MoMA masterpieces come to Melbourne


It may only be the first day of winter for 2016 but the National Gallery of Victoria already has its eyes set on an exhibition slated for two years’ down the track.

Today it was announced that the Winter Masterpieces series opening in June 2018 would feature some 150 iconic works from New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

The showcase will include heavy hitters and luminaries from the past 130 years of art and design including Paul Cézanne, Salvador Dalí, Marcel Duchamp, Edward Hopper, Jeff Koons, Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Lyubov Popova, Mark Rothko and Vincent van Gogh.

The exhibition will take over the entire ground floor of NGV International, with many of the works having never been exhibited before in Australia. The approach to this capsule of MoMA’s vast collection is multi-disciplinary, with paintings, drawings and sculptures to be exhibited alongside furniture, design objects and architecture. The intention, says NGV Director, Tony Ellwood, is for visitors 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.”

MoMa sees in excess of 3 million visitors a year and is a cultural pit stop on many tourists’ New York itinerary. Glenn D. Lowry, Director, MoMA said: ‘MoMA’s mission is to share our story of modern and contemporary art with the widest possible audience, to encourage the understanding and enjoyment of the art of our time. We are thrilled to have this opportunity to share these important works from nearly every area of our collection with the NGV and the many visitors who will take advantage of this rare opportunity.

Dali, Salvador
Salvador Dalí, (Spanish, 1904–1989), The Persistence of Memory, 1931, oil on canvas, 9 1/2 x 13″ (24.1 x 33 cm), The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Given anonymously © 2016 Salvador Dalí, Gala-Salvador DalíFoundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Masterworks from MoMA will be on display at NGV International from 8 June 2018—7 October 2018.

News Words by Art Guide Australia