European Masterpieces From The Metropolitan Museum of Art – Broadsheet

It’s going to be a while before we can fly to New York. Thankfully, Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) is bringing a part of the Empire State to us, with a major exhibition from the Met’s permanent collection.

Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) will be the exclusive Australian venue for a major exhibition in 2021, European Masterpieces, from The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

The show, which will run from June 12 to October 17 next year, is a remarkable survey of 500 years of European art from The Met’s collection, featuring 65 paintings that chart Western art history’s most iconic movements.

The exhibition will begin in the 1420s with The Crucifixion by Fra Angelico and the emergence of the Renaissance, and conclude in 1919 – at the height of early 20th-century post-impressionism – with one of Monet’s late Water Lilies. There’ll also be works by Rembrandt, Turner, Van Gogh, Titian, Raphael, Goya, Cézanne and more.

“The exhibition traces the development of art and artists from a time when creativity was closely controlled through the patronage of church and state, to a period in which our contemporary idea of the independent artist was born,” QAGOMA director Chris Saines said in a press release.

“It’s a major coup for Brisbane and an extraordinary opportunity for our audiences to experience these important works from one of the finest collections of European painting in the world, the majority of which rarely leave permanent display in New York.”

European Masterpieces will be accompanied by an Up Late program and a major publication.

Tickets are on sale now. More information here