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Victoria Minister for Tourism and Major Events Louise Asher

Napoleon Exhibition Set To Revolutionise Melbourne

Victor P Taffa

Another Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition has charged into the city, with Napoleon: Revolution to Empire opening at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV).

At the official opening this evening, Minister for Tourism and Major Events Louise Asher said the exhibition which contains nearly 300 works, from paintings and sculpture to jewellery and furniture dating back to the 1700’s was another major cultural exclusive for Melbourne.

“Napoleon: Revolution to Empire brings to Australia for the first time, priceless artworks and objects that give an insight into the life of one of history’s most extraordinary and complex figures.” Ms. Asher said.

“Visitors will discover the life and loves of the visionary French ruler, including his fascination with the then newly discovered continent of Australia.”

“The only place you’ll get to see this spectacular exhibition is Melbourne.”

“The Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series has been a major success story for our state, and has cemented our reputation as both a leading city for major events and an arts hotspot.” Ms. Asher said.

“The Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series has attracted more than 3.5 Million attendees, including nearly one million interstate and international visitors, and generated more than $300 Million in economic benefits for Victoria.”

The series is ranked as one of Victoria’s biggest events, alongside the AFL Grand Final, the Spring Racing Carnival, and the Australian Open.

“Almost 250 years in the making, Napoleon: Revolution to Empire is another Melbourne exclusive, another tourism drawcard for Victoria and another stunning exhibition for the NGV.”

Napoleon: Revolution to Empire is now open daily 10 am-5 pm at NGV International on St. Kilda Road. The exhibition is open until 9 pm on Wednesdays for special Art After Dark events.

Melbourne will host two Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibitions in 2012. Game Masters which follows the history of video games and their creators will open at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image on 28 June 2012.

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