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Kaldor Public Art Projects

Kaldor Public Art Projects

For over 40 years Kaldor Public Art Projects has been bringing ground breaking contemporary international artists to Australia to create unique and often site-specific works. Kaldor Public Art Projects have played a critical part in Australia’s contemporary art history since the first project in 1969, Wrapped Coast, by Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Other artists that have featured include Gilbert and George, Jeff Koon and Bill Viola, Damian Hurst, John Baldessari, Michael Landy and Roman Ondak.

The Balnaves Foundation, as Lead Partner, assists financially to make these exciting projects a reality and ensure they can remain free to the public and will continue well into the future.

In 2015, Kaldor Public Art Projects will present two projects – Marina Abramovic: In Residence and Xavier Le Roy: Self Unfinished and Temporary Title.

From June 24 to July 5, Marina Abramovic presented her work which was titled In Residence. It was a performance art piece in which visitors were able to participate and be directly involved with the performance. This project was a huge success, and attracted an audience of 31,920.

Kaldor Public Art Projects’ second project for 2015 was Xavier Le Roy, where he presented two performance art works titled Self Unfinished and Temporary Title.

Self Unfinished was first performed in 1998, and explores the relationship between the performer’s body and the spectator.

Temporary Title explores the idea that movement is a continuous process of transformation, as well as experimenting with the pattern recognition process – exploring forms which are not distinguishable as human, yet not completely anything else.

For Kaldor Public Art Projects 45th anniversary year, Sydney-based, Indigenous artist, Jonathan Jones will construct a large-scale, temporary art project titled barrangal dyara (skin and bones). His work will be a re-imagining of the historic Garden palace which stood in the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney, in the 19th century. 

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Photo Gallery
Barrangal Dyara (Skin and Bones) by Jonathan Jones - Project 32 Kaldor Public Art Projects
Jonathan Jones' Barrangal Dyara (Skin and Bones)
Xavier Le Roy's "Self Unfinished"

Title : Le Roy's confronting show at Carriageworks sees nude dancers turn into lions - SMH

Nov 20, 2015

In 1984 the Tate Gallery in London held an exhibition called Have You Seen Sculpture from the Body? that put apparently abstract sculpture alongside photographs of nude models in motion. I thought of that obscure but innovative show last week when I visited Carriageworks for a rehearsal of Xavier Le Roy's Temporary Title – an event that uses actual bodies as sculptural material.

Title : Xavier Le Roy on performing naked: Everybody is the same but different - The Gaurdian

Nov 18, 2015

The French biologist turned choreographer on media fascination with his story and his new six-hour public ‘exhibition’ in Sydney, performed in the nude.


Feb 16, 2015

Kaldor Public Art Projects presents transformative audience experience with iconic artist Marina Abramovic over 12 days in Sydney from 24 June until 5 July 2015.

Title : Marina Abramovic and John Kaldor create new performance artwork for Sydney - SMH

Nov 19, 2014

Marina Abramovic has whipped, cut and burnt herself and almost lost her life during her artistic career. 

Title : Your Very Good Idea - Congratulations Jonathan Jones

Oct 3, 2014



YOUR VERY GOOD IDEA - Congratulations Jonathan Jones! from Kaldor Public Art Projects on Vimeo.

Title : Jonathan Jones wins Kaldor Public Art Project - SMH

Sep 11, 2014

 Jonathan Jones wins Kaldor Public Art Project competition with 'ghost' of Garden Palace.

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