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Australian Love Stories online

Lust and longing, drama and devotion, seduction and scandal! Delve into an enticing array of tales of the heart, featuring famous figures from Australia’s National Portrait Gallery.

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Adventurer’s guide

Pucker up lovers – this is not your usual exhibition experience!

Love is a battlefield, and a crazy little thing. You’ll need to pick your path through it by choosing a new love story at every stage – there are over 50 to find.

Like the best adventures there’s a reward at journey’s end: read at least ten tales to get a light-hearted ‘love score’ generated by your story choices. It’s a shareable hot ticket reflecting your hot ticker!

And a warning for faint hearts – there’s a spot of nudity in the adventure ahead.

Now follow your heart and see how you fare in this thing called love ...

Choose your first love story

Read ten sumptuous stories to generate your love score...

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Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown, 2006 (printed 2020) Peter Brew-Bevan
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown, 2006 (printed 2020) Peter Brew-Bevan
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown, 2006 (printed 2020) Peter Brew-Bevan
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown, 2006 (printed 2020) Peter Brew-Bevan

Australian Love Stories

Family, friends, fanatics and foes (and everything in between!)

Upcoming exhibition

from Saturday 20 March

Reconnect and reflect with our new major exhibition, Australian Love Stories (in real life!) as we explore love, affection and connection in all its guises.

Kath & Kim, c. 2011 (printed 2020) John Tsiavis
Kath & Kim, c. 2011 (printed 2020) John Tsiavis
Kath & Kim, c. 2011 (printed 2020) John Tsiavis
Kath & Kim, c. 2011 (printed 2020) John Tsiavis

Australian Loves Stories tour

Daily event from Sat 20 Mar until Sun 1 Aug
2:30pm

Is love all you really need? If so, what kind of love? Join us for an exhilarating look at love in all its guises – from lust and longing, drama and devotion, to seduction and scandal.

Marianne Egan and her children Gertrude Evans Cahuac and Henry William Cahuac, 1857 an unknown artist
Marianne Egan and her children Gertrude Evans Cahuac and Henry William Cahuac, 1857 an unknown artist
Marianne Egan and her children Gertrude Evans Cahuac and Henry William Cahuac, 1857 an unknown artist
Marianne Egan and her children Gertrude Evans Cahuac and Henry William Cahuac, 1857 an unknown artist

Audio-described tour

Australian Love Stories

Sun 16 May
11:30am

Listen in and feel the love with our tour for visitors who are blind or have low vision.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.