Some mysterious process: 50 years of collecting international art

Curated by Michael Brand, Director, Art Gallery of New South Wales, ‘Some mysterious process’ examines what and how the institution collects. It’s a window into the confluence of planning and serendipity, curation and philanthropy, and the evolution of societal expectations, shares the gallery. This free exhibition will showcase work from more than 50 highly regarded artists including David Hockney, Yves Klein, Rachael Whiteread, Cy Twombly, Bridget Riley, Yinka Shonibare, Dana Schutz, Anish Kapoor, Tracey Emin and Philip Guston, who inspired the exhibition title in musing – ‘There’s some mysterious process at work here which I don’t even want to understand.’

Tracey Emin, I do not expect, 2002, appliqué blanket, 264 x 185cm. Gift of Geoff Ainsworth AM 2018, donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program. © Tracey Emin/DACS. Licensed by Copyright Agency. Courtesy the artist and Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Art Gallery of New South Wales
18 April to 16 August 2020

#TogetherInArt Behind the Scenes tour of the exhibition