Nolan is one of Australia’s most iconic twentieth century artists whose life and loves among the Heide circle of artists in the 1940s were at first his idea of Eden but then became his own personal hell. This time of intense passion and creativity fueled a life-long fascination with the elusive notion of paradise and the consequences of its loss.
From his nostalgia for St Kilda, his childhood heaven, to his explorations of the Australian landscape and restless travels abroad, Sidney Nolan: Search for Paradise examines one of the artist’s deepest impulses and the journey of self-discovery it engendered.
Presented by Heide Museum of Modern Art and the Canberra Museum and Gallery with the support of Creative Victoria, Bed Bath N' Table and the Gordon Darling Foundation.
Sidney Nolan, Ned Kelly: ‘Nobody knows anything about my case but myself’ 1945, enamel on cardboard. Heide Museum of Modern Art Purchased with funds provided by the Friends of the Museum of Modern Art at Heide and the Heide Circle of Donors 1998 © Trustees of the Sidney Nolan Trust/Licensed by Copyright Agency, 2022.
Presented in dialogue with Sidney Nolan: Search for Paradise is a newly commissioned installation by Dean Cross
Nolan immersed himself in the myths of the Greeks, reading the Iliad and visiting Gallipoli, so close to Troy. He…
Drop into CMAG during your lunch hour for a highlights tour of the exhibition Sidney Nolan: Search for Paradise with our Senior Curator of Visual Arts, Virginia Rigney
Join Andrew Turley for this talk about Sidney Nolan’s four African works and his 1962 travels across Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania and Zanzibar