MoMA Is Coming to Melbourne with 150 Modern Masterpieces

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Jun 01, 2016

by ALEX GREIG, Online Writer

The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) has scored a major coup, announcing today that it will be the sole international venue for an exhibition of modern and contemporary masterworks from New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

The exhibition will feature works never before seen in Australia and will include some of the 20th century’s most important artists, including Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Piet Mondrian and Marcel Duchamp.

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Henri de Toulouse Lautrec (French 1864–1901), La Goulue at the Moulin Rouge, 1891-92

The selection of works from MoMA will explore the major art movements of modern and contemporary art over 130 years through 150 works, from paintings to sculpture.

MoMA is one of the most important art museums in the world and the New York institution attracts three million visitors each year.

“MoMA prides itself on sharing its collections with audiences beyond those who visit the museum on West 53rd Street," Miranda Wallace, senior curator of international exhibitions at the NGV told Qantas Travel Insider.

"The NGV is the natural international destination for MoMA’s priceless collection as the most visited art gallery in Australia. We will be able to share MoMA’s exceptional collection of modern and contemporary art and design – encompassing design objects, architecture, paintings, sculpture, and photography – with the widest possible audience.”

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Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923–1997) Drowning Girl, 1963

The exhibition will be on display in the NGV from June 2018 until October 2018.

Feature image: Salvador Dalí (Spanish, 1904–1989), The Persistence of Memory, 1931

Read more about the NGV: The National Gallery of Victoria

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