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4 December 2009 – 5 April 2010

Masterpieces from Paris has inspired a swathe of stylish summer socialising; Canberra's newest oasis is here with the Champagne Pol Roger Sculpture Bar, a full service bar in the unique surrounds of the Sculpture Garden. During March the bar and surrounding Sculpture Garden will be transformed into the exclusive venue for Starry Nights, with four nights only of live concerts by some of Australia's most loved musicians, Masterpieces from Paris night viewings, exhibition tours and music throughout the Gallery.
Tickets are limited.

On top of all this, see free Masterpieces from Paris-inspired film screenings, such as the modern classic Moulin Rouge. Read on for a special offer from Opera Australia and more event highlights.

Image: Vincent van Gogh Starry night 1888 Musée d'Orsay, Paris
© RMN (Musée d’Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski. Part of Masterpieces from Paris

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Starry Nights at the Pol Roger Bar

Champagne Pol Roger Sculpture Bar NOW OPEN
Fridays & Saturdays 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sundays 2:00 pm – dusk
(Tickets required for Starry Nights evenings)

5:30–11:00 pm | $70, $60 members | Buy tickets online or phone Ticketek 132849

Enjoy a unique experience of Masterpieces from Paris with late-night viewing, exhibition tours each half hour, music and shopping in the Gallery, and a live concert followed by DJ in the picturesque Sculpture Garden. Gourmet food and beverages available at the Champagne Pol Roger Bar. More information

Friday 5 March Renée Geyer
Saturday 6 March The Black Sorrows
Friday 12 March Clare Bowditch Trio
Saturday 13 March Tim Rogers Band


Event highlights
NB: For a full listing of events please go to the calendar

image: Musicians perform in the GalleryMusicians perform in the Gallery

Saturdays 4:30 pm
Free talks and concerts, no bookings required
James O Fairfax Theatre

6 February
Paris: fashion capital of the world
Glynis Traill-Nash, Fashion Features Director, Grazia magazine, presents a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Parisian fashion world.

13 February
La passion de la française
The ANU School of Music performs a collection of French Impressionist harp and chamber music, with Hilary Manning (harp), Lucy Anderson (flute), David Hatch (clarinet), Julia Clancy (viola), Anne Ewing (cello), Sarah Hendriks and Hayley Bullock (violins) and Samantha Joseph (flute).

20 February
The art of living: how the women of Paris shaped the City of Light
Lucinda Holdforth, author of True pleasures: a memoir of women in Paris (2004) and Why manners matter (2007), takes a journey with the rule-breakers and style-setters who lit up the City of Light.

27 February
Musique impressioniste de chamber

Virginia Taylor, Alan Vivian, Adam Cooke and fellow ANU School of Music students perform a concert of evocative music for flute, clarinet and piano from the French Post-Impressionist period.

image: Maurice Denis Sunlight on the terrace 
Musée d’Orsay, Paris
Copyright RMN (Musée d’Orsay) / Hervé LewandowskiMaurice Denis Sunlight on the terrace 1890
Musée d’Orsay, Paris
© RMN (Musée d’Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski


Introduction to Masterpieces from Paris
Mondays 18 January – 29 March (except 15 March) 5:30–7:30 pm
$35, $25 members/concession (includes exhibition entry)
bookings essential, (02) 6240 6528
James O Fairfax Theatre

An excellent opportunity to avoid the crowds and get a little bit extra from Masterpieces from Paris. Enjoy an informative half hour overview to the exhibition by a Gallery staff member prior to an exclusive after-hours exhibition viewing. Book early as places are limited.


Masterpieces masterclass
Series 2: Tuesdays 2 – 23 March 6:00–8:00 pm

$100 series, $80 members/concession (includes four lectures and exhibition entries) | BOOK NOW FOR MARCH, (02) 6240 6528 | James O Fairfax Theatre

A series of Tuesday evening masterclass lectures, involving key academics and experts in Post-Impressionist art for enthusiasts who want to delve deeply into the rich artistic content of Masterpieces from Paris. Following each week’s lecture, the exhibition opens exclusively to masterclass attendees for one hour (7:00–8:00 pm), allowing participants to avoid the crowds and pay close attention to the works discussed during the lectures.

image: photo from members opening of Masterpieces from ParisJennifer Tierney, Claudia Mullin in front of Emile Bernard's Madeleine in the Bois d'Amour. See more members and event photos on Flickr

2 March Dr Ted Gott, Senior Curator, International Art, National Gallery of Victoria
9 March Dr Anthea Callen, Emeritus Professor of Visual Culture, University of Nottingham, UK
16 March Dr Virginia Spate, Power Professor of Fine Art, University of Sydney
23 March Dr Fae Brauer, Research Professor for Visual Art Theory, School of Architecture and Visual Arts, University of East London, UK
Series 1 program


Members exclusive exhibition viewing
members event
Thursday 18 February 5:30 pm

$30 members, $40 guests | bookings essential, (02) 6240 6528 | Exhibition Galleries and Gallery foyer

Masterpieces from Paris will open after hours exclusively for members and their guests. Avoid the crowds, enjoy your moment with the masters and relax with a glass of sparkling wine.

image: Audrey Flack 'Jolie madame (Pretty woman)' 1973 (detail)
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Audrey Flack Jolie madame (Pretty woman) 1973 (detail) National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased 1978 © Audrey Flack. Part of Shimmer

19 February – 30 May 2010 | Childrens Gallery

Shimmer examines the many ways artists have employed colour, pattern, line and materials to give their work a special energy in the eye of the viewer.

Special event

image: Ginger Riley Munduwalawala Limmen Bight Country 1993
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased 2009 Ginger Riley Munduwalawala Limmen Bight Country 1993
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased 2009

Sorry Day screenings
Saturday 13 February 10:30 am – 3:00 pm
Free| James O Fairfax Theatre | Program

Commemorate Sorry Day. Join us to view a suite of films that celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and culture. Sorry Day is an important time for all Australians to reflect upon our shared history and heritage.
DVDs courtesy of Ronin Films.

Opera Australia offer

image:Peter Coleman-Wright as Harry Joy in the world premiere of BlissPeter Coleman-Wright stars as Harry Joy in the world premiere of Bliss

The much-anticipated world premiere season of the new Australian opera Bliss, based on Peter Carey's darkly comic fable of ad-man Harry Joy opens at the Sydney Opera House this March. More …

Special offer for artonline readers: 30% off tickets for all performances when you quote '7973'. Bookings 02 9318 8200.

Stay at Sir Stamford at Circular Quay Hotel and receive two tickets to Bliss and overnight accommodation for two in a superior room, including breakfast from $530 (A-reserve) and $610 (Premium reserve) - a 30% saving.
Bookings (02) 9252 4600. Conditions Apply.

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