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Open weekend 21 & 22 May

Over 60 free events celebrating contemporary art & the new galleries

Sol LeWitt Wall drawing #1091: arcs, circles and bands (room) 2003 detail © Estate of Sol LeWitt/ARS. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

Join us for a special weekend celebrating contemporary art at the Gallery, with over 60 free events including performances, workshops, films, family activities and talks by visiting artists and curators.

This weekend launches the new floor of galleries, featuring the most comprehensive collection of contemporary art in the country.

A significant new addition to this floor is the John Kaldor Family Gallery. One of Australia’s most passionate collectors of contemporary art, John Kaldor has gifted his extensive collection to the Gallery, spanning 50 years of works from the leading international and Australian artists of our time.


Saturday 21 May 10am-9pm | Sunday 22 May 10am-5pm


Exhibition talk by Edmund Capon and John Kaldor Sat 21 & Sun 22 May, 10.30am
Gallery director Edmund Capon and collector John Kaldor introduce and discuss the new galleries and works from the John Kaldor Family Collection.

Help create a Sol LeWitt wall drawing Sat 21 – Sun 22 May, all day
Sol LeWitt is known for his instructional wall drawings, which shifted traditional ways of
thinking about art in the 1960s. Participate in a rare opportunity to create a LeWitt drawing on the Gallery wall.

Artist talk by Tracey Moffatt Sat 21 May, 6.30pm
One of Australia’s most successful international artists discusses her work. Moffatt’s 1997 photographic series Up in the sky, which tells a dramatic story set in the Australian outback, is the inaugural exhibition in the new photography gallery.

Bodyweather dance performance Sat 21 May, 1pm
Bodyweather is a dance movement founded by butoh artist Min Tanaka, who worked with Eastern and Western visual artists including Nam June Paik and Robert Rauschenberg. Tess de Quincy, who trained with Tanaka, and sound artist Jim Denley perform Line in line, based on the installation Stone line by Richard Long.

Lecture by Jessica Morgan, Tate Modern curator Sun 22 May, 12.30pm
The Tate Modern is one of the world’s most visited and significant museums of modern and contemporary art. Jessica Morgan, Daskalopoulos curator of international art, discusses the development and display of the Tate’s collection.

ALL DAY EVENTS: Saturday & Sunday

WORKSHOP Participate in creating a Sol LeWitt wall drawing
KIDS Go on a self-guided adventure tour with the new children’s trail or take home your own pop-up Sol LeWitt room
FILM Watch a series of art documentaries highlighting artists in the collection
TOUR Take an iPod audio tour of the contemporary galleries for adults and kids

AGNSW contemporary galleries are supported by the Belgiorno-Nettis family
AGNSW Contemporary Projects are supported by Andrew Cameron

Principal sponsor
Contemporary art with UBS

On view
21 May – 22 May 2011
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney


Media contact

Claire Martin
Tel 02 9225 1734
Mob 0414 437 588