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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

Wolfgang Laib
The third Balnaves Foundation Sculpture Project
Art Gallery of New South Wales 
Thursday 11 August - Sunday 6 November 2005

 The work of leading European artist, Wolfgang Laib, is often made as a kind of meditation. Each spring, for example, Laib goes out into the fields and patiently collects the pollen as it comes into season, which he then uses in what have become his most well-known works. 

 This third Balnaves Foundation Sculpture Project includes examples from most of the works that have made Wolfgang Laib so loved and revered around the world over the last 20 years. Laib will also be creating a new work for the exhibition. 

 Laib spent part of his youth in southern India and the experience had a profound impact on his life and work. Having studied medicine, it was through his exposure to temple offerings in Tamil Nadu that he realised how he could begin to make art as a form of devotion. His signature works with pollen are good examples: the pollen is sometimes shown in jars but most popularly sprinkled onto the floor to form a glowing yellow rectangle which has the quality of a horizontal Rothko except that it also has a marvellous fragrance. Other works such as the 4.5 metre hight Ziggurat are made from bees wax while he also works with bronze temple bowls, milk, marble, rice and bronze. 

 Edmund Capon, director, Art Gallery of New South Wales said, "Sculpture has developed as one of the most vital and diverse artforms since the late 20th century and yet it is rarely given the same public profile and display space as photography, video and painting - perhaps because it is less convenient to transport, store and display, particularly when it comes to large scale installation works. 

 "It is therefore exciting for the Gallery to have a sponsor like Neil Balnaves, who specifically supports this program of five sculpture projects. The first of these, Still Life, curated by Wayne Tunnicliffe, brought together a diverse group of younger Australian sculptors. The second was a survey of the work of senior Australian sculptor Robert Owen, and now this significant exhibition of works by Wolfgang Laib." 

 The Wolfgang Laib exhibition is presented courtesy of ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen / Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations) and supported by the Goethe-Institut Australia. 

On view: 11 August to 6 November 2005 
Art Gallery of New South Wales 
Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney 

Telephone: (02) 9225 1744 or 
national tollfree 1800 679 278 

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(closed Christmas Day or Easter Friday) 
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Admission: Free of charge



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