Last Friday I was invited to a media exclusive, to tour the National Gallery of Victoria’s major exhibition of modern and contemporary masterworks from New York’s iconic Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art and it was awe inspiring to be up-close and personal with so many iconic art innovators.
Co-organised by the NGV and MoMA, the exhibition features more than 200 works – many of which have never been seen in Australia, from a line-up of nineteenth and twentieth-century artists, including Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, Salvador Dalí, Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keeffe, Edward Hopper, Louise Bourgeois, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Diane Arbus, Agnes Martin and Andy Warhol. Bringing the exhibition up to the present are works by many significant twenty-first century artists including Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman, Olafur Eliasson, Andreas Gursky, El Anatsui, Rineke Dijkstra, Kara Walker, Mona Hatoum and Camille Henrot.
(MoMA) at NGV is the largest installment of the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition series to date, MoMA at NGV explores the emergence and development of major art movements, and represent more than 130 years of radical artistic innovation. The exhibition also reflects the wider technological, social and political developments that transformed society during this period, from late nineteenth century urban and industrial transformation, through to the digital and global present. In recognition of both MoMA and NGV’s long-standing dedication to the study and presentation of architecture and design, the exhibition explores the deep-seated connections between twentieth-century art and design practice, with a particular focus on developments that shaped Europe in the 1920s and ’30s and the globalised world of the 1960s and ’70s.
Unfolding across eight loosely chronological thematic sections, MoMA at NGV will be on display at NGV International from 9 June 2018 – 7 October 2018. Tickets and information are available via NGV.MELBOURNE