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‘We jumped at the chance to exhibit After Cézanne because people living in Victoria have seldom seen the work of Lucian Freud, one of the world’s greatest living figure painters. We were also delighted to be able to showcase the National Gallery of Australia’s most significant acquisition for many years. After Cézanne is an enigmatic blend of sexual intrigue and psychological drama, not inappropriate for the grandson of Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis.’
– Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery.

Cairns Regional Gallery has a special relationship with the work of Henri Matisse. Prior to the opening of the Gallery in July 1995, the Director was negotiating the loan of a masterpiece from the National Collection to celebrate the birth of a new public gallery in Far North Queensland and to commence a dialogue with the National Gallery of Canberra. Matisse’s The Abduction of Europa was on the top of the list however the cost of touring this work at the time was prohibitive and the Gallery settled for Peter Paul Rubens’ Self Portrait. In mid 2000 Cairns Regional Gallery hosted the National Gallery’s travelling exhibition Matisse: The Art of Drawing. In the tropics, the love affair between gallery goers and Matisse was intense with over 6,500 visitors viewing prints and drawings by this modern 20th Century French master over a six week period. The opportunity to bring Matisse back to Far North Queensland to celebrate the National Collection was too tempting.’
– Cairns Regional Gallery, Qld.

‘We really wanted an international work and we have never been offered anything as exciting. Elvis is wonderful because he’s an icon, everybody knows him and everybody loves him. Elvis is one of the most recognised words in the world … up there with Jesus and coca cola.’
– Riddoch Art Gallery, Mount Gambier, SA.

‘There is a gap in our collection of the Pop Art genre and the use of screenprint as a contemporary medium… besides it’s fun and the kids are going to love it!’
– Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, NSW.

‘There are dual reasons for the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries’ interest in exhibiting Nolan’s Kelly Series. First and foremost, due to the connection between the building in which the Galleries are housed and Ned Kelly himself. The building was originally a Sisters of Mercy Convent. The foundation stone was blessed by the Reverend M Gibney, Bishop of Perth on December 12 1897. Gibney was in fact the same Reverend Ned Kelly had asked to perform his last rights at the shooting at Glenrowan. Kelly survived to be later tried and hanged. Secondly, the Nolan image of Kelly is so iconic to Australian identity and an image accessible to all.’
– Bunbury Regional Galleries, WA.

The Araluen Galleries has selected the Ned Kelly series as it is so significant to Australian history and heritage, and because it will give many Central Australians a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view some of Australia’s most treasured works.’
– Alice Springs Cultural Precinct, NT.