Showcasing the pre-eminent art collection in Western Australia

Art Gallery of WA gets piece of Big Apple action

14 Jun 2012
Joan Miró (Spanish, 1893-1983) Person Throwing a Stone at a Bird

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day today hosted an exclusive preview of Picasso to Warhol: Fourteen Modern Masters which opens at the Art Gallery of Western Australia on Saturday.

Mr Day unveiled the exhibition, the first in a series of six exhibitions that will be on display only in Perth over the next three years, ahead of the official opening tonight by Premier Colin Barnett.

“The first two Great Collections of the World exhibitions offered West Australians a unique opportunity to experience internationally-renowned exhibitions and I know expectations are justifiably high for this third instalment,” he said.

“I believe Picasso to Warhol certainly exceeds these expectations - it is an extraordinary art experience and I congratulate Dr Stefano Carboni on fostering this exclusive collaboration with New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

“To have this New York institution commit to sharing some of their most significant works for the next three years is an important achievement for Perth and testament to our city’s growing international reputation.”

Tourism Minister Kim Hames said the exhibition, as part of the Great Collections of the World series, was proudly supported by Eventscorp.

“West Australians and visitors to our extraordinary State will have the opportunity to see some of the most important art pieces of the modern age here in Perth’s Cultural Centre,” Dr Hames said.

“Eventscorp’s support of the Great Collections of the World series is part of a deliberate strategy to ensure WA has a diverse events calendar of sporting, cultural, arts and culinary events.”

The arrival of Picasso to Warhol: Fourteen Modern Masters will be celebrated at tonight’s official opening and a sold out opening party on Friday June 15. The exhibition opens on Saturday June 16 and runs until December 3, 2012.

Admission is $19 for adults, $16 concessions. Other tickets available.

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Image credit:
Joan Miró (Spanish, 1893-1983)
Person Throwing a Stone at a Bird
Oil on canvas  29 x 36 1/4" (73.7 x 92.1 cm)
The Museum of Modern Art, New York Purchase
© 2011 Successió Miró / Artists Rights Society
(ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris, 1926