Geography of Space, Archaeology of Time Izabela Pluta and Utako Shindo have collaborated in this exploration of time and space, investigating the ideas of translation, fragmentation and mutation. Australian Centre for Photography. 72 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst. Tues-Fri., 10am6pm; Sat, 11am-4pm. Free entry. Inquiries: (02) 9332 0555 or online. Until December 1. The Art of Giving In death as in life, James Fairfax, scion of the newspaper dynasty, remains a committed benefactor. On his death, Fairfax bequeathed his magnificent $18m Victorian Italianate property near Bowral to the National Trust to be open to the public as a house museum. Which is why it is fitting, says Scott Pollock, National Trust manager of Retford Park, that the first art exhibition to be held at Retford Park is titled The Art of Giving. The show includes 18 print reproductions of important paintings by artists including Fred Williams, Russell Drysdale, Keith Looby, Tony Tuckson, Frederick McCubbin, John Olsen and Ian Fairweather that Fairfax donated to the NGA. expressionism, abstraction and futurism. One of the virtues of this exhibition is that it deals with a relatively small number of artists and that the most important individuals and movements are represented by several pieces. This allows us to form some idea of their development and reminds us that by no means all of these works are masterpieces. Art Gallery of NSW. Art Gallery Road, The Domain. Thurs-Tues, 10am-5pm. Wed, 10am-10pm. Tickets: $16-$28. Bookings: 136 246 or online. Until March 3. Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka For about 70 years, hidden away in a small collecting box, was a treasure trove of 48 fragile glass models of sea creatures dating from the late 19th century. When the box recently was rediscovered, it was at first unclear when the museum had purchased these priceless glass models and even uncertain who had made them. Finally, in 2009, through meticulous research, Egan confirmed that the glass models were made by celebrated German scientific model makers, father and son Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka. Australian Museum. Westpac Long Gallery, 1 William Street, Sydney. Daily, 9.30am-5pm. Free entry. Inquiries: (02) 9320 6000 or online.