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The Archibald Prize

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Selection of Exhibitions 2005

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Rajput: sons of kings - Indian miniatures

Margaret Preston exhibition

Wolfgang Laib

19th Century Australian Watercolours, drawings & pastels

Dadang Christanto - They give evidence

Simryn Gill Standing still

Boucher, Watteau and the origin of Rococo exhibition

Albertina: Old Master Drawings from Vienna

Allan Mitelman: works on paper 1967-2004

David Rosetzky wins 2005 Anne Landa Award

Balnaves Foundation Sculpture Project

True Stories: Art of the East Kimberley

Tracey Emin

Susan Norrie - Undertow

SEASONS: The Beauty of Transience in Japanese Art

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Guggenheim Museum of Art

Louvre Museum Paris

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Baltimore Museum of Art

Hermitage Museum of St Petersburg

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

The Art Gallery of New South Wales

 Rajput: sons of kings - Indian miniatures
 Rajput: sons of kings presents 74 colourful paintings and drawings, created in the 17th to 19th centuries at the Hindu Rajput courts of north-west India. Many of the paintings were produced at the court of Mewar (Udaipur), one of the most important and prosperous of the Rajput courts. 8 June until 4 Sept 2005.

Maharana Sangram Singh II and Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh of Jaipur feasting in camp

 Drawn from the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, the exhibition presents a window into a world of elaborate processions, deer hunting, elephant fights and political intrigue, centred around the maharana (the highest of the hereditary rulers of Rajasthan). Portrayed as supreme warrior, hunter and patron of art, music and dance, the maharana was accorded the status of a god and was central to temple ceremonies and court pageantry. 
The paintings vary in scale, from intimate gatherings between a maharana and his most trusted minister to formal darbar scenes attended by local and foreign dignitaries. Although this world no longer exists, the majestic aura of fairytale palaces and scenic lakes survives in these images. 

The characters of the court and the landscape of Rajasthan are recorded in an informal and engaging style, combining the Rajasthani artists' brilliant colour and dynamic line with a Mughal-inspired rendering of the minutiae of life. 

These dazzling works, filled with lively narrative, are grouped around several themes. One is portraiture, the painterís skill lavished on exquisite detail in the costume, jewellery and weaponry of the Rajput warrior class. Other themes include the cloistered lives of Rajput women, religious worship, romance, politics, and the divinity of the maharana. 


Guided tours - 2pm daily from 14 June and 7.30pm on Wednesdays 

Film program - Wednesdays and Sundays 6 to 31 July 
Exploring privilege, love and loyalty, a special series of feature films encapsulates the vitality, sensuality and romance of upper-class life in India. The program will include Bollywood blockbusters such as Devdas (2002) and the work of Bengali filmmaker Satyajit Ray, including Charulata (1964) and The Music Room (1958). 

Symposium - Saturday 2 July 10am-5pm 
Featuring exhibition curator, Carol Cains; Richard Runnels, author, Indian painters - British masters: company paintings from the WR Johnston collection; Susan Scollay, eastern and historical textile specialist and Rajasthan devotee Joan Bowers sharing her Misadventures of a memsahib. 

The Asian Arts Society of Australia (TAASA) 
Cost $75 TAASA and AGS members, $85 non-members 
Cost includes exhibition viewing. 
Bookings TAASA telephone (02) 9417 2585 

Artist in residence - Thursdays and Saturdays 1pm-3pm 
See how the rich colours and intricate compositions of miniature paintings are created with artist Abdul Karim Rahimi. 
Free with exhibition entry. 

Exhibition talks - Tuesday 14 and 21 June 1pm 
14 June Haema Sivanesan, independent scholar 
21 June Jim Masselos, honorary reader in history, University of Sydney 
Free with exhibition entry. 

Indian music performed in the exhibition - 5.30pm Wednesdays 6 to 27 July 
Join Sardool Singh for the sounds of the sarod. 
Free with exhibition entry. 

School Holiday Workshops
Monday 4 July - Friday 8 July 
Monday 11 July - Friday 15 July 
Celebrating the exhibition Rajput: Sons of Kings 

It's a small world 
Discover a dazzling world of elephants, kings and courtly life in miniature! Be enthralled by the stories, costumes and colours and design your own artwork. 
5-8 year olds 10.30am - 12 noon $20 bookings essential 
9-13 year olds (Tues & Wed only) 2- 4pm $25 bookings essential 

Free School Holiday Performances 

Monday 11 - Friday 15 July 1.30pm 
A kaleidoscope of mime and rhythm, presented through the ancient Indian classical dance styles of Bharatha Natyam and Kuchipudi. Be enthralled by the colourful stories of Indian mythology and folklore. Performed by Lingalayam Dance Company 

Sundays 10 and 17 July 2.30pm 

Once upon a time, there lived a King called Amarashakthi, a just and wise ruler greatly loved and respected by his subjects. The King however had one, great regret - his three sons were not only dull-witted but also very ignorant. So upon the advice of his ministers he sent for the great Sage Vishnusharma, who was extremely well versed in many subjects and the nitishastras - the proper conduct of life. The King entrusting his three sons to the sage requests him to educate them in the nitishastras and the ways of the world. The sage takes the princes' away to his ashram and educates them through the PANCHATANTRA stories. Pancha means five and tantra means doctrines of conduct or modes of action. These stories are related and told through animals. They are: 

Mitra Bhedha (The Loss of Friends) 
Mitra Laabha (Gaining Friends) 
Sandhi (Ill Considered Action) 
Suhrudbheda (Causing Dissension between Friends) 
Vigraha (The Loss of Gains)

Rajput: sons of kings

On view: 8 June - 4 September 2005 
Art Gallery of New South Wales 
Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney 

Telephone: (02) 9225 1744 or 
recorded information (02) 9225 1790 
National Toll Free 1800 679 278 

Hours: 10am to 5pm 7 days a week 
Art After Hours until 9pm every Wednesday 

Admission: $6 Adults / $4 Concession



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