For the past decade Melbourne has hosted some magnificent exhibitions as part of its Winter Masterpieces. From April, the city will host Monet’s Garden, featuring 50 of the artist’s works, and Hollywood Costume, a rare collection of iconic ensembles.
The Winter Masterpieces are always brilliantly curated shows, providing rich experiences which encapsulate a period of history or artistic style.
Last year the exhibition Napoleon: Revolution to Empire gave an insight into French art, culture and life from the 1770s to the 1820s, featuring the French Revolution, the execution of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette, and the rise to power of the Napoleon Bonaparte and Josephine.
Melbourne has also mounted a Tutankhamen show, an exhibition of Viennese art and design of the early t20th century, an Impressionist show and an art deco exhibition.
May 10 to August 25
National Gallery of Victoria
From the largest Monet collection in the world, Paris’ Musee Marmottan, comes Monet’s Garden, a stunning exhibition of works dedicated to Claude Monet’s iconic garden at Giverny.
The National Gallery of Victoria will host 50 masterpieces from the museum, accompanied by Monet paintings and early photographs of the artist sourced from other leading international museums and private collections.
Monet’s most well-known works will be displayed. These include his splendid oversized waterlilly paintings, signature garden motifs and his rarely seen later works, painted in the garden as he began to lose his sight.
The exhibition traces the evolution of Monet’s garden motifs and impressionist style over some 20 years.
April 24 to August 18
Australian Centre for Moving Image
Direct from London’s Victoria and Albert Museum comes Hollywood Costume, a rare showcase of the the silver screen city’s most iconic ensembles.
The exhibition features costumes from classic films to recent blockbusters, including The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind, Titanic, Ben Hur, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Moulin Rouge.
The art of storytelling through costume will be investigated in all its glorious detail, following the designer’s creative process from script to screen and exploring the changing social and technological context in which designers have worked over the last century.