Apparently this is the big one. The biggest and bestest art blockbuster the National Gallery will ever stage.
The NGA is trumpeting their exhibition scheduled for the summer holiday period:
- Never have so many masterpieces been brought together in one exhibition in this country.
There’ll be no need to travel to Paris to see major and numerous works by Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Paul Cézanne, Georges Seurat, Pierre Bonnard, Claude Monet, Maurice Denis Henri Toulouse-Lautrec and Edouard Vuillard … for four months you can visit them in Canberra.
Australia will be the first country to exhibit these paintings together outside France.
Apparently Paris’ Musée d’Orsay is closing for renos and sending its star pieces out on the road to earn some reciprocal touring rights when they re-open.
Andrew Barr informs us that San Francisco and Tokyo are the only other two cities getting the exhibition and is kicking in $500,000 of our money to help the gallery make the most of it.
Interestingly a very similarly worded media release is also bearing the Chief Minister’s name.