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6 Reasons Why You Need to See MoMA at the NGV

Catch some of the world's greatest works of art
Nick Banks
29 Jun
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Art fans – rejoice! Now is a very exciting time to catch some of the greatest works the world has ever seen right here on these shores. Hot on the heels of a number of other landmark exhibitions around the country comes the NGV’s latest offering for the good folk of Melbourne – and it’s a doozy.

Here are six reasons you need to check out MOMA at the NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art.

1. It’s a solid slice of the Big Apple Down Under

For the exhibition, the NGV have teamed up with one of the great galleries of the world – New York’s Museum of Modern Art – to ship over more than 200 key works to Melbourne for the duration of the four-month event. Get there before it ends on 7 October.

2. All the big names are here

You don’t need a degree in art history to have heard of a whole load of the artists whose works are on display here: Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne, Picasso, Kahlo, Mondrian, Dali, Warhol, Lichtenstein, Pollock – the star-studded list goes on.

News
|29 Jun|4 mins

6 Reasons Why You Need to See MoMA at the NGV

Catch some of the world's greatest works of art
Nick Banks
29 Jun
Share:

Art fans – rejoice! Now is a very exciting time to catch some of the greatest works the world has ever seen right here on these shores. Hot on the heels of a number of other landmark exhibitions around the country comes the NGV’s latest offering for the good folk of Melbourne – and it’s a doozy.

Here are six reasons you need to check out MOMA at the NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art.

1. It’s a solid slice of the Big Apple Down Under

For the exhibition, the NGV have teamed up with one of the great galleries of the world – New York’s Museum of Modern Art – to ship over more than 200 key works to Melbourne for the duration of the four-month event. Get there before it ends on 7 October.

2. All the big names are here

You don’t need a degree in art history to have heard of a whole load of the artists whose works are on display here: Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne, Picasso, Kahlo, Mondrian, Dali, Warhol, Lichtenstein, Pollock – the star-studded list goes on.

*Images via NGV. 'Bleeding Takari II' by El Anatsui

3. And their works need no introduction either

Signature pieces like Dali’s The Persistence of Memory (and its multiple melting clocks) and Warhol’s fluoro pink and yellow Marilyn Monroe are instantly recognisable from their countless reproductions and will no doubt attract hordes of selfie-keen Instagrammers seeking out an iconic backdrop.

4. It isn’t just art

Advances in the design world are also well represented in MOMA at the NGV, with each section housing works of architecture, sculpture, furniture, typography and electronics. Look out for pieces by Le Corbusier and the Bauhaus – and even Tomohiro Nishikado’s retro classic ’70s video game, Space Invaders.

'Map' by Jasper Johns, MoMA at NGV

5. It’s huge

The eight sections of the exhibition, displaying a total of 235 works, are set across the entire ground floor of the NGV. In short, that means you’re more than getting your money’s worth.

Arranged in eight easy-to-follow, chronological, themed sections, the exhibition presents the progression of art and design from the late 19th century to the present day. Without knowing it, you’ll be talking through each period like you have that art history degree after all.

6. It’s another chance to see great art in Australia

Our humble nation has been an art and design lover’s dream of late, with the Art Gallery of South Australia’s Colours of Impressionism - which finishes at the end of this month - and Cartier: The Exhibition at the National Gallery in Canberra both deservedly drawing big crowds.

They say life imitates art... Dress the part with a MoMA-inspired outfit

Nick Banks
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