More than 200 works by French impressionist master Edgar Degas will go on show at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in 2016, in a world premiere exhibition, Degas: A New Vision.
Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings was at the NGV today to announce the exhibition, which will be part of the 2016 Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series.
Degas: A New Vision will reflect on Degas’ expansive career as a ground-breaking painter, illustrator, and printmaker and later, as his eyesight deteriorated, a sculptor and photographer. Degas was renowned as a founder of the impressionist art movement and is best known for his depictions of everyday life in the late 19th century – particularly his ballet scenes.
The exhibition is the result of a partnership between the NGV and The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. The two institutions have been working together for several years to draw together the best Degas works from collections across the world. After premiering in Melbourne, the exhibition will go to Houston in October 2016.
Degas: A New Vision will be the 21st exhibition in the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series since it was launched in 2004. More than five million people have attended the series, including many interstate and international visitors, bringing more than $380 million into the Victorian economy.
Quotes attributable to Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings
“Degas: A New Vision will give Victorians and visitors to our state an unprecedented opportunity to experience the incredible life’s work of an iconic master.”
“It is a significant coup for Melbourne to be the first place in the world to present this ground-breaking exhibition, which casts the international spotlight firmly on our city and the NGV.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren
“The Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series brings the world’s best art exclusively to our capital city.”
“These exhibitions are fantastic for Victorians – not only in terms of the incredible cultural experience they offer, but their significant economic impact.”
Reviewed 10 February 2021