National Gallery of Australia – 24 July – 3 October 2010

Robert Dowling: Tasmanian son of Empire

A travelling retrospective of Australia’s first home-grown artist.

Art Gallery of New South Wales – 26 June – 19 September 2010

Paths to Abstraction – 140-plus works by some of the most influential artists of the modern era

including Whistler, Cézanne, Monet, Seurat, Vuillard, Bonnard, Gauguin, Matisse, Derain, Picasso, Kandinsky, Mondrian, Klee, Robert and Sonia Delaunay, Hans Arp and Sophie Taüber-Arp.

Queensland Art Gallery

Joe Rootsey: Queensland Aboriginal Painter 1918–63: 17 July – 3 October 2010

This exhibition recognises the importance of Rootsey’s works in Queensland’s art and cultural history.

Ron Mueck: Australian-born, London-based sculptor: 8 May – 1 August 2010

Featuring celebrated works from Australian and international collections, in addition to new sculptures, it will be one of the most comprehensive exhibitions of Mueck’s work ever presented.

National Gallery of Victoria

European Masters: Städel Museum, 19th–20th Century

19 Jun 2010 – 10 Oct 2010

Alongside masterpieces by German artists are works by the greatest French, Belgian, Dutch and Swiss masters of the time. Included are iconic Neo-Classical, Realist, Impressionist and Symbolist works, through to breathtaking German Expressionist paintings and sculpture, rarely seen in Australia.

Australian Made: 100 Years of Fashion – 28 May 2010 – 23 Jan 2011

The exhibition will include rare early examples of labelled garments from the mid nineteenth century and a range of dresses, tailored items and accessories that were made and retailed in Australia.

Art Gallery of South Australia

Rupert Bunny: Artist in Paris – 23 July – 4 October

From the romantic mythological scenes endorsed by the Salon, to vibrant decorative allegories and Belle Époque pictures of Parisian leisure, Bunny’s works can be admired en masse in this major national travelling exhibition.

Art Gallery of Western Australia

patricia piccinini: relativity – 1 May – 22 August 2010

Patricia Piccinini is one of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary artists whose startling sculptures examine the connections between science and nature, art and the environment. Audiences are drawn to Piccinini’s sculptures because they appear so real, yet they are creatures of the artist’s imagination developed to consider a strange new world of artificial or mutant beings derived from experimental biotechnology.