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"Joint Artistic Celebration in Cairns"
1999-07-23 until 1999-09-05
Cairns Regional Gallery, Queensland Art Gallery
Cairns, QL, AU Australia

Cairns Regional Gallery is celebrating its Fourth Birthday in July 1999 with the Queensland premiere of a new travelling exhibition from the Queensland Art Gallery.

The Centenary Exhibition: Highlights of French and British Art from the Collection celebrates 100 years of travelling exhibitions from the Queensland Art Gallery and includes historic international paintings, prints and sculpture from the Gallerys collection rarely seen outside of Brisbane. The exhibition will be officially opened by the Hon Matt Foley MLA, Attorney General, Minister for Justice and Minister for the Arts at the Gallerys official Fourth Birthday function at 6.30pm on Saturday 31 July 1999. Special guest speakers will be Mr Doug Hall, Director of the Queensland Art Gallery and Mrs Julia King, Chief Executive of Louis Vuitton Oceania. Cairns Regional Gallery is very proud to be hosting the premiere of this prestigious exhibition as part of our Fourth Birthday celebrations, said Alice-Anne Boylan, Gallery Director. This exhibition brings to Cairns some of the most popular international paintings in the Queensland Art Gallerys collection. Some of these artworks have provided inspiration to generations of Queensland artists and visitors to the Queensland Art Gallery and now we have the rare opportunity to enjoy seeing them here in Cairns. The Queensland Art Gallery is celebrating 100 years of travelling exhibitions with this special exhibition that was described by Mr Doug Hall, Director of the Queensland Art Galley as a celebration of that Gallerys proud history of touring the States collection to regional Queensland. This exhibition represents a milestone in the Gallerys achievements and the importance the Gallery places upon ensuring the Collection is accessible to the people of Queensland, said Mr Hall. This exhibition offers audiences an interesting and visually stimulating selection of works from a period which was crucial to the development of modern art and art in the 20th Century, he said. The exhibition includes some of the Gallerys most popular and memorable works including paintings by Edward Burne-Jones, Camille Pissaro, Fernand Leger, Walter Sickert, sculptures by Auguste Rodin and works on paper by Jean-Francois Millet, Georges Roualt and James Whistler. A central piece in the exhibition is the historic painting Evicted by British artist Blandford Fletcher, which was the first acquisition by the Queensland Art Gallery and part of the Gallerys first travelling exhibition to the Rockhampton Technical College in 1900. The exhibition will be on display at Cairns Regional Gallery from Friday 23 July until Sunday 5 September 1999. The Centenary Exhibition: Highlights of French and British Art from the Collection is being sponsored at Cairns Regional Gallery by Louis Vuitton. The exhibition has been indemnified by the Queensland Government. The Queensland tour has been made possible with the support of Arts Queensland.


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