It takes a profound amount of trust to get a museum to relinquish their most precious works of art and send it to an isolated vestige of a mining town.
From the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Art Gallery Western Australia (AGWA) crowbared an exhibition so grand, that it will take three years to complete its cycle. It’s called MoMA at AGWA* and it’s the single most expensive exhibition to ever land in over-boganified boomtown.
What a period of episodic brilliance to be granted a spectacle worth travelling the world over to see. Picasso, Matisse, Mondrian, Brancusi, Duchamp, Calder, Pollock, Warhol. And this is just the first instalment—the first of six exhibition rounds lasting roughly six month each rotation.
For once, the illegitimate artistic braggadocios of WA have something to harp on about across the continent. Perhaps some people over east will make haste for boomtown and run for the gallery?
If that happens, AGWA can sing a triumphant ditty.
*given individual exhibition names
16 June — 3 December 2012
Picasso to Warhol: Fourteen Modern Masters
“With well over 100 Masterpieces rarely seen outside the US on show, this exhibition presents an in depth look at the work of 14 of the world’s most revered modern artists. Including painting, sculpture, moving image, photographs and multiples. Picasso to Warhol is a unique opportunity to spend time with Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian, Connstantin Brancusi, Fernand Leger, Marcel Duchamp, Giogio de Chirico, Joan Miro, Alexander Calder, Jackson Pollock, Louise Bourgeois, Romare Bearden, Jasper Johns, and Andy Warhol.”—WA Art Gallery Press Release 06/05/2012
28 January — 12 May 2013
Picturing New York: Photographs from the MoMA
15 June — 2 December 2013
Van Gogh to Richter: People, places and things (working title)
16 January — 21 April 2014
Contemporary Encounters (working title)
17 May — 29 September 2014
Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen
1 November 2014 — 30 March 2015
Masterpieces of Post Impressionism (working title)