The Nolan Collection is an iconic group of paintings from 1945 to 1953 by Sidney Nolan that the artist gifted to the nation in 1974. These works are now reinterpreted in a dedicated gallery space on the first floor at CMAG. The exhibition features photographs and original text following Nolan’s personal and creative journey from St Kilda lad to sophisticated artist.
The larger gallery allows for regular changing exhibitions, starting with Threads and Connections which explores how Nolan drew themes and imagery from earlier works into his later practice. Included is a new acquisition, a painting for his design for the staging of The Rite of Spring by Stravinsky for the Royal Ballet 1962 at Covent Garden. Accompanying the new gallery, is the Young Nolan Project, a space featuring artistic responses to Nolan, from students at Ainslie Primary School.
CMAG manages The Nolan Collection on behalf of the Australian Government.
View all 141 works from the Nolan Collection at cmag.com.au/nolan
Sidney NOLAN Policeman in wombat hole, 1946. Enamel on composition.
Gift of the Artist to the People of Australia.
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