Royal Academy Announces Landmark Exhibition of Australian Art

Royal Academy Announces Landmark Exhibition of Australian Art
One of Sidney Nolan's iconic Ned Kelly paintings

Britain’s Royal Academy of Arts (RA) has announced an exciting exhibition of Australian art - the first survey of Australian art in the UK in over 50 years - to be held in London from the 21 September - 8 December 2013.

Developed in partnership with the National Gallery of Australia (NGA), the landmark survey currently titled "Australia" will present 200 years of Australian art on the theme of land and landscape using the work of iconic Australian artists such as Tom Roberts and Sidney Nolan RA as well as contemporary Australian artists such as Shaun Gladwell, Bill Henson and Tracey Moffatt.

According to the RA, the exhibition will “consider the tensions both real and imagined between the landscape as a source of production, enjoyment, relaxation and inspiration, and conversely as a place loaded with mystery and danger.”

“We believe this exhibition will capture the imagination of audiences here and strengthen the cultural connection between our two nations. The exhibition will consider the uniqueness of the Australian landscape and its depiction, revealing the breadth and complexity of Australian art over two centuries, and the relationship of its peoples with that land,” said Kathleen Soriano, Director of Exhibitions at the Academy

Drawing from the national art collection and other public collections in Australia and Britain, “Australia” will bring together approximately 150 outstanding examples of Australian art, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, from 1800 until the present day.

”The Royal Academy of the Arts is delighted to partner with the National Gallery of Australia.  Their support in the staging of this long overdue and important survey exhibition of Australian art in the UK will be invaluable,” commented Charles Saumarez Smith, Secretary & Chief Executive at the Royal Academy of Arts.