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20 Icons to 20 Venues Exhibition

The National Gallery of Australia wishes to announce that, in association with its 20th birthday celebrations, it will travel across Australia a selection of major iconic works from the Gallery's collection.

The Gallery intends to extend its birthday celebrations outside Canberra and take major works of art to every Australian State and Territory. The Gallery has selected a minimum of two galleries in each State and Territory and invited them to choose from a list of 20 works of art which work they wish to borrow to celebrate the opening of the National Gallery on 12 October 1982.

The exhibition will showcase and celebrate those works of art identified by metropolitan and regional galleries as iconic works in the history of collecting by the National Gallery, and at the same time demonstrate the diversity of the National Collection. This exhibition is the NGA's birthday gift to all Australians and demonstrates the Gallery's ongoing commitment to increase access to works of art. The exhibition will be the only opportunity for a number of Australians to view some of the major works acquired by the National Gallery.

The exhibition 20 Icons to 20 Venues will take major works, over the course of the next 12 months, to Perth, Bunbury and Kalgoorlie, WA; Port Lincoln, Adelaide and Mt Gambier, SA; Alice Springs and Darwin, NT; Cairns and Rockhampton, Qld; Armidale, Broken Hill and Albury, NSW; Mornington, Hamilton, Melbourne and Langwarrin, VIC; and Hobart and Launceston, Tas.

Each venue has selected their preferred iconic work, which include works such as Sidney Nolan's Ned Kelly Series; Andy Warhol's screenprint of Elvis; Ruben's Self-portrait, Monet's Haystacks; Henri Matisse's The Abduction of Europa, De Kooning's Woman V, Lucian Freud's After Cézanne, Von Guérard's North-east View from the Northern top of Mount Kosciusko and Ferntree Gully in the Dandenong Ranges. Jackson Pollock's Blue Poles will travel to Melbourne in time for the launch of the refurbished National Gallery of Victoria building.

The National Gallery values its long standing relationship with regional and metropolitan galleries so much so as to entrust them with the care of the country's iconic works of art.

For further information please contact:
Erica Persak, Assistant Director Collection Services, +61 2 6240 6407 or
Public Affairs +61 2 6240 6431