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Colours of Impressionism

Our Deputy Agent General James Mraz was on hand to witness the spectacular Colours of Impressionism exhibition from the Musée d’Orsay at the Art Gallery of South Australia.

As you venture into the Art Gallery of South Australia, you can be forgiven for forgetting that the halls you’re walking, are in Adelaide, not Paris. The Gallery – always setting high standards – has outdone itself with a stunning impressionist exhibition from the Musée d’Orsay. Examples of such international partnerships is what puts Adelaide on the map, boosting our visitor economy.

From the dark tones of Manet’s Spanish-influenced paintings, to the rich green and blue hues of the French countryside as painted by Cézanne, Monet and Pissarro, to the rosy pigments of Renoir’s and Morisot’s female figures, the pieces trace the development of colour in the Impressionists’ radical reshaping of painting in the nineteenth century.

The collection is a unique collaboration between the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the Art Gallery of South Australia in Adelaide, and Art Exhibitions Australia. Laurence des Cars, the President of the Musée d’Orsay, has been glowing in his reflection of working with the South Australian Art Gallery.

The exhibition is also a warm farewell to Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia, Nick Mitzevich. After eight years in the position, Nick will be taking on the monumental role as Director of the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. Another example of South Australia punching above its weight!

Mitzevich has described the exhibition as the most important to ever to be shown at the gallery, with so few Impressionist works held in Australian collections. This again reflects the Adelaide spirit of embracing new ideas and taking creative risks.

The Adelaide Chapter members from the South Australia Club were treated to a ‘Night at the Gallery’ on Monday 16 April. Our Agent General, Bill Muirhead, spoke at the event, wishing Mitzevich well in his new position, recognising his friendship and cultural legacy.

If you’re in Adelaide, I can’t recommend a visit to the exhibition highly enough. The exhibition will be featuring at the Art Gallery of South Australia from 29 March to 29 July 2018.

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