Exhibition Program / Reprisals and New Commissions

A range of major reprisals, new performances and installation-based works will transform the Art Gallery of New South Wales over five months of anniversary celebrations.

Allora & Calzadilla

Stop, Repair, Prepare: Variations on "Ode to Joy" for a Prepared Piano

Thursday 17 October – Wednesday 30 October 2019, every hour on the hour 11am–4pm
Wednesday 23 & 30 October, every hour on the hour 11am–7pm
Art Gallery of NSW, Entrance court

Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla’s Kaldor Public Art Project will be re-presented at the Art Gallery of NSW in collaboration with Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music. Engaging, poetic and athletic, Stop, Repair, Prepare creates a captivating relationship between sculpture, pianist and music.

Tino Sehgal

This Is So Contemporary

Friday 15 November – Sunday 1 December 2019, 10am–5pm
10am–10pm on Wednesdays
Art Gallery of NSW, Lower level 2

Your chance to experience the work of artist Tino Sehgal, who is renowned for creating art that leaves no material trace. This Is So Contemporary, which debuted in Australia at the Art Gallery of NSW in 2014, cannot be photographed, and must be experienced through direct, interpersonal encounters.

Alicia Frankovich

The Work

Saturday 14 September 2019, 1-2pm
Saturday 28 September 2019, 1-2pm
Art Gallery of NSW, Entrance Court

Alicia Frankovich presents a new, large-scale choreography, commissioned by Kaldor Public Art Projects.

Performed by those who have worked behind-the-scenes across the organisation’s 50-year history, from gardeners to models, Frankovich’s work explores the language of public art and offers renewed insights into the Kaldor Public Art Projects archive, revealed through actions and physical arrangements.

Agatha Gothe-Snape

Lion's Honey

Saturday 7 September 2019 – 16 February 2020, 11am–4pm
Art Gallery of NSW, Lower level 2

Each day of Making Art Public a performer occupies the exhibition space by reading to themselves a chosen book. Starting with David Grossman’s Lion’s Honey, gifted to the artist by John Kaldor, the performers — including the artist herself — will accumulate books of their own choosing to read throughout the exhibition.

Ian Milliss

Natural Parallels 2

Saturday 7 September – Sunday 13 October 2019
Art Gallery of NSW, Western Stairwell

Ian Milliss’s Natural Parallels 2 references a period of transition that occurred for
him at the time of the early Kaldor Public Art Projects. His focus then shifted from conventional art-making to a socially and politically engaged practice, prompted by his acute awareness and exploration of space.

Imants Tillers

A New World Rises

Saturday 7 September – Sunday 13 October 2019
Art Gallery of NSW, Entrance court

Imants Tillers’ A New World Rises pays homage to the first Kaldor public Art Project: Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Wrapped Coast – One Million Square Feet, Little Bay, Sydney, Australia. Tillers helped to install the large-scale public artwork in 1969 and credits the experience as first inspiring his ambition to become an artist.