Kiki Smith in Deep inside my heart

National Gallery, Australia
25 November 2023 – 19 May 2024

"Art isn’t a stand-in for something. It offers the potential for experience. It’s not about something. It is something. It is a proof in itself." —Kiki Smith

Deep inside my heart brings together new acquisitions and key works from the national collection by major women artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, exploring representations of the figure across sculpture, drawing and related disciplines. The exhibition features work by Louise Bourgeois, Nancy Spero, Ana Mendieta, Lynda Benglis, Marlene Dumas, Kiki Smith, Bronwyn Oliver, Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas and I Gusti Ayu Kadek Murniasih. These artists' works refer to a key period of the 1980s when representations of the body were used to assert politics, gender and identity.