[First filed: Apr 15, 2010 @ 9:29]
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: Ticketek.com.au or 132 849*
Group discount 10 or more | 1300 364 001* (*transaction fees from $3.95 apply)