Versailles: Treasures from the Palace
Summer is set to light up with the National Gallery of Australia’s (NGA) major exhibition, Versailles: Treasures from the Palace bringing the sumptuous elegance of the French Court to the national capital. The epic exhibition is a once in a lifetime chance to see and experience a mesmerising period in French history here in Australia. For the first time ever, the treasures will travel from France to entice visitors into a world of power, passion and luxury.
More than 130 paintings, intricate tapestries, gilded furniture, monumental statues and other objects from the royal gardens, and personal items from Louis XIV to Marie Antoinette, will bring to life the reign of three Kings, their Queens and mistresses in a fascinating and often tumultuous period of French history.
Utilising the NGA’s new kids and family space, the interactive experience will invite families to discover the opulent era of French royal rule through creative programs, games and fancy dress. Children under 16 are free.
“We are delighted to bring the grandeur of the culture of Versailles exclusively to Canberra and make it possible for all Australians to access and appreciate the social, political and cultural aspects of this unique phenomenon. If ever absolute power can be expressed through unbridled opulence, this is it,”
said Gerard Vaughan, NGA Director.
“Along with astonishing treasures, like the marble bust of Louis XIV, or the glamorous formal portrait of Marie Antoinette, we are bringing to Australia the entire 1.5 tonne statue of Latona and Her Children from one of the main fountains of the Palace of Versailles,” said Dr Vaughan.
Drawing inspiration from Marie-Antoinette’s penchant for music, art, dance, and entertaining, the NGA will introduce a range of public events for all the community to get involved.
As the Community Partner of this exhibition, ActewAGL is thrilled to be part of this impressive experience. Marketing and Corporate Affairs Director Paul Walshe said,
“We’re proud to partner with the NGA to bring this blockbuster exhibition to Canberra.”
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