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The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

Indemnity for American impressionism exhibition

Media release
4 May 2009
PG/262

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Arts Minister, Peter Garrett, announced today that the Australian Government will indemnify artworks loaned for the exhibition American Impressionism and Realism: A Landmark Exhibition from the Met.

“This is the first time in 20 years that New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art has loaned works from its collection to Australia, and this has been made possible by the Government’s Art Indemnity Australia (AIA) program,” said Mr Garrett

“It is an incredible opportunity for Australians to see artworks painted by masters of American Impressionism and Realism such as Mary Cassat, John Singer Sargent, and James McNeil Whistler.

“Importantly, it is also an opportunity to see artworks by great Australian painters who have been influenced by the American schools. The exhibition will include over 30 paintings by Australian Impressionist and Edwardian artistsincluding the remarkable Frederick McCubbin, Tom Roberts and Charles Conder borrowed from both public and private Australian collections.

“It will be exciting to see the similarities and differences in style, subject, and technique when these great American works are seen alongside the important Australian artworks.

“The richness of these works is compelling and inspiring, and the opportunity to see such a collection in Australia is truly unique.

“By providing indemnity the Government is helping to bring this and other exhibitions to Australia. The AIA program provides Australians with wide access to the world’s cultural treasures through significant international exhibitions, and develops cultural relations with many of world’s greatest art museums.”

The exhibition contains 71 American Impressionist and Realist artworks of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, loaned from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

The exhibition goes on show at the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane from 30 May 2009 to 20 September 2009. More information at www.qag.qld.gov.au .

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