Hester Gascoigne and Adam Worrell

  • Lara Croucher, Kate Stevens and Linda Uzubalis

    Lara Croucher, Kate Stevens and Linda Uzubalis

  • Michael Zavros and his daughter Phoebe Zavros

    Michael Zavros and his daughter Phoebe Zavros

  • Noel Florian Helen Gee

    Noel Florian Helen Gee

  • Ready...., set....., jump!

    Ready...., set....., jump!

  • Jesse Whyte, Irfan Master, eX de Medicii, Lucina Ward and GW Bott

    Jesse Whyte, Irfan Master, eX de Medicii, Lucina Ward and GW Bott

  • Simonetta Astolfi with Simon and Tooey Elliott

    Simonetta Astolfi with Simon and Tooey Elliott

  • Malcolm Snow, Katy Gallagher and Ron Radford

    Malcolm Snow, Katy Gallagher and Ron Radford

  • Christopher Hastings two toned brogues, colour co-ordinated to the tips of his toes.

    Christopher Hastings two toned brogues, colour co-ordinated to the tips of his toes.

NGA Contemporary...by the Lake

25 September 2014

NGA Contemporary by the lake is a case of everything we’ve done before is new again and if it worked for the National Portrait Gallery then let’s see if it can work for the National Gallery of Australia this time around.

In other words a stunning exhibition of Contemporary Australian Art that brings colour, excitement and a visual smorgasbord to the space that proved perfect for the NPG when it was going through a metamorphosis. They needed to show off the collection in a modern space to be a little strategic in their lobbying and that saw the genesis of the NPG born of their efforts and is of course now firmly ensconced up the hill. And we who love a party wont forget some very memorable social events by the lake shore.

So obviously that’s what the NGA is up to, as it garners support for the development of ‘building Stage 2’ that will be The Centre for Australian Art, while in the interim this space will showcase the best from the contemporary collection and I promise you’ll love it.
Well if you like something quirky, thoughtful, confronting, funny and futuristic you’ll love it. If you don’t mind wondering why, questioning the intent and having a bit of a laugh too then do the Queen Elizabeth Terrace wander for a peek and peruse. Some guests assured me they’d seen a pig on a lead during the formalities. I don’t think it was an exhibit.

Among the artists, Bill Henson the master of photography using atmospheric lighting and callow youth, the fabulous Fiona Hall, Ron Mueck, molder of the ‘mummy to be’ and Patricia ‘Sky Whale’ Piccinini, as is the very talented Brisbane artist Michael Zavros who brought his oh so beautiful daughter Phoebe along for the official opening. And that opening party was the most exciting thing we’ve seen on the foreshore for ages. The gallery features a bright yellow in the exhibition shop, NGA’s Christopher Hastings colour co-ordinated his shoes and the gift bags followed through with black and yellow. My favourite though is ‘The stags’ by Patricia Piccinini. Think burnished metallic snails created from Vespas with baubles on their feelers…..and flirting!

NGA Contemporary is open Wednesday to Sunday 10 - 5