Published on : Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Visiting the famed gallery during his official tour of the US, Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews joined MoMA Director Glenn D Lowry and NGV Director Tony Ellwood to announce Victoria had secured 150 works from MoMA’s collection for the National Gallery of Victoria’s 2018 Melbourne Winter Masterpieces.
The MoMA, Museum of Modern Art exhibition will present works never before seen in Australia from some of history’s most influential artists including Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh, Marcel Duchamp, Henri Matisse and Jackson Pollock.
“Picasso, Van Gogh and Matisse, only in Melbourne will you see this roll call of the greatest names in contemporary art – it’ll be an experience not to miss,” the Premier said.
“MoMA is one of the most prestigious modern art galleries in the world and its partnership with the NGV is testament to Victoria’s reputation as an international cultural destination,” he added.
The National Gallery of Victoria will host the exhibition from 8 June to 7 October 2018, including Van Gogh’s Portrait of Joseph Roulin, Dali’s The Persistence of Memory, Lichtenstein’s Drowning Girl and Duchamp’s Bicycle Wheel.
The most ambitious instalment yet of the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series, it will fill the entire ground floor of the NGV and is expected to attract thousands of interstate and overseas visitors.
MoMA is arguably the foremost museum of modern art in the world. Its comprehensive collection sees more than 3 million visitors through its doors every year.
Melbourne Winter Masterpieces is one of Victoria’s hallmark programs, attracting more than five million people and generating more than $475 million in benefit to the state.