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Opera House Projection in Sydney

23 Apr 2021

Sydney Opera House Projection

Architects: SANAA

Sydney Opera House Projection NSW
Aboriginal artist Kaylene Whiskey celebrates Art Gallery of New South Wales’ 150th Anniversary with ‘Dolly visits Indulkana’ projection on the sails of Sydney Opera House as part of ‘Badu Gili: Wonder Women.’ Art Gallery of New South Wales celebrates 150th Anniversary with ‘Badu Gili: Wonder Women’ featuring work of six female Aboriginal artists projected onto the sails of Sydney Opera House. © the artist. Photo credit: Daniel Boud. Courtesy Art Gallery of New South Wales and Sydney Opera House

150th Anniversary Programme Will Culminate with the Completion of the Art Gallery’s Sydney Modern Project Expansion, Designed by SANAA, in 2022

Sydney Opera House Projection NSW
Aboriginal artist Marlene Gilson celebrates Art Gallery of New South Wales’ 150th Anniversary with ‘Ballarat, my Country’ projection on the sails of Sydney Opera House as part of ‘Badu Gili: Wonder Women.’ Art Gallery of New South Wales celebrates 150th Anniversary with ‘Badu Gili: Wonder Women’ featuring work of six female Aboriginal artists projected onto the sails of SydneyOpera House. © the artist. Photo credit: Daniel Boud. Courtesy Art Gallery

First Event Features Collaboration with Sydney Opera House, Works by Six Aboriginal Women Artists Projected onto Sails as Part of Annual Badu Gili Festival of First Nations Culture

Sydney Opera House Projection NSW
Aboriginal artist Judith Inkamala celebrates Art Gallery of New South Wales’ 150th Anniversary with ‘Ura kngarra mpintjama (A big fire is coming)’ projection on the sails of Sydney Opera House as part of ‘Badu Gili: Wonder Women.’ Art Gallery of New South Wales celebrates 150th Anniversary with ‘Badu Gili: Wonder Women’ featuring work of six female Aboriginal artists projected onto the sails of Sydney Opera House. Photo credit: Brook Mitchell/Getty Images for Art Gallery of NSW © the artist. Photo credit: Daniel Boud. Courtesy Art Galler

The Art Gallery of New South Wales today kicked off its 150th anniversary celebrations with a burst of colour and light, collaborating for the first time with the Sydney Opera House to mark the annual Badu Gili festival of First Nations Culture by projecting artworks onto the iconic sails of the Opera House.

The work of six leading Aboriginal women artists represented in the Art Gallery’s permanent collection will light up each evening in a six-minute animation on the sails, as the Gallery leads up to the completion in 2022 of its Sydney Modern expansion project, designed by SANAA.

Sydney Opera House Projection NSW
Aboriginal artist Marlene Rubuntja celebrates Art Gallery of New South Wales’ 150th Anniversary with ‘Woman with dilly bags and dilly bag hat’ projection on the sails of Sydney Opera House as part of ‘Badu Gili: Wonder Women.’ Art Gallery of New South Wales celebrates 150th Anniversary with ‘Badu Gili: Wonder Women’ featuring work of six female Aboriginal artists projected onto the sails of Sydney Opera House. © the artist. Photo credit: Daniel Boud. Courtesy Art Gallery of New South Wales and Sydney Opera House

Michael Brand, Director, Art Gallery of New South Wales, said, “Badu Gili: Wonder Women celebrates our renowned First Nations artists and their works in the Gallery’s collection, as well as our deep and longstanding relationships with communities across Australia and our curatorial leadership.

“While we work to complete our expanded art museum campus through the Sydney Modern Project that will see First Nations art displayed front and centre, we are proud to share some of our collection highlights with the world on the sails of the Sydney Opera House,” Brand said.

Badu Gili
The Sydney Opera House inaugurated Badu Gili in 2017. Badu Gili 2021: Wonder Women, curated by the Art Gallery’s Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, Coby Edgar, is a creative collaboration with the Opera House to mark the Gallery’s 150th anniversary.

Badu Gili 2021: Wonder Women weaves together the work of artists from across Australia: Wadawurrung elder Marlene Gilson; Yankunytjatjara woman Kaylene Whiskey; Luritja woman Sally Mulda; Western Arrarnta women Judith Inkamala and Marlene Rubuntja, and the late Kamilaroi woman Aunty Elaine Russell. This is the first all-female line-up for Badu Gili.

The animation of their works brings to life stories of shared histories. From the Battle of the Eureka Stockade, fought between rebellious gold miners and colonial forces and the devastating bushfires of 2019-20, to everyday life in Aboriginal communities and imagined worlds of superheroes that includes the country music star, Dolly Parton.

The spectacular animation of artworks from the Art Gallery’s collection will appear hourly on the Opera House’s eastern Bennelong sails each night from sunset, enabled by the NSW Government’s Culture Up Late initiative.

Sydney Opera House Projection NSW
Aboriginal artist Kaylene Whiskey celebrates Art Gallery of New South Wales’ 150th Anniversary with ‘Dolly visits Indulkana’ projection on the sails of Sydney Opera House as part of ‘Badu Gili: Wonder Women.’ Art Gallery of New South Wales celebrates 150th Anniversary with ‘Badu Gili: Wonder Women’ featuring work of six female Aboriginal artists projected onto the sails of Sydney Opera House. Photo credit: Brook Mitchell/Getty Images for Art Gallery of NSW

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150th Exhibition Programme
The Art Gallery’s 150th anniversary celebrations are notable for the special exhibitions that will be organised and presented. Highlights include:

To 5 September 2021
The National 2021: New Australian Art
Staged across Sydney concurrently at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, presenting the work of 39 emerging, mid-career and established Australian artists.

5 June – 26 September 2021
Archie 100: A century of the Archibald Prize
One of Australia’s oldest and most prestigious art awards. Judged by the trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW and awarded to the best portrait painting, the Archibald Prize exhibition is a “who’s who” of Australian culture – from politicians to celebrities, sporting heroes to artists. The exhibition tours across Australia until August 2023. The 2021 Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes will run concurrently.

12 June – 19 September 2021
Hilma af Klint: The Secret Paintings
The first major survey of this visionary artist’s work to be shown in the Asia Pacific region, more than a century after she painted her most celebrated works. Presented in association with the Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne and in cooperation with The Hilma af Klint Foundation, Stockholm, this new exhibition will feature 100 works.

October 2021 – 2022
Matisse Alive
A gallery-wide festival, Matisse Alive, includes four new works by women artists who present contemporary perspectives on Matisse’s imaginings of the Pacific, and his representation of the female figure.

20 November 2021 – 13 March 2022
Matisse: Life and Spirit, Masterpieces from the Centre Pompidou, Paris
Part of the Sydney International Art Series, the exhibition offers an extraordinary immersion in the range and depth of the art of Henri Matisse, with more than 100 works spanning six decades.

The Sydney Modern Project
The anniversary celebrations will culminate with the grand opening of the Sydney Modern Project, the transformation of Sydney’s flagship public art museum. This major expansion, funded by the New South Wales State government and private donors, is scheduled for completion in 2022. It includes the development of a new standalone building designed by the Japanese Pritzker Prize-winning architects SANAA. It will be connected to the existing Art Gallery building via a public art garden, creating a civic campus on its magnificent site, adjacent to the Royal Botanic Garden and overlooking Sydney Harbour.

The Sydney Modern Project will give prominence to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, as well as revitalising the Gallery’s much-loved existing building with its unrivalled collection of Australian art from the early 19th-century to the present. For more than half a century, the Gallery has been at the forefront of collecting, displaying and interpreting historic and contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, and in engaging directly with artists and their communities.

The new building designed by SANAA will sit in contrast to the Gallery’s 19th-century neo-classical building. Light, transparent and open to its surroundings, SANAA’s building responds to the site’s topography with a series of pavilions that cascade towards Sydney Harbour with spectacular views. The expansion will almost double the Gallery’s total exhibition space, from 9,000 to 16,000 sqm (97,000 to 172,000 sq. ft) and will feature galleries specifically designed to accommodate art of the 21st century.

The new building will incorporate a vast, dramatic, columned underground art space repurposed from a decommissioned WWII naval oil tank that will display large-scale contemporary works. The 2,200 sqm (23,700 sq. ft) gallery with 7-metre-high (23 ft) ceilings will be used for specially commissioned installations and site-specific performances, providing public access to this unique space for the first time.

From the time of its founding in 1871, the Gallery has collected and worked with the artists of its time from both Australia and abroad, a commitment that will remain central to the transformed art museum.

To coincide with the anniversary, a new book will be published on 150 years of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Sydney Opera House Projection NSW
Aboriginal artist Sally Mulda celebrates Art Gallery of New South Wales’ 150th Anniversary with ‘Tail get cold…’ projection on the sails of Sydney Opera House as part of ‘Badu Gili: Wonder Women.’ Art Gallery of New South Wales celebrates 150th Anniversary with ‘Badu Gili: Wonder Women’ featuring work of six female Aboriginal artists projected onto the sails of Sydney Opera House. © the artist. Photo credit: Daniel Boud. Courtesy Art Gallery of New South Wales and Sydney Opera House

On Gadigal land
The Art Gallery of New South Wales acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land on which it is located, the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture.

Art Gallery of New South Wales | Sydney, Australia
From its magnificent site in Sydney, the Art Gallery of NSW is one of Australia’s flagship art museums and the state’s leading visual arts institution. The Gallery’s mission is to serve the widest possible audience as a centre of excellence for the collection, preservation, documentation, interpretation and display of Australian and international art, and a forum of scholarship, art education and the exchange of ideas.

Celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2021, as it embarks on a significant expansion, the Gallery remains committed to making art a vital part of everyday life. The Gallery’s transformation – the Sydney Modern Project – will create a new art museum experience across two buildings connected by a public art garden in one of the world’s most beautiful cultural precincts. The Gallery’s new building, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects, SANAA, brings together art, architecture and landscape in spectacular new ways with dynamic galleries and seamless connections between indoor and outdoor spaces. It will be a new prominent destination for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and culture. The expansion is scheduled for completion in 2022.

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