FRENCH FLAVOUR: MAMA director Jacqui Hemsley, left, and National Gallery head of travelling exhibitions Mary-Lou Nugent announce exhibition for art museum.
MURRAY Art Museum Albury has landed an exhibition which would havebeen off-limits before its $10.5 million redevelopment.
Albury Council announced on Thursday a significantexhibition of Paris Impressionists and an additionalfivebronze statues from around Australia will be part of a free exhibition from December 11 to January 31.
More than 150 prints, posters, drawings and monotypes heading to Alburyare partof the National Gallery of Australia collection with the exhibition titled, Impressions of Paris:Lautrec, Degas, Daumier.
The workswill be further complemented by five bronze sculptures of ballet dancers by Degas, which will be on loan toMAMA from the National Gallery of Australia,Art Gallery of NSW and Queensland Art Gallery collections.
The National Gallery of Australia’s head of travelling exhibitions Mary-Lou Nugent returned to her hometown for the announcement on Thursday.
“It is an opportunity to send one of our key exhibition to a new major gallery and that is how the National Gallery sees the new centre here,” she said.
“We haven’t been able to send an exhibition here for a long time.
“It might sound a bit elitist, but it is all based on museum standard requirements.
“Albury now has a place to receive exhibitions of this standard.”
Ms Nugent is in her third year as head of travelling exhibitions and previously worked in Alice Springs for 15 years after studying in Melbourne.
She was appointed to the the MAMA advisory group which secured $1.3 million in philanthropic support for the art museum when the project plunged into doubt due to a funding shortfall.
MAMA director Jacqui Hemsley said the exhibition marked an important milestone for theart museum.
“Itrepresents a significant departure from the sorts of exhibitions we are used to seeing in Albury,” she said.
The exhibition will look at the contribution to French art made by the three key figures,Honoré-Victorin Daumier (1808–1879), Edgar Degas (1834–1917) and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901).
MAMA will also stageMarilyn: Celebrating an American Icon next year.
About 12,000 have visited MAMA since its opening with around26,000 people visiting the former gallery annually.
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