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The NGA announces new dates for Botticelli to Van Gogh blockbuster

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As Canberra’s galleries begin to re-open once more (albeit with limited numbers and copious amounts of sanitiser), a new date has been announced for one of the National Gallery of Australia’s (NGA) most exciting blockbusters.

While Botticelli to Van Gogh: Masterpieces from the National Gallery, London originally held the coveted title of the NGA’s 2020 Spring/Summer blockbuster exhibition, due to COVID, the exhibition will now open on 5 March 2021.

Despite a slightly longer—yet very understandable—wait, lovers of European Masters will be excited to pore over the list of iconic artists and works appearing in the exhibition, including Rembrandt’s Self-portrait at the age of 34, 1640, Vermeer’s A young woman seated at a virginal c 1670 and Van Gogh’s much-loved Sunflowers 1888.

As the title might suggest, the pieces will be on loan from London’s National Gallery, with many of the works on display having never previously appeared in Australia.

“We are thrilled to be able to welcome visitors exclusively to the nation’s capital, to see these world-class paintings in Australia,” says National Gallery of Australia Director Nick Mitzevich.

“I am grateful to the Director of the National Gallery, London, Gabriele Finaldi, for his generosity in lending some of the most significant works in their collection, providing our audiences with this very special opportunity.”

“Van Gogh’s Sunflowers 1888 is one of the world’s most popular and widely recognised works of modern art. Sunflowers has only been lent outside the British capital on two occasions since its acquisition by the National Gallery, London, in 1924 and now audiences will be able to see it in Canberra.”

Running for just over three months, the exhibition will boast 60 works by some of Europe’s most revered artists including Vermeer, Titian, Goya, Turner, Renoir, Gauguin, Cézanne, Rembrandt, Botticelli and Van Gogh.

In total, the works will span 500 years of art history.


What: Botticelli to Van Gogh: Masterpieces from the National Gallery, London
When: 5 March – 14 June 2021
Where: National Gallery of Australia
More information: nga.gov.au/masterpieces

Feature image: Vincent van Gogh, Sunflowers 1888, oil on canvas, 73 x 92.1 cm, National Gallery London. Bought, Courtauld Fund, 1924. Image courtesy of the National Library of Australia.

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