Showcasing the pre-eminent art collection in Western Australia

New York’s Modern Masters from Warhol to Picasso come to Perth

09 Jun 2011
Pablo Picasso - Green Still Life

Famous artwork, including pieces by Andy Warhol, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, will form the first of six exclusive exhibitions from New York’s world-renowned Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) following support from the State Government.

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the $6million funding, announced in the recent 2011-12 State Budget, would allow the Art Gallery of Western Australia to become the only Australian venue to host these MoMA exhibitions.

“The partnership with New York’s MoMA will give West Australians the chance to see exclusive highlights from this outstanding collection, many of which have never been seen outside the United States,” Mr Day said.

“The first large-scale exhibition - with a working title of ‘Picasso to Warhol: Twelve Modern Masters’ - will launch on June 16, 2012 and will feature more than 100 modern art masterpieces by 12 iconic artists of the 20th Century.

“The securing of these exhibitions, along with today’s announcement of a new agreement between the Western Australian Museum and the British Museum to hold an exclusive exhibition during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth, further illustrates WA’s capacity to deliver significant, outstanding and exclusive cultural events.

“MoMA is home to one of the most famous collections of modern art in the world - including photography, design, painting and sculpture - which offers audiences a continually changing perspective on modern art.

“It’s an exciting and ambitious project for the Art Gallery and forms the next stage in the Gallery’s ‘Great Collections of the World’ exhibition series.

“The series continues to provide residents and visitors with a unique opportunity to see masterpieces from the world’s leading museums and galleries.”

The first exhibition will include celebrated works from Henri Matisse, Constantin Brancusi, Piet Mondrian, Fernand Leger, Marcel Duchamp, Giorgio de Chirico,  Joan Miro, Alexander Calder, Jasper Johns and Jackson Pollock.

The five subsequent exhibitions will draw from MoMA’s extensive collection and include a significant selection of works from each of the museum’s curatorial departments, including design and photography.

‘Princely Treasures: European Masterpieces 1600-1800’ from London’s Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), the second in the ‘Great Collections of the World’ series, will be in Perth from September 24, 2011 to January 9, 2012 as part of an international tour.

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Image credit:

Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973)
Green Still Life
Avignon, summer 1914
Oil on canvas
23 1/2 x 31 1/4" (59.7 x 79.4 cm)
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Lillie P. Bliss Collection
© 2011 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights
Society (ARS), New York