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

French honour for National Gallery Director

Media release
19 November 2009
PG/372

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Minister for the Arts Peter Garrett today congratulated Dr Ron Radford, Director of the National Gallery of Australia (NGA), on his selection as a recipient of the French Honour, L'Ordre des Arts et Lettres.

“Dr Radford's selection for the French Government's Order of Arts and Letters is a great accolade that recognises his strong contribution to Australian arts, including through his current role as Director of the National Gallery of Australia and in his previous role with the Art Gallery of South Australia,” Mr Garrett said.

“With Masterpieces from Paris: Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and beyond opening in a couple of weeks, Dr Radford has been responsible for bringing the works of some of the world's most influential artists to our shores.

“Indeed, Masterpieces from Paris follows the highly successful Turner to Monet: the Triumph of Landscape and Degas: Master of French Art exhibitions.”

Mr Garrett said Dr Radford is also overseeing the Gallery's major building and refurbishment project.

“Under Dr Radford's leadership, Australia's first Australian Indigenous Art Triennial, Culture Warriors, recently toured to Washington DC. His commitment to enhancing the Gallery's programs and outreach activities has ensured the NGA continues to build audiences,” Mr Garrett said.

Established in 1957, L'Ordre des Arts et Lettres recognises a person's significant contribution to arts and literature or to the propagation of these fields.

Dr Radford will be presented with the award at an official decoration ceremony early next year.

The National Gallery of Australia presents Masterpieces from Paris: Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and beyond in Canberra from 4 December.

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