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NGV acquires Degas sculpture

Edgar Degas Dancer looking at the sole of her right foot (Second study) c. 1900–10, cast 1919–37 or later bronze 47.3 x 24.3 x 20.8 cm Czestochowski/Pingeot 59 (cast T) National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Purchased with funds donated by Leigh Clifford AO and Sue Clifford, 2016

At today’s preview for the new Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition – Degas: A new vision – the NGV announced that one sculpture in the exhibition will be staying in Melbourne. Degas’s ‘Dancer looking at the sole of her right foot (Second study)’ has been purchased for the NGV collection with funds donated by Leigh and Sue Clifford. Many of Degas’ sculptures were unknown during his lifetime. After the poor reception of his now-famous ‘Little Dancer’ (a cast of which is in the exhibition) in 1881 he kept much of his work in sculpture secret. He modelled in wax and is known to have remade and often destroyed works. Around 150 wax studies were found in his studio when he died in 1917 and 74 of these were…

Contemporary Pacific Art and Community Day | NGV International

Lisa Reihana Māori people born 1964 in Pursuit of Venus 2015 (still); (detail) National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Purchased NGV Foundation, 2015 © Lisa Reihana

A celebration of Melbourne’s vibrant Pacific community, contemporary culture and art Please join us at 11am for a traditional welcome and blessing ceremony, followed by morning tea and harmonies by the Pasefika Vitoria Choir, formed especially for this event. This day of celebrations marks the opening of the exhibitions Siu i Moana: Reaching Across the Ocean, Greg Semu: The Raft of the Tagata Pasifika (People of the Pacific), Lisa Reihana: in Pursuit of Venus and the NGV Collection display, Art of the Pacific. Program highlights include a contemporary performance by Tongan artist Ruha Fifita, collaborator with Robin White on the ngatu exhibition, Siu i Moana: Reaching Across the Ocean. Hear from exhibiting artists Greg Semu, Lisa Reihana, Robin White, Ruha…

Symposium | Degas: A New Vision | NGV International

Edgar Degas , Rehearsal hall at the Opéra, rue Le Peletier (Le foyer de la danse à l'Opéra de la rue Le Peletier) 1872, oil on canvas, 32.7 x 46.3 cm, Lemoisne 298
Musée d'Orsay, Paris (RF 1977) © RMN-Grand Palais (musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski

As part of the the NGV’s winter exhibition on Edgar Degas the gallery is hosting a symposium with international experts on the artist. From his paintings of ballerinas to the social world of Parisian nightlife, Degas’ works demonstrate great technical, conceptual and expressive skill and reveal his openness to experiment with a range of mediums. Date: 2-5pm, Friday 24th June 2016 Venue: Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, NGV International Bookings required – book online here. Tickets $35 A / $28 M / $30 C (includes light refreshment) Speakers Henri Loyrette, Exhibition Curator Henri Loyrette is a French arts administrator and historian who served as director of the Louvre Museum in Paris from 2001 to 2013 and is now president of Admical, a nonprofit organization involved in…

NGV Appeal to buy François Marie Poncet’s 1782 Vénus

François Marie Poncet Vénus, Rome, 1782, white marble with grey veins, on a marble plinth with roses and acanthus leaves, Vénus: height 120 cm; plinth: height 100.5 x 45.0 x 45.5 cm

The NGV is asking for donations to support its acquisition of François Marie Poncet’s 1782 ‘Vénus’. Poncet was a French sculptor who was a pupil of the famous Etienne-Maurice Falconet at the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture in Paris. He left for Rome in 1760 and spent much of his career in Italy. His first fifteen years in Rome seem to have been spent at the fringes of the Académie de France (he had twice entered the Prix de Rome but been unsuccessful), in contact with British, German and Scandinavian Neo-classical artists. In 1771 he was elected to the Accademia degli Arcadi, and on a journey to Paris in 1775, Poncet stopped in Lyon, where he was received (reçu) as a member…

Exhibition Review | Whistler’s Mother | NGV International

Installation view of Whistler’s Mother at NGV International, 25 March – 19 June 2016.
Photo: Brooke Holm

The National Gallery of Victoria’s latest loan exhibition is based around a single painting by James McNeil Whistler – his Arrangement in grey and black no. 1 of 1871, popularly known as the Portrait of the artist’s mother, or just ‘Whistler’s Mother’. Compared to the just-closed Warhol/Wei Wei summer blockbuster, this is a small, intimate exhibition. The painting is on loan from the Musée d’Orsay and the exhibition is filled out with etchings, prints, paintings, furniture and decorative arts from the NGV’s permanent collection. The exhibition sets this single painting into a fresh context, one that enriches our understanding of Whistler and allows us to see works from the NGV collection in a new light. I find it impossible to really talk…

Lecture | A World of Things: Exchange and Material Culture in the First Global Age – Giorgio Riello | NGV International

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A World of Things: Exchange and Material Culture in the First Global Age, 1500-1800 | Robert Wilson Annual Lecture 2016 | Professor Giorgio Riello, Director of the Warwick Institute of Advanced Study and Professor of History at Warwick University We are often told that we live in an age of globalization, one of growing homogenization of consumption, increasing communication and cultural and economic integration. Yet the study of material culture suggests that today’s global connectedness is not new. The early modern period (c. 1500-1800) can be seen as the ‘first global age’ as contact between different parts of the world intensified. Explore the artefacts of the first global age and the role of material culture in creating global connectivity with prize-winning…

Call for Papers | AICCM – FRAME: Concept, History and Conservation – a symposium | Melbourne, August 2016

Nicolas Poussin, The Crossing of the Red Sea, 1632-34, o/c, 155.6 × 215.3 cm., National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Felton Bequest, 1948 (1843-4). Frame corner of French Régence frame, c.1710

Update: Please  note that the CFP deadline is now the 13th May. A symposium on the picture frame AICCM – FRAME: Concept, History and Conservation, Melbourne 2016, will be convened on 24-26 August 2016 at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia. Convenors: Louise Bradley (AICCM), Barbara Dabrowa (Senior Conservator of Frames at Art Gallery of NSW) and Holly McGowan-Jackson (Senior Conservator of Framing, NGV) Call for Papers The Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material, Conservation Framing and Gilded Objects (special interest groups) will hold this international symposium, encompassing both traditional framing as well as broader concepts of framing for the presentation of modern and contemporary art and design. This wide-ranging theme will appeal to many potential speakers and delegates…

Floor Talk Series | Redefining Whistler | NGV International

James McNeill Whistler, Nocturne: Palaces, (1880-1886); printed 1886, plate from A set of twenty-six etchings (or The second Venice set), 1886

Starting this Sunday there are several floor talk from curators and other experts on aspects of the current ‘Whistler’s Mother’ exhibition at NGV. With his long mane of curly dark hair, monocle, tailored coat and French top hat, James McNeil Whistler was a showman and self-described ‘dandy’ Along with his theatrical public persona, he was an extraordinary painter and printmaker; creating some of the nineteenth century’s most radical and influential works. At a time when moral lessons and storytelling dominated British art, Whistler was an uncompromising aesthete. He believed in the visual and sensual qualities of art and design over practical, moral or narrative considerations. Hear contemporary voices and curators explore the mark made by Whistler on style, art and…

Artist Talk | Lee Mingwei | NGV International

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Born in Taiwan and currently living in Paris, Lee Mingwei creates participatory installations that explore trust, intimacy, and self-awareness. His open-ended scenarios and one-on-one interactive works invite audiences to play a role and use everyday interactions, like eating, sleeping and walking in powerful ways. In a lunchtime lecture, Lee Mingwei shares insights into his work. The talk will be followed by a Q&A with Simon Maidment, Curator, Contemporary Art. Lee Mingwei | Born in Taiwan in 1964 and currently living in Paris, Lee Mingwei creates participatory installations, where strangers can explore issues of trust, intimacy, and self-awareness, and one-on-one events, where visitors contemplate these issues with the artist through eating, sleeping, walking and conversation. Lee’s projects are often open-ended scenarios for…

Student Night At NGV’s Ai Weiwei and Andy Warhol Exhibition

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Apologies for the short notice. The NGV is holding a student night TONIGHT Monday 29th Feb. Anyone with a student card is invited to view the exhibition tonight at a discount price. Website. Warhol/Weiwei Student Night Mon 29 Feb, 5.30pm–9pm NGV International An exclusive evening for VCE and tertiary students. Enjoy pop up talks, drawing with artist Kenny Pittock, pop art selfies in Studio Cats and music provided by local DJ. Refreshments available from Gallery Kitchen and exhibition pop up shop will also be open. All for the student friendly price of $13 (with valid student card).

Lecture Series | A Tale of Three Cities – Ai Weiwei and Andy Warhol | NGV International

Christopher Makos Andy Warhol in Tiananmen Square 1982 © Christopher Makos 1982, makostudio.com, Ai Weiwei Chinese 1957– Williamsburg, Brooklyn 1983 from the New York Photographs series 1983‒93 silver gelatin photograph Ai Weiwei Studio © Ai Weiwei

Two artists, three cities. Journeying through similar times and places, though never crossing paths, Andy Warhol’s and Ai Weiwei’s work and life have been shaped by the cities of Beijing, Pittsburgh and New York. How have time and place shaped Andy Warhol, Ai Weiwei and their artworks? What legacy have these artists had on the cities they called home? Each week guest speakers explore these questions through the lens of the city: Pittsburgh, New York and Beijing, sharing illustrated insights into Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei’s artistic practice and revealing the impact of the city, time and place on these two influential artists. Purchase series here. Or purchase tickets to individual lectures here. Sat 13 Feb, 2pm – A Tale…

Opening Weekend | Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei | NGV International

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The NGV has organised a series of talks and lectures to celebrate the opening of their summer exhibition Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei. Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th at 11am | Curatorial Introduction to the exhibition . Learn more about the artistic practices of Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei with a curatorial introduction by Max Delany, Senior Curator, Contemporary Art Cost $8 M / $12 A / $10 C. Bookings here. Saturday 12th December 3pm | Lecture – Andy Warhol: The Man and the Artist | Eric Shiner, Director, The Andy Warhol Museum Opening to the public only seven years after the artist’s death, The Andy Warhol Museum is the largest museum in the United States dedicated to a single artist. Located in his hometown…

Conversation | Ai Wei Wei and Virginia Trioli at the NGV International

Gao Yuan, Ai Weiwei 2012, ©Gao Yuan

The NGV’s Summer blockbuster Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei will explore the mutual conceptual interests of Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei. More than 300 works will be presented, including rare and never-seen-before works by Andy Warhol, new commissions by Ai Weiwei, immersive installations and a wide representation of painting, sculpture, film, photography, music, publishing and social media. One of China’s most provocative artists, Ai has become a cultural figure of note, his work encompassing diverse fields including visual art, architecture, cultural criticism, social media and activism. Ai’s work addresses some of the most critical global issues of the early twenty-first century, including the relationship between tradition and modernity, the role of the individual and the state, questions of human rights,…

News | NGV announces ‘Degas’ as the 2016 Melbourne Winter Masterpieces Exhibition

Edgar Degas
Family portrait also called The Bellelli family 1858–69
oil on canvas
201 x 249.5 cm
Musée d'Orsay, Paris
Lemoisne 79 (RF 2210)
© Musée d'Orsay, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Patrice Schmidt

The NGV today announced that next year’s Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition would be Degas: A New Vision. The major retrospective is being developed by both the National Gallery of Victoria and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, it will open in June 2016 in Melbourne and then travel to Houston in October 2016. After two winter exhibitions based around collections (the Prado in 2014 and the Hermitage in 2015) the NGV is returning to an exhibition based around a single artist. The last such exhibition was Monet in 2013, though single artist exhibitions have been few and far between in the NGV’s winter programming. At the same time they are returning to familiar (and typically popular) territory with nineteenth-century French…

WAYLA | Marie-Anne Collot’s Bust of Diderot | Katrina Grant

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This weekend is the final weekend of the NGV’s Masterpieces from the Hermitage: The Legacy of Catherine the Great. There are talks, drawing and music events over the weekend (see more here http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/whats-on/programs-events/). I gave a talk at the first Friday Late event on Marie-Anne Collot’s bust of Diderot and thought I would share some of my thoughts on this portrait as a final farewell to the exhibition. In the current exhibition at the NGV of ‘Treasures from the Hermitage’ we enter the exhibition face-to-face with Catherine the Great’s formal royal portrait by Alexander Roslin, a portrait that embodies her position as an autocratic ruler. She is flanked by marble busts of two of France’s leading Enlightenment thinkers, Voltaire and…