Victoria Minister for Tourism and Major Events Louise Asher
Victoria Minister for the Arts Heidi Victoria
Winter Masterpieces Continues With Monet’s Garden
Victor P Taffa
One week before the official opening of Monet’s Garden: the Musee Marmottan Monet, Paris, at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Minister for Tourism and Major Events Louise Asher unveiled one of the masterpieces, Waterlilies (Nymphéas) (1903)
“Melbourne has once again attracted an internationally significant exhibition to our city. Melbourne is the home of major events in Australia and this exhibition is truly a major event that will attract tens of thousands of visitors from around Australia and the state to Melbourne over the coming months.” Ms. Asher said.
“This will be the 10th Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition at the NGV since the series began in 2004 with The Impressionists.”
“It has since attracted more than 3.7 Million people to Melbourne’s cultural institutions and generated more than $318 Million in economic benefits for Victoria. Monet’s Garden at the NGV will be presented alongside Hollywood Costume at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in 2013.” Ms. Asher said.
Minister for the Arts Heidi Victoria said that Monet’s Garden will give gallery visitors of all ages the chance to see many of the artist’s works for the first time.
“Exclusive to Melbourne, Monet’s Garden will feature more than 60 works devoted to Claude Monet’s iconic garden at Giverny.” Ms. Victoria said.
“The exhibition traces the evolution of these garden motifs over a period of 20 years, revealing the transition of Monet’s purely Impressionist style to the more personal pictorial idiom that he adopted in later life.”
Director of the NGV Tony Ellwood said that it was a very rewarding and exciting moment to see Waterlilies, one of Monet’s revered masterpieces, be hung on the walls of the NGV.
“This is the largest collection of Monet works to ever travel to Australia and there is a lot that will go on behind-the-scenes before we open the doors on May 10.” Mr. Ellwood said.
The exhibition is organised by the Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris in association with the National Gallery of Victoria and Art Exhibitions Australia.
Monet’s Garden: The Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris will be on at the National Gallery of Victoria from 10 May until 8 September 2013.