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image: Edgar Degas At the races in the countryside (Carriage at the races) (detail) 1869 oil on canvas Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Photograph © 2008 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Degas master of French art.

ISSUE 115 | 19 January 2009 | nga.gov.au/events

image: Edgar Degas Dancer with bouquets 1895–1900 oil on canvas Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk Gift of Walter P Chrysler Jr in memory of Della Viola Forker Chrysler Edgar Degas  Dancer with bouquets 1895–1900  oil on canvas   Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk Gift of Walter P Chrysler Jr in memory of Della Viola Forker Chrysler  
part of the Degas exhibition

12 December 2008 – 22 March 2009
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Australia’s first ever exhibition of works by French artist Edgar Degas (1834–1917) is now showing at the National Gallery of Australia, and is exclusive to Canberra.

The exhibition includes more than 120 paintings, drawings, sculptures, monotypes, prints, and photographs drawn from 45 collections from all over the world. Works are drawn from prestigious galleries such as the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the Metropolitan Museum of Art inNew York and the National gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

Degas was an innovator in depicting images of everyday life in Paris. Many of the works exhibited focus on Degas’ favourite subject matter—the ballet, behind-the-scenes views at the opera, the racetrack, café-concerts, laundresses and women bathing, as well as brothels.

Exhibition hours
10.00 am–5.00 pm daily
plus Saturday evening 5.00 – 7.00 pm (13 December 2008 – 14 March 2009)

Admission prices
Adult $20; members/concession $15; children $6*;
family $45; season adult $60
*Children’s prices apply to 6–16 year olds (under 6 free)




(above) Edgar Degas  At the races in the countryside (Carriage at the races) (detail) 1869  oil on canvas  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston  Photograph © 2008 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
part of the Degas exhibition

image: Edgar Degas Three dancers at a dance class 1890s (detail) oil on cardboard Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane Purchased 1959 with funds donated by Major Harold de Vahl Rubin

Degas: master of French art

image: Edgar Degas Dancers, pink and green c 1890 (detail) oil on canvas The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York HO Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs HO Havemeyer, 1929Edgar Degas  Dancers, pink and green  c 1890  (detail)  oil on canvas  The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York  HO Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs HO Havemeyer, 1929
part of the Degas exhibition

Frozen motion sculpture workshops
(ages 8–12)
Tuesday 20 January 10.00 am – 12 noon
repeated 2.00–4.00 pm
BOOKED OUT!
Join artist Teffany Thiedeman and make sculptures in warm wax, inspired by the dancers, horses and bathers in the exhibition.
$20; $15 members (includes materials) | bookings essential | meet in Gallery foyer

Movie night: Moulin Rouge!
35 mm, 2001, M, 127 mins
Tuesday 20 January 5.00–7.30 pm
MEMBERS
In the spirit of Degas: master of French art, enjoy a screening of Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge! Evening commences with light refreshments.
$10; $5 members | bookings essential | James O Fairfax Theatre

In the frame with Degas painting and pastel
workshop

(ages 8–12)
Thursday 22 January 10.00 am – 12 noon
repeated 2.00–4.00 pm
BOOKED OUT!
Join artist Elisa Crossing and be inspired by Degas to capture a moment using gouache and the beautiful colours of chalk pastels.
$20; $15 members (includes materials) | bookings essential | meet in Gallery foyer

Degas focus talks — Sunset sessions
Saturday 24 January 4.30 pm
Enjoy free focus talks, live music and performance. Also, sample wines from around the world as part of the program Sunset sessions. Sunset sessions take place every Saturday from 24 January to 14 March.
Free | Members lounge

image: Edgar Degas Woman rubbing her back with a sponge, torso modelled 1888-92; cast 1919-21 Hirshorn Museum	and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC Gift of Joeseph H Hirshorn, 1966Edgar Degas Woman rubbing her back with a sponge, torso  modelled 1888–92; cast 1919–21  Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC  Gift of Joeseph H Hirshorn, 1966 
Part of the Degas exhibition

Wine tastings — Sunset sessions
Saturday 24 January 5.00–7.00 pm
In association with Sunset sessions late night openings, we continue the tradition of exotic wine tastings every Saturday in the Members Lounge.
$5; free for members | Members Lounge

Seven Harp Ensemble — Sunset sessions
Saturday 24 January 5.30 pm
Featuring staff and students from the ANU School of Music, the recently formed Seven Harp Ensemble will play a diverse repertoire, including four newly commissioned Australian works and Degas' letters, a composition by Jim Cotter. The Seven Harp Ensemble includes Alice Giles (Director), Ingrid Bauer, Marie-Cécile Darme, Liena Lacey, Genevieve Lang, Laura Tanata and Tegan Peemoeller.
Free | Exhibition Galleries foyer

Poetry and novel readings from Impressionism to Realism: Paris, the bawdy house of Europe
Saturday 31 January 2.00 pm
Come and listen to local writers reading from poems and novels by Degas’ contemporaries. Degas was an important figure bridging art and literature of the 19th century. Marion Halligan, John Foulcher, John Stokes, Charlotte Clutterbuck and Susan Hampton read a selection of poetry and prose by Degas’ contemporaries.
Free | Small Theatre




(above) Edgar Degas  Three dancers at a dance class  1890s (detail)   oil on cardboard  Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane  Purchased 1959 with funds donated by Major Harold de Vahl Rubin
part of the Degas exhibition

image: Imants Tillers Terra Incognita 2005 (detail) synthetic polymer paint, gouache on 288 canvasboards National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 2006

Gallery events

image: Grace Cossington Smith Interior in yellow 1962, 1964 oil on composition board National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 1965Grace Cossington Smith  Interior in yellow 1962, 1964  oil on composition board  National Gallery of Australia, Canberra  Purchased 1965
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Book me in
(ages 8–12)
Wednesday 21 January 10.00 am – 12 noon
BOOKED OUT!
repeated 2.00–4.00 pm
Join artist and book binder David Hodges to make your own sketchbook inspired by the work of Grace Cossington Smith. Create still-life sketches of household objects and draw works of art about home.
$15; $12 members | bookings essential | meet in Gallery foyer

Focus on bark painting
Saturday 24 January 11.00 am
Tina Baum and Chantelle Woods, curators, Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander Art, present recent acquisitions, including work by Kunwinjku artist Balang (Mick) Kubarkku.
Free | Australian galleries

Focus on bark painting
Saturday 24 January 1.00 pm
Helen Maxwell, private gallery owner, and Gallery object
conservators speak about collecting and caring for paintings on bark.
Free | James O Fairfax Theatre

image: David Malangi Daymirringu The serpent that bit Gurrmirringu 1974 natural pigments on eucalyptus bark National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 1987 © David Malangi. Licensed by VISCOPY, AustraliaDavid Malangi Daymirringu  The serpent that bit Gurrmirringu 1974  natural pigments on eucalyptus bark  National Gallery of Australia, Canberra  Purchased 1987  © David Malangi. Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia
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Summer Sundays art club
Sunday 25 January 3.00–4.30 pm
MEMBERS
Anne O’Hehir, Assistant Curator, Photography, gives a focus talk on the work of Robert Frank, followed by a glass of sparkling wine.
$5; free for members | bookings essential | Exhibition Galleries and Members Lounge

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(above) Imants Tillers Terra Incognita  2005 (detail)  synthetic polymer paint, gouache on 288 canvasboards  National Gallery of Australia, Canberra   Purchased 2006
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