Transferences: Sidney Nolan in Britain (Exhibition) 18 February – 4 June 2017
A major exhibition marking the centenary of the birth of Australian-born artist Sir Sidney Nolan (1917 – 1992), a leading figure of international 20th century art whose diverse oeuvre saw experimentation with a wide range of materials. Focussing on the artist’s time living and working in Britain, it brings together works that reveal recurring themes such as Australian history and literature, mythology, and the tragic hero/anti-hero. Iconic works from the 50s and 60s including paintings of the Australian outlaw Ned Kelly and the unfortunate explorers Burke and Wills are shown alongside Nolan’s sets and costumes from the 1962 Royal Ballet production of The Rite of Spring.
The exhibition is part of a nationwide centenary programme presented by the Sidney Nolan Trust throughout 2017, including exhibitions at Australia House and the British Museum, symposiums at the Royal Academy of Arts and King’s College London, and the first public opening of Nolan’s studio at The Rodd, Herefordshire.
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