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If you thought walking around the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) and admiring brush stroke, painting technique, light and colour was the only way to experience the gallery’s latest blockbuster exhibition Monet: Impression Sunrise, think again.
The exhibition tells the story of a defining moment in art history as it brings together a remarkable collection of paintings by Monet and the generation of Impressionist painters who inspired him to abandon his studio for the world outside.
In line with the Impressionist spirit of seeing things in a different light, the NGA is offering visitors five unique ways to experience the exhibition.
THE MOST DELICIOUS WAY TO MONET
Imagine yourself in 19thcentury Paris when you experience the decadence of high tea at Monet’s Tea Salon.
Wear your prettiest frocks, but just don’t wear a corset. Trust us on this. Because, well, how would you fit in all of the delectable treats?
And why choose between savoury and sweet when you can have both?
Indulge in a soft mini brioche with cured salmon; ribbon sandwiches with two yummy fillings—citrus poached chicken and herb mayonnaise; and cucumber, lime sour cream and fresh mint—and a mini asparagus, leek and melted gruyere tart.
And to top it all off, enjoy a freshly baked buttermilk scone with local berry preserve and double cream; a dark chocolate eclair filled with vanilla cream and candied violet; a candied macaron; a raspberry and pistachio opera cake; a strawberry crème profiterole; and a French caramelised apple tarte tatin on ginger sable Lemon curd tart with toasted meringue.
Wash it all down with an espresso, tea or orange juice (bubbly or wine is extra).
Children under 12 can also experience a kid-sized high tea for $20. It includes a hot chocolate or orange juice, ribbon sandwiches with two fillings—citrus poached chicken and herb mayonnaise; and ham and cheese—as well as a scone with jam and cream, a dark chocolate éclair, and a candied macaron.
Served daily until 1 September: weekdays 11am, weekends 11am and 2pm.
$48 per person, $43 for NGA Members. $20 for children under 12.
High tea + exhibition entry package: $70 adult, $68 concession, $60 NGA Members.
MONET, THE FAMILY WAY
Monet really is for everyone, and Monet: Impression Sunrise is a wonderful opportunity to introduce children and teens to the stunning works and significance of Impressionism.
Curated by the Scientific Director of the Musée Marmottan Monet, Marianne Mathieu, Monet: Impression Sunrise takes visitors on a journey through Monet’s exploration of light, his influential masterpiece that marked the dawn of Impressionism, to his study of nature, culminating with his most loved waterlily series.
With school holidays coming up fast, why not take the whole family along to discover the beauty of natural light, colour and fleeting moments that captivated Monet and his Impressionist friends—entry is free for children 16 years and under while accompanied by a paying adult.
MONET AFTER WORK
Don’t like Mondays? That’s about to change.
The perfect way to wind down after a busy day at work, Monet Mondays invite you to experience the beauty of Monet: Impression Sunrise after hours. Purchase a ticket to the exhibition from the NGA box office from 5 pm on a Monday and receive a complimentary glass of sparkling when you present your exhibition ticket at Monet’s Tea Salon. Available this July.
If you simply can’t find time to visit the exhibition during normal business hours—or you just prefer your art with a side of bubbles—this is for you.
Available 5 pm to 7 pm every Monday with a purchased exhibition ticket.
Standard exhibition ticket prices: $22 Adult, $20 Student/Concession, $17 NGA Member
START YOUR WEEKEND WITH MONET
If you’ve ever dreamt of wandering a blockbuster exhibition sans hordes, this is the option for you. Start your weekend in a truly special way with a Premium Session of Monet: Impression Sunrise.
The ideal way to beat the crowds, each Saturday and Sunday you can enjoy an exclusive viewing of the exhibition with limited numbers of people, and get in before the doors open to the general public at 10am.
Once you’ve had your fill of Impressionism, perhaps you’d like to explore everything else the NGA has to offer, and then head directly to Monet’s Tea Salon where you can sate a different kind of appetite!
Available every weekend from 9am to 10am.
$55 Adult, $45 NGA Members
MONET AS A MEMBERWant VIP treatment all the time? Become a NGA Member and skip the queues. New NGA Members receive a free ticket to a current or upcoming major exhibition, valid for 12 months, and also get up close and personal with behind-the-scenes tours, bespoke after hours events and opportunities to meet and learn from curators, conservators and artists.
Not only that, Members enjoy discounted admission to all NGA ticketed exhibitions and events (plus 10% discount at all National Gallery shops and cafes), can take time out with exclusive access to the Members Lounge overlooking the Sculpture Garden, receive a copy of the Gallery’s quarterly magazine, Artonview, mailed to their door plus a monthly members’ online newsletter, AND membership entitles guests to reciprocal benefits at Australian state galleries and museums, ensuring they can connect with art, anywhere.
With individual local membership starting at just $80—and a host of exciting exhibitions to come over the next 12 months, it’s ridiculously good value.
Find out more at nga.gov.au/members
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