Sydney Art Galleries

From the old masters and the great art movements to splendid colonial and indigenous art and striking contemporary works, you'll discover revered art in Sydney’s leading galleries. Check out the exciting events calendar for national and international art exhibitions in this beautiful harbour city.

The Masters of modern art from the Hermitage is at the Art Gallery of NSW from 13 October to 3 March. Admire 65 works by the greats, including Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso, Gauguin, Malevich and Kandinsky, all from the exquisite collection of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, Russia.

Street view of the Art Gallery of New South Wales in The Domain, Sydney

At the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia is an extraordinary retrospective of one of the world’s greatest photographers, David Goldblatt, who documented South Africa’s apartheid system and its dismantling. David Goldblatt: Photographs 1948-2018 is on the MCA from 19 October to 3 March.

For the fusion of Asian and Australian fashion, explore the beautiful designs of one of Australia’s most celebrated fashion designers, Akira Isogawa, at the Powerhouse Museum. The eponymous exhibition is on from 15 December to 30 June and features a wonderful collection of his creations.

The Art Gallery of NSW is Sydney's most important public gallery and showcases significant works of Australian artists and one of the world's largest permanent exhibitions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art. Admission is free to the gallery in the Domain, near the Royal Botanic Garden.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

Enjoy rolling exhibitions, from international shows to the Archibald Prize for portraiture. Among the many Australian collection highlights are Russell Drysdale's 1945 Walls of China, John Olsen's 1963 Five Bells, Arthur Streeton's 1891 Fire's On and Frederick McCubbin's 1896 On the Wallaby Track.

The gallery's elegant Chiswick restaurant and the Café at the Gallery have vistas of Sydney Harbour and the heritage Finger Wharf in Woolloomooloo. From the gallery, you can stroll through the Royal Botanic Garden to the Sydney Opera House and to the Museum of Contemporary Art in The Rocks.

The MCA, which has a rooftop cafe with gorgeous views of the Sydney Opera House, has an emphasis on living artists and includes paintings, photography, video, sculpture and installation art. Walk to nearby Observatory Hill for the S.H. Erwin Gallery in the historic National Trust Centre.

A diverse range of splendid independent galleries worth visiting include the Olsen Irwin Gallery in Woollahra, the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation in Paddington and the White Rabbit Gallery, which displays modern Chinese art in Chippendale, a stroll from the bustling streets of Chinatown.

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