NGV opens to French Impressionism, Goya and NGV Friday Nights

The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) has reopened with two major international exhibitions, French Impressionism from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Goya: Drawings from the Prado Museum.

French Impressionism from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is an internationally exclusive presentation of more than 100 masterworks in partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA). Part of the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series, the exhibition features works by Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, Mary Cassatt and more– including 79 that have never-before-been exhibited in Australia. The exhibition concludes with a monumental presentation of 16 Monet paintings presented in an oval gallery referencing the gallery Monet helped design for his famous Water Lilies at the Musée de l’Orangerie, Paris.

The world-exclusive exhibition Goya: Drawings from the Prado Museum features more than 160 works on paper by Francisco Goya, celebrating the artist’s extraordinary imagination. Goya: Drawings from the Prado Museum is the first major presentation of Goya’s work at the NGV in more than 20 years and features 44 drawings on loan from the Prado Museum, the largest group of Goya’s drawings ever seen in Australia. Goya produced humorous and critical images of Spanish society that commented on gender relationships, social inequality and violence, as well as visions of fantastic creatures.

Finally, NGV Friday Nights launches at NGV International tonight with after hours access to French Impressionism, live performances by Melbourne-based soul, jazz, and disco band Squid Nebula in the Great Hall and French-inspired dining and bars.

Fusing art, culture and the best of Friday night entertainment go to the NGV this year and don't miss out!


Location: NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Dates: French Impressionism: 25 June to 3 October 2021

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