January 30, 2017
Every summer, Canberra delivers a sensational line-up of blockbuster exhibitions in its world-class galleries, museums and libraries, and this season’s offering is no exception.
Feast your eyes on a collection of 130 sumptuous treasures from the Palace of Versailles at this exclusive to Canberra exhibition.
Versailles: Treasures from the Palace, on show at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in Canberra until 17 April 2017, is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see and experience a mesmerising period in French history.
Prepare yourself for an epic exhibition that embodies the opulence, luxury and beauty of a period central to French history, bringing life to the reign of three kings, their queens and mistresses. From the iconic gardens to the rich paintings, from sumptuous rooms to the golden details, from Louis XIV to Marie Antoinette, this exhibition is the greatest cultural experience this summer.
Master Perfumer Francis Kurkdjian has created a unique scent made specifically to perfume the entrance of the Versailles exhibition based on King Louis XIV’s favourite flower.
The NGA announced international award-winning performer Tina Arena as the official ambassador for the opulent exhibition. As the first Australian to receive a French Knighthood of the Order of Merit, Ms Arena said she is honoured to be telling the world about this historic show.
“It’s fantastic to think that all Australians will have the chance to experience the history, music, gardens and art of Versailles in Canberra,” said Ms Arena. “Our two countries have a special bond—something I am very proud to represent.”
Versailles: Treasures from the Palace brings personal possessions of Queen Marie-Antoinette such as furniture from her bedchamber and delicate porcelain, as well as candelabra from the Hall of Mirrors, and the magnificent centrepiece from the Palace fountain among many other intricate artworks from the 17–18th Century French court.
“To have that depth of art history transposed into the National Gallery of Australia is incredible. I encourage all Australians to see this once-in-a-lifetime event,” said Ms Arena.
Versailles: Treasures from the Palace is on show until 17 April 2017.Book tickets
The Popular Pet Show expresses the joy and warmth that many of us derive from our animal companions, while celebrating their trusting, unpretentious ways.
Comprising exuberant recent Australian paintings, many on a large scale, the exhibition includes portraits of famous and obscure Australians and their pets by contemporary artists including Nicholas Harding, Lucy Culliton, Ken Done, Robyn Sweaney and Davida Allen. Many works have been created especially for the exhibition.
The Popular Pet Show runs until 13 March 2017.Book tickets
Step back in time, into the ads of Australia's past. Through highlights from the Library’s vast collections, this exhibition explores how Australian advertising has used words, images and sound to inform and persuade. It traces how advertising has evolved as society and technology have changed, asking what it reveals about the everyday lives of Australians from the 1790s to the 1990s.
From wanted posters to ads for underwear and chocolates, Vegemite and Minties, to the ‘Life. Be in it’ and ‘Do the Right Thing’ campaigns, there will be something to push everyone's buttons!
The Sell: Australian Advertising 1790s To 1990s runs until 25 April 2017.More information
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