The National Gallery has announcedToulouse-Lautrec: Paris & the Moulin Rouge is the big summer drawcard coming up.
‘The National Gallery of Australia is excited to bring together Australia’s first Toulouse-Lautrec retrospective exhibition, showing only in Canberra. Together with our own collection of works, the exhibition will provide a comprehensive insight into the artistic life of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, through the late 19th century bohemian lifestyle of Paris’, said National Gallery of Australia Director, Ron Radford, AM.
The National Gallery of Australia is grateful to our Presenting Partners, the ACT Government through ACT Tourism and the Australian Government through the International Exhibitions Insurance Program which helps collecting institutions bring significant cultural objects to Australia by providing funding to purchase commercial insurance, and ACTEWAGL.
‘The ACT Government is delighted to partner with the National Gallery of Australia in presenting and promoting this landmark exhibition. It follows the highly successful partnership between the ACT Government and the NGA that brought the recent Renaissance exhibition and Masterpieces from Paris exhibition in 2009 to Canberra’, said ACT Deputy Chief Minister Andrew Barr MLA.
Image: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec The sofa (Le sofa) c.1894-95
oil on cardboard
62.9 x 81.0 cm
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Rogers Fund, 1951
UPDATE 18/05/12 13:04: Andrew Barr’s media release is now available. We’re kicking in $500,000.
Centenary of Canberra Creative Director Robyn Archer AO has welcomed today’s announcement that the work of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec will feature in the National Gallery of Australia’s (NGA) summer blockbuster exhibition in 2013.
“I am over a Paris moon with the news that the National Gallery of Australia’s big summer show will star the incomparable Henri de Toulouse Lautrec,” said Ms Archer.
“The word iconic is over-used, but the paintings and posters of this exceptional artist have truly become the icons of a splendid era. His evocation of Paris nightlife at the French fin-de-siecle paints scenes of unmatched bravado, energy and invention.
“It is 20 years ago next year, that I directed my first festival, here in Canberra, indeed that I began that next stream of my career, and it was the first time that any woman had directed one of the major arts festivals in Australia. At the time of the invitation, I was also invited to give a talk at the National Gallery of Australia and I will never forget being taken into the stacks by NGA curators and shown the Lautrec prints and posters close-up. The curator said, “See that fold there, that’s where he would have folded …”. I nearly fainted; to think that Lautrec himself folded a piece of paper I was now touching with white-gloved hands.