October 17, 2016


Every summer The Sydney International Art Series brings the world’s most outstanding exhibitions exclusively to Sydney. This summer, as part of the Sydney International Art Series 2016-17, Sydney will be hosting two exceptional art exhibitions, Nude: Art from the Tate Collection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Tatsuo Miyajima: Connect with Everything at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Nude: Art from the Tate Collection will showcase the story of the nude across two centuries, with more than 100 artworks loaned from Tate, London’s distinguished collection. Many of the works will be exhibited in Australia for the first time, including one of the world’s most iconic images of erotic love, Rodin’s marble sculpture, The Kiss (1904).

Nude is a journey through many major art movements, including romanticism, cubism, expressionism, realism, surrealism and feminism, featuring works by some of the world’s most celebrated artists including JMW Turner, Auguste Rodin, Pierre Bonnard, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Cindy Sherman and Ron Mueck.

The exhibition includes paintings, sculpture, photographs and prints.


Program highlights include free daily guided tours as well as lectures, artist and curator talks plus a series of fiction readings by some of Australia’s finest writers including Christos Tsiolkas. Late night openings will be available on Thursdays and Fridays in January.

Nude: Art from the Tate Collection will be on display at the Art Gallery of New South Wales from 5 November 2016 until 5 February 2017.

Tatsuo Miyajima is a leading contemporary artist in Japan, known for his immersive and technologically driven sculptures and installations. He draws inspiration from Buddhist philosophy with its exploration of life, death and renewal. Central to his practice are numerical counters that count from 1 to 9 repeatedly using light emitting diodes, then go dark momentarily. The repetition of numbers, along with the shift from light to dark, reflects the importance of time.

Tatsuo Miyajima

Tatsuo Miyajima

Miyajima has held solo exhibitions in Japan, the United States and Europe. He represented Japan at the Venice Biennale in 1999 with the installation Mega Death and more recently Arrow of Time (Unfinished Life) at The Met Breuer, New York.

The exhibition includes key sculptures and installations from his career.

Sandra Tiltman with MCA Gallery Head, Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE

Sandra Tiltman with MCA Gallery Head, Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE

Curated by MCA Chief Curator Rachel Kent, this exhibition is a Sydney exclusive and is the artist’s first major survey exhibition in the Southern Hemisphere.

As well as free daily guided tours and late night openings on Thursday evenings, there will be Japanese inspired workshops every Thursday evening in December, plus a Japanese menu at the MCA Café and a pop-up Cherry Blossom Bar with Japanese bites and exclusive cocktails.

Tatsuo Miyajima: Connect with Everything will be on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art from 3 November 2016 until 5 March 2017.

Purchase a Sydney International Art Pass to see both exhibitions and save 20%.

Sandra Tiltman





July 18, 2015
Tomokazu Matsuyama with Sandra Tillman

Tomokazu Matsuyama with Sandra Tillman

To put their new notebook to the test, Toshiba Australia, Windows and Intel recently challenged renowned Japanese artist, Tomokazu Matsuyama, to craft an entire pop-up art exhibition for Sydneysiders to enjoy.

DSC06676All the artworks for the exhibition had to be created by Tomokazu during his 17 hour flight from Japan to Sydney, using only a Toshiba Portégé Z20t notebook. Ordinarily, one picture takes Tomokazu and his team of assistants several months to complete, as they build up layers of colour, form and pattern.

Tomokazu Matsuyama has exhibited at museums and galleries around the world. Fusing the past with the present and East with West, his creations are rooted in traditional Japanese iconography, while also being contemporary. With a Management degree from Tokyo’s Sophia University plus an MFA, Communications Design from New York’s Pratt Institute, Tomokazu has also worked as a professional snowboarder.

DSC06671On arrival in Sydney, the resulting artworks from this ultimate test of man over machine, were printed and framed, then displayed at the recently held one-off “Made in 17 Hours” pop up art exhibition held over two days in The Museum of Contemporary Art at Sydney’s Circular Quay, where those in attendance, were inspired by the merger of creativity and technological innovation.

It was awesome to see such a beautiful selection of unique original, colourful artworks and at the same time, hard to imagine that Tomokazu Matsuyama had created them all while travelling on his 17 hour flight, with his Toshiba notebook and its fully charged battery.

Sandra Tillman & John Pond check out latest Toshiba

Sandra Tillman & John Pond check out latest Toshiba

After viewing Tomokazu’s exhibition, I wonder how he had time to eat during the flight, or whether he managed to grab a quick nap. I expect he decided to take it easy and relax on the flight back home.

All the digital artworks created for this pop-up exhibition will find a permanent home decorating the walls of Toshiba’s Sydney offices.

Sandra Tiltman    Photos: John Pond


December 27, 2012
Anish Kapoor's "Memory"

Anish Kapoor’s “Memory”

If you are staying in Sydney over the Christmas & New Year holiday break, there are many sporting events such as the annual Sydney to Hobart yacht race and test cricket at the SCG to take your mind off all the Christmas celebrations.  When you become tired of watching all that sport, either live or on TV, how about doing something different and take in some culture.

One major “not to be missed” event is the Anish Kapoor exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in the Rocks.  It is the first major presentation of the artist’s work in Australia and includes works from the early stages of his career to the present day.  Sydney is the only city in Australia to host the exhibition.

Anish Kapoor was born in Mumbai in 1954 and moved to London in the early 1970s where he studied art.  He won the Turner Prize in 1991 and throughout his career has worked extensively with architects and engineers creating large-scale sculptures in various parts of the world.

The exhibition, showing a selection of key works, is across two floors of the MCA with one of the highlights being the 24 ton steel work “Memory”.  The exhibition also incorporates a program of special lectures, talks, tours and films.

One of Anish Kapoor’s major sculptures for a public space, “Sky Mirror”, is on the lawn outside the MCA.  The work encompasses the environment in which it is situated and was first displayed at the Rockefeller Centre in New York, then at Kensington Gardens in London.  The 10 metre polished stainless steel concave mirror is positioned upwards to create an inverted portrait of the sky.

The exhibition runs until 1 April 2013.   Sandra Tiltman.