From the awe-inspiring Water exhibit to everyone's favourite instagrammable chandelier at the Boomerang display, it’s fair to say the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art has well and truly been delivering the goods this year.
Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, QAGOMA has gone ahead and surprised us once more, announcing their plans to collaborate with the masterminds of The Met in NYC to bring the world class exhibit, ‘European Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York,’ straight to our backyard next year. Now we don’t need to travel to New York for our fine art fix, or even to Sydney or Melbourne for that matter—the exhibition is coming exclusively to Brisbane. How lucky are we?
It doesn’t matter whether you are a true art connoisseur or simply looking for something to do—if you’ve ever wanted to get up close and personal with some of the most inspirational pieces of the past 500 years, this is the showcase for you. The highly anticipated display will feature works from renowned artists that might sound familiar—think Raphael, Rembrandt, Monet and Van Gogh (sadly you won’t get to see The Starry Night this time, but if you’ve heard of The Flowering Orchard, you’re in for a real treat).
Starting with Fra Angelico’s 1420s altarpiece, The Crucifixion, travel through the ages of art all the way from the Renaissance to the emerging artworks of the twentieth century. If the world-class paintings aren’t enough, there will also be an Up Late and public program to keep you entertained.
While we may have never seen the inside of The Met ourselves, this collection will make you feel like you are right there on 5th Avenue. What’s really incredible, though, is that most of these famous pieces rarely leave permanent display at The Met, making this opportunity all the more unmissable. So mark June 12, 2021, in your diaries and brush up on your art history—you can get all the info here.
When: 12 June–17 October 2021
Where: QAGOMA, South Brisbane
Find out more here.
Want to check out more art in the meantime? Set your sights on the The Motorcycle exhibition coming to QAGOMA this November.
Image credit: The Met