Famous artwork makes Australian debut


One of the world’s most iconic paintings is set to make its way to Australia for the first time in March 2016.

On loan from the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, James McNeill Whistler’s famous painting ‘Portrait of the artist’s mother’, will be exhibited exclusively at the National Gallery of Victoria, in association with Art Exhibitions Australia, in Melbourne from 26 March until 19 June 2016.

Presenting Australian audiences with a unique opportunity to see one of the world’s most extraordinary masterpieces, the exhibition will take viewers on a captivating journey through the history of the work; uncovering the life and career of Whistler, the life of his mother Anna Whistler, conservation, influences, its volatile reception and until now, its unexplored Australian connections.

A pivotal moment in the artist’s development, the painting is considered the most important American artwork to reside outside of the United States and is regarded as a potent symbol of motherhood.

A range of public programs will be presented including a floor talk series revealing contemporary insights about the artist and artwork, and an illustrated panel discussion linking iconic works of Andy Warhol, Whistler’s Mother and the NGV Collection, exploring the question ‘What makes an artwork iconic?’.


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