MAMA says bonjour to Impressionist masters
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.