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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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JessP 2:49 pm 15 Apr 10

Starry Starry Night
Paints its palette blue and gray
But stand in the queue; no bloody way!
Id go anytime but in the day
If only I win the ticket here!!

Malteser 2:38 pm 15 Apr 10

Pick me because I’m not a newbie logging in just to win tickets! 😉
Plus I’d like to take the boyfriend along and subject him to a bit of culture.

p1 2:33 pm 15 Apr 10

Having realised I blew way past the word limit in my first post, I have to claim that I either intend the application for both myself and wife, or, as replacement application,

I would quite like to go.

Gungahlin Al 2:25 pm 15 Apr 10

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.

deezagood 2:08 pm 15 Apr 10

I can’t compete with Sepi’s poem; love it! I will make an attempt however …

Tried once to go already
But didn’t see a trick
My kids were painful and annoying
And the crowds were far too thick.

Pick me!

papadoc 1:57 pm 15 Apr 10

Would love this!!! I work during the week and at night on weekends. 4am is actually the optimal time for me to take the missus!

sepi 1:54 pm 15 Apr 10

I wanna get in my Van
Gogh see Starry Nights
and Gau Guin and Go Guin
and Go Guin…..
but I ain’t got the Monet!

emd 1:08 pm 15 Apr 10

I don’t want to win these tickets as I’ve already seen the exhibition – and it’s well worth it, I thought they were all interesting pieces for different reasons. But for those who still want to go, the tip is to buy an annual membership. It’s not much more expensive than buying an exhibition ticket, the exhibition entry is included in membership cost, you get a discount on hire of the audio guide, entry to the Members Lounge (a cafe exclusively for members), and NO STANDING IN LINES. Love that 🙂

housebound 1:03 pm 15 Apr 10

It’s well worth the visit and the wait in the queue. Even at the fiendishly early hour of 6am it would be worth it for this night owl.

PBO 12:29 pm 15 Apr 10

I would like to take my agoraphobic friend who would love to see this exhibition but without as many people to freak them out.

Marvin_78 11:47 am 15 Apr 10

Truthfully, I would seriously LOVE to go, but I can’t justify buying the tickets as I have a bunch of filthy bills that take priority.

AngryHenry 11:43 am 15 Apr 10

I went to this ages ago… Some of it was pretty good but there was a lot of filler works in ther IMO.

However it was good to see Starry Night and some others that I had only ever seen in text books up close and personal.

What I didn’t understand was parents who had taken their kids only to have them sit on the floor in the middle of the gallery and play with their Nintendo DS!?!?!


Clown Killer 11:26 am 15 Apr 10

In December I visted the Musee D’Orsay only to find out that all the bloody good stuff was here in Canberra – it’s payback time!

Icepoet 11:25 am 15 Apr 10

It’s my birthday on Sunday. What a lovely birthday present it would be to see the masterpieces.

I live in Macgregor 11:19 am 15 Apr 10

Need this! 4 kids and my crazy job means dear wife deserves TLC and this will help. Will also arrange childcare for sleeping kids. Easy!

neanderthalsis 11:11 am 15 Apr 10

Because Mrs Neanderthalsis and I really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really want to go.

p1 11:02 am 15 Apr 10

My bid – I’ve been too slack/busy to go see them up until now, and expect to be working late over the next several nights, so the ability to leave work Saturday night at midnight and slip over there would be great. Plus, I like free stuff, and talking pretentiously about art I know little about.

Dante 10:51 am 15 Apr 10

I’d love to win because I can’t find tickets for sale on Ticketek! But seriously, it’s a once in a lifetime experience for most Canberrans.

Pommy bastard 10:46 am 15 Apr 10

I should be awarded the tickets. I am RiotAct’s premier critic, (of everything.) You deserve to be blessed with my critique of the show.

Spitfire3 10:15 am 15 Apr 10

Good luck everyone! I’ve already been (Starry Night is incredible!) but I don’t qualify for the free tickets anyway because my comment is twenty-six words long 🙂


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