Oh la la there’s a new art exhibition in town! Impressions of Paris: Lautrec, Degas, Daumier opened last week at the Museum and Art Gallery of the NT in Darwin and oui oui – it was quite the party.
To celebrate the opening of the major exhibition, direct from the National Gallery of Australia, hundreds packed into MAGNT for a free concert by “La Mauvaise Reputation” – who are a French gypsy swing band.
The band created plenty of hot jazz swing vibes and transported everyone to a little, imaginary corner of 1930s Paree. Perfect preparation for the exhibition upstairs.
Impressions of Paris features the work of three artists: Honoré-Victorin Daumier (1808–1879), Edgar Degas (1834–1917) and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901). According to MAGNT: “… each was a consummate draughtsman whose innovative compositions and embrace of modern subject matter played a significant role in artistic developments in France over the nineteenth century.”
The drawings show-off a little of the “naughty” side of Paris society at the time … think drinking, dancing, cabaret, prostitutes etc etc and offer a little window into what life was like back then… a little bit wild, a lot bit fun.
This exhibition is something really different for MAGNT – a Museum renowned for its stuffed crocodile ‘Sweetheart’ – and you notice it as soon as you step into the room … so big thumbs up to the MAGNT team for bringing it to Darwin.
Impressions of Paris: Lautrec, Degas, Daumier features over 150 prints, posters, drawings and monotypes drawn from the collection of the National Gallery of Australia, with Darwin the first stop on a national tour of the exhibition.
Impressions of Paris is open from 27 March – 8 June 2015, entry is free.
Sadly, the toe-tapping, sweet gypsy jazz sounds of La Mauvaise Reputation were a once-off.