MAMA says bon­jour to Im­pres­sion­ist masters

North East Tourist News - - ALBURY/ WODONGA -

PARIS comes to Mur­ray Art Mu­seum Al­bury (MAMA) this De­cem­ber with a stun­ning ex­hi­bi­tion of more than 150 prints, posters, draw­ings and mono­types by the Im­pres­sion­ist masters, Lautrec, De­gas and Dau­mier drawn from the col­lec­tion of the Na­tional Gallery of Aus­tralia.

Im­pres­sions of Paris: Lautrec, De­gas, Dau­mier ex­am­ines the role of each artist in the devel­op­ment of 19th Cen­tury art in France—their in­flu­ence and their orig­i­nal­ity.

This spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tion of works on pa­per will be fur­ther com­ple­mented by a suite of five bronze sculp­tures of bal­let dancers by De­gas, on loan to MAMA from the col­lec­tions of the NGA, Art Gallery of NSW and Queens­land Art Gallery.

MAMA cu­ra­tor, Bianca Aci­movic, said the ex­hi­bi­tion marked an im­por­tant mile­stone for the new con­tem­po­rary art mu­seum.

“For the first time in this re­gion we have fa­cil­i­ties which meet the con­ser­va­tion and ex­hi­bi­tion stan­dards re­quired by lead­ing Aus­tralian and in­ter­na­tional gal­leries to present such im­por­tant works of art.

“Im­pres­sions of Paris rep­re­sents a sig­nif­i­cant depar­ture from the sorts of ex­hi­bi­tions we are used to see­ing in Al­bury,” she said.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will look at the ma­jor con­tri­bu­tion to French art made by three key fig­ures: Honoré-Vic­torin Dau­mier (1808–1879), Edgar De­gas (1834–1917) and Henri de ToulouseLautrec (1864–1901).

A gen­er­a­tion apart, each was a con­sum­mate draughts­man whose in­no­va­tive com­po­si­tions and em­brace of mod­ern sub­ject mat­ter played a sig­nif­i­cant role in artis­tic de­vel­op­ments in France over the 19th Cen­tury.

Im­pres­sions of Paris will be the fi­nal ma­jor ex­hi­bi­tion pre­sented by MAMA in 2015 ahead of the Fe­bru­ary 12, 2016 open­ing of the ex­clu­sive in­ter­na­tional ex­hi­bi­tion, Mar­i­lyn: Cel­e­brat­ing an Amer­i­can Icon.

MAS­TER­PIECE: Im­pres­sions of Paris fea­tures works on pa­per by artists in­clud­ing Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

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