PICTURE: The Director of AGWA Stefano Carboni and MOMA director Glenn D Lowry standing next to an Andy Warhol titled Double Elvis (1963, Silkscreen ink on synthetic paint on polymer paint on canvas, 6ft. 11 x 53 (210.8 x 134.6 cm) Gift of the Jerry and Emily Spiegel Family Foundation in honor of Kirk Varnedoe 2013 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts/Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York.) Picture: Theo Fakos Source: PerthNow
PERTH art lovers are about to get a chance to see celebrated works of Salvador Dali and Van Gogh up close.
The third exhibition in the series of six from New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Van Gogh, Dali and Beyond: The World Reimagined, opens on Saturday at the Art Gallery of WA and features more than 130 works by 96 artists.
Art Gallery of WA director Stefano Carboni said the venue was the only place in the southern hemisphere to host this exhibition, with the content exclusively curated between the WA gallery and MoMA.
He said Van Gogh, Dali and Beyond was “even bigger and better than the Picasso to Warhol (exhibition) last year”.
Among the priceless pieces are Frida Kahlo’s Self Portrait with Cropped Hair, Pablo Picasso’s Violin and Grapes, Henri Matisse’s The Blue Window and Paul Cezanne’s Chateau Noir.
“When you enter the first space where you have the introduction to the three themes with (Vincent) Van Gogh, (Henri de) Toulouse-Lautrec and (Paul) Cezanne… I have goosebumps quite honestly,” Mr Carboni said.
MoMA director Glenn D. Lowry added that the octagonal spaces in the Art Gallery of WA created an interesting pattern, which allowed new connections to be made between paintings and sculptures which would never be made at MoMA because of the architecture.
Mr Lowry said the exhibition was also unique because MoMA usually displays its works chronologically or historically rather than thematically such as in the Van Gogh, Dali and Beyond exhibition.
“This is what makes these kinds of partnerships so exciting – you take familiar works of art and put them in an utterly unfamiliar context and suddenly they seem fresh and new again,” he said.
Addressing media at the viewing, Mr Lowry, who was last here for the opening of Picasso to Warhol: Fourteen Modern Masters last year, said he was thrilled to return.
“I feel like Perth is now becoming a second home,” he said.
He said the exhibition presented a rare opportunity for the Perth public to view remarkable works in their hometown.
“This exhibition is a remarkable opportunity to see not only some of the most important works of art in the Museum of Modern Art’s collection but some of the most important works of art made over the course of the late 19th century and early 20th century,” he said.