The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - Christo­pher Allen Miriam Cosic

A His­tory of the World in 100 Ob­jects This ex­hi­bi­tion is based on a se­ries of ra­dio broad­casts pro­duced in 2010 by the then head of the Bri­tish Mu­seum, Neil MacGre­gor. The pieces, each orig­i­nally dis­cussed in­di­vid­u­ally and in de­tail, were gath­ered to­gether as an ex­hi­bi­tion that has since toured in­ter­na­tion­ally in mod­i­fied form. The show in­cludes 43 of the orig­i­nal ob­jects. Na­tional Mu­seum of Aus­tralia, Law­son Cres­cent, Ac­ton. MonSat, 9am-5pm; Sun, 9am-7pm. Tick­ets: $8-$20. Book­ings: 1800 026 132 or on­line. Un­til Jan­uary. Versailles: Trea­sures from the Palace This is a rare ex­hi­bi­tion of 130 ob­jets d’art from Versailles. That evoca­tive phrase shock and awe, coined by the writ­ers of Amer­ica’s doc­trine of “rapid dom­i­nance” in the Iraq war, could have been ap­plied to Louis XIV’s reign in France — twice over. Not only did the 17th-cen­tury French king con­sol­i­date state power into ab­so­lute per­sonal rule, ramp­ing up the state’s trea­sury af­ter re­forms by his min­is­ter of finance Jean-Bap­tiste Col­bert. Louis XIV poured money into ar­chi­tec­ture, paint­ing, sculp­ture, the dec­o­ra­tive arts, mu­sic and dance. Na­tional Gallery of Aus­tralia, Parkes Place, Parkes. Daily, 10am-5pm. Tick­ets: $25-$56. In­quiries: (02) 6240 6411 or on­line. Un­til April 17.

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