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Starry nights all night. The Masterpieces go hardcore.

johnboy 17 April 2010 49

[First filed: Apr 15, 2010 @ 9:29]

All night, starry nights

I’ve been gagging to see the masterpieces exhibition at the National Gallery, but its runaway popularity has turned me off so far.

But in a grand finale the exhibition is staying open all through the night this Saturday.

And we’ve got 5 adult double passes to give away for the midnight to 6am slot! (RiotACT in no way endorses getting loaded in Kingston and puking on a Cezanne, the Pol Roger Champagne Bar (open till 3am) is where you should get loaded and leave the artwork alone).

This is open to all readers, just leave 25 words or less in the comments why you deserve it more than anyone else. The best 5 entries by 4pm, Friday 16 April 2010 get to collect their tickets from the cloak room.

After long minutes of intense scrutiny the winners are : Neanderthalsis, I Live in Macgregor, Icepoet, Sepi & Malteser.

Congratulations. You’ve been sent and email with some details on how to collect your tickets (unless you didn’t get it in which case it’s a lesson in keeping in your contact details updated. You should contact us through the site if that is the case)

The media release reads as follows:

National Gallery of Australia invites visitors to Spend the Night with the Masters: an exclusive overnight viewing of Masterpieces from Paris
FINAL WEEKEND: Saturday 17 – Sunday 18 April

In response to the overwhelming demand for Masterpieces from Paris, the National Gallery of Australia is offering an overnight viewing of the exhibition on Saturday 17 April, 2010.

Spend the Night with the Masters will run from 9pm on Saturday 17 April to 8am on Sunday 18 April, offering visitors a final chance to see the exhibition before it travels to Tokyo. The exhibition will close at 5pm on Sunday 18 April as the most successful exhibition ever held in Australia.

“This is the first time an exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia has been open through the night. Indeed, the Gallery will be open for 32 hours straight on the final weekend of the Masterpieces from Paris exhibition,” said Director Ron Radford AM, National Gallery of Australia.

Spend the Night with the Masters will feature overnight viewing of the exhibition, live music and entertainment, the Champagne Pol Roger bar, a Gallery foyer bar and a live broadcast nationally on ABC radio. Limited tickets will be sold for each evening session ensuring visitors can experience these masterpieces without the crowds.

Musicians from the ANU School of Music, including the Racheal Thoms Quartet and the Liam Budge Quartet, will be performing in the Gallery spaces. There will also be a performance of the minimalist master work by Terry Reily In C by other musicians from the School of Music.

ABC Local Radio’s overnight master, Rod Quinn, will be broadcasting live from the Gallery from 2am to 6am. There will also be prizes from the exhibition shop awarded to people wearing the best pyjamas.

The Pol Roger Sculpture Garden Bar will be open from 5pm to 10pm on Saturday evening, with an additional bar open in the Gallery foyer from 10pm to 3am.

On Sunday morning, visitors will be able to wake up with the masters, with breakfast options available in the National Gallery of Australia cafe from 7am to 10am. There will also be warm beverages and refreshments available for purchase from the coffee cart located outside the Gallery’s main entrance from midnight to 11am.

Tickets to Spend the Night with the Masters will be for timed entry sessions, with limited tickets available to ensure no queuing for these sessions.

Tickets are on sale now via Ticketek: or 132 849*

Group discount 10 or more | 1300 364 001* (*transaction fees from $3.95 apply)

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Hells_Bells74 9:43 am 20 Apr 10


I knew staring at it something was amiss with that pic being Starry Night but mine was hidden behind a few books (it’s only small my copy) on my shelf (cause the frame needs tweaking before it goes on a wall) and I just went and cleared it and looked and it says on the bottom Starry Night by Van Gogh, but it is a more swirly rendition than this pictured one, way different. I’m good at being a dill pickle!

Must be time to give my shelf a clean off or get bf onto frame fixing.

Holden Caulfield 11:09 pm 19 Apr 10

Yeah, trap for young players that one, it’s the water lillies and Blue Poles that are the fakes.

Jivrashia 4:26 pm 19 Apr 10

Holden Caulfield said :

Some pretty bug clues there to forewarn you that Starry night was never going to be part of this exhibition.

Kinda got that idea while waiting idly chatting with others in the queue, that they’re from a museum in Paris that is being refurbished, and so the paintings were allowed to go walk-abouts around the globe for a year or so.

Neither did I know WHERE each of the paintings’ home are and didn’t know that the Nat. Gallery of Aus owned Claude Monet’s [/Haystacks (Midday)/]. I was trying to convince my peers that it is a replica, up until the moment a Nat. Gallery staff member told me I was wrong!

Holden Caulfield 2:13 pm 19 Apr 10

Jivrashia said :


Starry Night is one of my favourite painting, and unfortunately I was dismayed to not see it at the National Gallery this time round.

The Starry Night over Rhone , displayed at the Nat Gallery was okay too, but… To each his own I guess.

Erm, did you actually look at any of the promo material? Even the graphic in this RA post uses the Rhone painting.

Moreover, the painting you prefer is on display in New York, according to the Wiki link you gave.

And, once again, the actual title of this exhibition is “Masterpieces from Paris: Van Gogh, Gaugin, Cezanne and beyond – post-impressionism from the Musee D’Orsay“.

Some pretty bug clues there to forewarn you that Starry night was never going to be part of this exhibition.

Jivrashia 1:29 pm 19 Apr 10


Starry Night is one of my favourite painting, and unfortunately I was dismayed to not see it at the National Gallery this time round.

The Starry Night over Rhone , displayed at the Nat Gallery was okay too, but… To each his own I guess.

Hells_Bells74 8:08 am 17 Apr 10

I’m very pleased you won Icepoet. That’s a once in a lifetime achievement for sure.

Icepoet 11:52 pm 16 Apr 10

Woo hoo! Who would have thought that exactly 31 years after I was born (4.34am on April 18th) I’d be checking out the Masterpieces from Paris.

Thanks so much everyone at RiotACT!

Hells_Bells74 6:12 pm 16 Apr 10

Well, as it seems I didn’t win, I will have to make do with the Starry Night print (at least it’s framed) in my room, still!

But who cares – I’m no longer a picketer. Yay!

Well done to the winners and I enjoyed all the posts.

georgesgenitals 6:03 pm 16 Apr 10

Congratulations winners!

RiotPost 5:16 pm 16 Apr 10

The Winners have been chosen so check the email account linked to your RiotACT logon.

Which is a good reason to make sure the email account you used to register with RiotACT is up to date and still valid!

Malteser 4:20 pm 16 Apr 10

I guess I didn’t win 🙁

I’m jealous! Who won so I can judge you… and well, hate you.

Overheard 3:30 pm 16 Apr 10

P.S. If you’ve seen the ‘White’ paintings in the gallery and thought, Hmmm, that’s a bit crap, then have a listen to Martin Pearson’s classic take on them. Go here: and scroll down to the MP3 link to ‘The Black Painting’. Priceless. The introduction (which is not on the site) is even funnier.

housebound 3:27 pm 16 Apr 10

Gungahlin Al said :

We don’t ‘deserve’ to win the tickets anymore than anyone else. Gave up on the queues once. Resigned to the kids and us missing out.

You should try. Afternoons are actually the best because soooo many people have given up and gone home. Try it just a couple of hours before the thing shuts (but your tickets online in advance, though). Well worth it.

Overheard 3:22 pm 16 Apr 10

I’ve been with my son’s school group and we may have allegedly (or not) been able to be shepherded through the gift shop and in the back way. Maybe/maybe not.

ALL of the Gallery staff from the reception staff to the education personnel were absolute marvels of customer service and informative to a fault at their place and their pictures. Delightful.

Me, I don’t know good art, I just know what I like. So while the presentation and the pictures are superb, I just can’t appreciate them as much as most of the population. That gene was reserved for music and soccer!

But do pull out all the stops because it really is the chance of a lifetime if art’s your thang.

My only numpty disappointment was that some works are (understandably) behind glass, making it hard to fully appreciate the piece.

Disclaimer: hav’ nae read all of the above so stop me if it’s all or part or mostly be said before.

Brindabella 2:49 pm 16 Apr 10

Actually, I’ve just checked my schedule and it seems that I have an opening at 3:35 am that night! Who wouldda thought!?

Hells_Bells74 2:42 pm 16 Apr 10

I didn’t go for the same reason as you. It’s my birthday dinner Saturday night, pick me and I can piss my boyfriend off afterwards 🙂

BimboGeek 9:41 am 16 Apr 10

I spent all my money on lawyers, spiritual fulfillment and that bottomless pit called “business”. Plus overnight is the only time I’m not working!

prhhcd 9:05 am 16 Apr 10

I won’t even try to compete with the poetry so here is my bid for 1 (one) ticket:

My partner is a budding artist and would love to go. We haven’t been able to afford it. Kitten season has been bad this year 🙁

toriness 12:02 am 16 Apr 10

go JB go, it’s worth the wait. not as good as actually being in musee d’orsay but i won’t skite about that.

OpenYourMind 11:14 pm 15 Apr 10

Don’t mean to be too pernickity, but do people realise that the painting pictured isn’t the arguably more famous ‘The Starry Night’, but ‘Starry Night Over the Rhone’?

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