Future exhibitions

 
Ashleigh Barry and Lauren Kocass prepare for the Parade of Champions at the BJP National Championships

Physie: Photographs by Lyndal Irons

Open:
27 June 2015 – 4 October 2015
Venue:
Exhibition Galleries

The Bjelke-Petersen School of Physical Culture (BJP) was founded in 1892 by Hans Christian Bjelke-Petersen as a medical gymnasium in Tasmania. While it was initially concerned with correcting the health and posture of men and children, today physical culture (‘Physie') is the domain of Australian females of all ages. Even though Physie has modernised to include elements of dance and thousands of women participate, it remains hard to define.

Sam Hood's 1930s photographs and Lyndal Irons' record of the lead-up to the 2012 BJP National Championships, held at the Opera House, will be on display.

Image: Ashleigh Barry and Lauren Kocass prepare for the Parade of Champions at the BJP National Championships
Photography by Lyndal Irons, 2012
Copyright Lyndal Irons

LES CHOSES DE PAUL POIRET (DETAIL), 1911, GEORGES LEPAPE

Inspiration by Design / Australian Inspiration

Open:
8 July 2015 – 27 September 2015
Venue:
Exhibition Galleries

Inspiration by Design

Word and Image from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Don’t miss this stunning free exhibition that showcases some of the world’s finest book art, graphics, photography and illustration. From London’s acclaimed Victoria and Albert Museum, Inspiration by Design celebrates 150 years of collecting by the National Art Library. Immerse yourself in the book beautiful, from historic illustrated manuscripts and rare artists’ books to modern graphic design and fashion photography.
See over 100 treasures including original hand-drawn illustrations from Beatrix Potter, a Pablo Picasso artist book, fashion sketches from Dior and Comme des Garçons, rare medieval manuscripts and much more.

Exhibition organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Les Choses De Paul Poiret, 1911, Georges Lepape
© VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM, LONDON

 

See for yourself: the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, ca. 1949, H. Rousel

Australian Inspiration

The unique beauty of Australia's native flora and fauna has long inspired artists and designers. The earliest natural history drawings of the waratah were used to document a new species. A century later there was a more decorative interpretation. Illustrations of koalas by Dorothy Wall, Norman Lindsay and Ida Rentoul Outhwaite reflect a society which had begun to define its cultural identity through native fauna. And sketches, models and contemporary artworks of the Sydney Opera House show how it evolved from a functional design to become a cultural icon.

Drawing on the Library’s rich collections, this exhibition focuses on how the waratah, the koala and Australia’s most recognizable building, the Sydney Opera House, have become invaluable sources of inspiration and design.

See for yourself: the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, ca. 1949, H. Rousel

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