Take a bow Tony Ellwood. Not only did you smash all terrestrial hype records with the NGV Triennial, you’re backing it up with another scorcher: 200+ works from New York’s Museum Of Modern Art.
Seriously, it wouldn’t surprise us if this guy also fought crime by night. He’s just that awesome.
If you haven’t heard, MoMA At The NGV: 130 Years Of Modern and Contemporary Art starts up this weekend, on Saturday 9 June. It’s an international exclusive, a joint project between MoMA and the NGV—this thing isn’t touring anywhere else.
The collection is set to feature over 200 pieces from some of the pre-eminent artists of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, many of which have never been shown in Aus before. Think headliners like van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso, Duchamp, Dalí and Frida Kahlo. Hooly Dooly. You can also expect modern-day superstars like Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman, El Anatsui and Mona Hatoum.
“Our visitors will be able to experience first-hand the momentous change and creativity in the development of modern art, and consequently appreciate contemporary art and design with greater understanding,” says
Bruce Wayne Tony Ellwood.
It’s all part of the NGV’s annual Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series, although this is by far the most ambitious Winter exhibition the team have ever attempted. It’ll take over the entire ground floor, featuring works drawn from MoMA’s six departments: Architecture and Design, Drawings and Prints, Film, Media and Performance Art, Painting and Sculpture, and Photography.
Here’s a few highlights you really shouldn’t miss:
What To See
- Vincent van Gogh’s famous portrait of Joseph Roulin, painted in 1889.
- Dali’s iconic The Persistence Of Memory (aka the melting clocks).
- Screen-prints from Andy Warhol, including his lurid pink Marilyn Monroe.
- Art made from Space Invaders, courtesy of Japanese genius Tomohiro Nishikado
- Mid-century architectural models from Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier.
- Classic Picasso canvases like The Architect’s Table (1921).
- Two vacuum cleaners from the 80s stacked on top of one another (Jeff Koons, obviously)
Where: National Gallery of Victoria
When: 9 June – 7 October
For more info, click here.
Speaking of bodies of work...Spencer Tunick is coming back to Melbs, and he wants to see you nude.
Image credit: NGV