The National Gallery of Australia's collections include more than 160,000 works of art across four main areas: Australian art, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander art, Asian art and European and American art
Works in the Gallery are part of Australia's national collection. They belong to the people of Australia and are preserved and presented for their enjoyment and education. It is the Gallery's intention to make the collection as widely appreciated as possible both in Australia and overseas.
In the current displays we are working with the collection in a different way to what you might expect in order to tell stories about the Australian experience and what it is to be an Australian.
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art
The Indigenous art of Australia is part of the oldest continuing living culture in the world and one of the two major art traditions operating within Australia today. The National Gallery of Australia collects art of the highest artistic merit and excellence created by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
European + American Art
This collection develops from the beginning of the 19th century in a variety of media. The collection is essentially modern and finds its strength in the twentieth century. Holdings include the work of some of the greatest modern figures such as Monet, Matisse, Brancusi, Pollock and Warhol.
From Papua to Turkey and from 2,500 BCE to now, this new collection display explores Asian art across geography, time, religion and culture. Structured by theme, the one hundred and seventy four works on display include Indian paintings and textiles, Chinese funerary goods, Indonesian ancestor figures and Japanese woodblock prints.
Displaying traditional objects from the Pacific as art rather than artefact this collection spans one-third of the world’s surface, encompassing Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia with myriad cultures stretching from Papua New Guinea to New Zealand and Easter Island. Ranging from 3500 years ago to the present day.