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Cartier: The Exhibition until 22 July #nationalgalleryaus #CartierNGA

Of the three Cartier 1969 lunar lander replicas given to Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins commemorating their triumphant moon-landing, this is the last one remaining. One was stolen, and one astronaut gave the model to his kids …

See the last golden replica in ‘Cartier: The Exhibition’. Open 10am – 5pm. Link in bio.

#CartierNGA @visitcanberra #visitcanberra

Image: Cartier Paris Lunar Excursion Module (exact replica) 1969, Photo: Nils Herrmann, Cartier Collection, ©️ Cartier


Today we acknowledge National Sorry Day as an important part of our nation's healing. Join us to honour the Stolen Generations through commemorative events in our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander galleries, Level 1 from 10am. #nationalsorryday #dontkeephistoryamystery

Image: Julie GOUGH 'Stolen' 2011 enamel on found pewter & steel, Private collection, Canberra


Follow the Insta-trail highlights to uncover their inspiration from our Asian collection for the @indieguerillas' NGA Play space. This ACT long weekend is the last chance for the kids to explore the bright world by the creative Indonesian duo. Free, open 10am – 5pm until Monday 28 May. #ngaplay #ngafamilies


To round off our week highlighting the incredible work of our #volunteers: enter the wickedly funny Gudrun. She's particularly handy with a needle and thread, and the only volunteer working in Conservation.

Gudrun sews the padding and packing for the NGA’s textile collection. She has padded and packed the entire NGA Ballet Russes collection, and most of the fashion collection. We couldn't do it without her.

#NVW2018 #volunteerweek


'My painting takes on its particular abstract quality because only in this way can I express my search for direct mystical experience,' – John Olsen.

At 90, John Olsen is one of Australia’s most accomplished and prolific artists, with a strong connection to the NGA. You can help us to acquire his evocative masterwork ‘Towards Lake Eyre’ for the national collection. Contribute directly through the Masterpieces for the Nation Fund 2018 via our website.

Image: John Olsen 'Towards Lake Eyre' 2018 ©️ John Olsen National Gallery of Australia, Masterpieces for the Nation Fund 2018


It is said that David Hockney has synaesthesia, the ability to see colours when he hears music. This week, NGA volunteer guide Susan Marshall has curated an Art + Sound playlist inspired by Hockney's own taste in music. Listen in the Orde Poynton Gallery, Level 2 from 1pm Saturday 26 May. #volunteerweek #NVW2018

Sadly, we farewell the endless summer that was 'David Hockney prints' this weekend – closing Sunday 27 May.

Image: David HOCKNEY 'Paper pool studies' 1978 ©️ David Hockney


Kerin has been a #volunteer guide at the NGA since its opening in 1982. ‘We really keep getting reinvented,’ she says of her experience.

‘John Brack taught at Melbourne Grammar School. This work is special to me because I went to the Girls’ school down the road. My school was red-brick, and I had pig-tails just like that.’

@volunteeringaustralia #volunteerweek #NVW2018


In a challenge of astronomical proportions @doctor_karl has rallied the entire nation in an attempt to break the #GuinnessWorldRecord for the Most people stargazing #today. We'll be doing our own stargazing with a celestial display headed to our Australian galleries in September. Keep watch. #onthisday

Image: Micky ALLAN 'Violet night' 2004


This is Kim. She began #volunteering at the NGA in 2012, and now runs the #volunteer Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Group.

'Aboriginal art is very exciting and beautiful. As a guide, we find out why we intrinsically feel this. I particularly love the art from the Western Desert,' she says.

@volunteeringaustralia #NVW2018 #volunteerweek


There was never any doubt that Cartier would make a splash at the Royal wedding – earrings and bracelet. #CartierNGA

Regram @bbcnews: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have just released these three official photographs from their wedding day. Kensington Palace say the newly-weds are "delighted" with the official portraits taken by @alexilubomirski. Harry and Meghan have also thanked well-wishers who gathered in Windsor and also all those who watched the wedding across the UK, Commonwealth, and around the world. PHOTO: ALEXI LUBOMIRSKI/PA WIRE

#royalwedding #harryandmeghan #wedding #marriage #bride #groom #weddingphotos #photography #bbcnews


Olive Cotton's lifelong love of photography began with her first camera, a Kodak Box Brownie, when she was eleven. Cast your eyes over the beautiful shadows she captures in 'Glasses'. Free, open 10am – 5pm, Level 2.

Image: Olive COTTON 'Glasses' (detail) 1937


This enormous sapphire was owned and worn by the beautiful and charismatic Queen Marie of Romania. King Ferdinand sent her to plead on behalf of Romania in the Paris Peace Conference 1919. Romania emerged from the peace process with more land! See her 478-carat sapphire in ‘Cartier: The Exhibition’.

#CartierNGA #visitcanberra @visitcanberra

Image: Philip de László 'Queen Marie of Romania' 1924, National Museum of Peles Castle, Sinaia, Romania; and Cartier Paris Pendant 1913, @qatar_museums


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