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"The Centenary Exhibition: Highlights of French and British Art from the Queensland Art Gallery Collection"
1999-12-17 until 2000-01-30
Gold Coast City Art Gallery
Gold Coast, , AU Australia

The Manager and staff of Gold Coast City Art Gallery are delighted to host an important exhibition of significant international works drawn from the Queensland Art Gallery. The Queensland Art Gallery is celebrating 100 years of travelling exhibitions with this special exhibition, highlighting works from the Gallery's international collection.

Queensland Art Gallery Director, Mr Doug Hall said The Centenary Exhibition: Highlights of French and British Art from the Collection is a celebration of the Gallery's proud history of touring the State's collection to regional Queensland.

Gold Coast City Art Gallery Manager, Mr John Walsh said The Centenary Exhibition offers a rare opportunity for the local community to engage with such an important collection in their local Gallery. Indeed, it is extremely exciting to have such famous artists featured in one exhibition. The exhibition consists of 19 paintings, 4 sculptures and 15 works of paper, by many significant artists including Camille Pissarro and Jacob Epstein.

This exhibition represents a milestone in the Gallery's achievements and the importance the Gallery places on ensuring that the Collection is accessible to the people of Queensland, said Mr Doug Hall, Director, Queensland art Gallery.

Focusing on French and British art from 1850 - 1950, The Centenary Exhibition will feature some of the Gallery's most important and memorable works such as paintings by Edward Burne-Jones, Fernand Leger and Walter Sickert, sculptures by Auguste Rodin and works on paper by Jean François Millet, and James Whistler.

One of the exhibition's central works, Evicted by British artist Blandford Fletcher was the Gallery's first purchase and part of the first travelling exhibition to Rockhampton Technical College in 1900.

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.

The Centenary Exhibition will be on display at Gold Coast City Art Gallery from Friday the 17th of December until the 30th of January 2000. The exhibition will be officially opened on Friday the 17th of December at 6pm by Dr Caroline Turner, Deputy Director and Program Manager for Exhibitions and Cultural Development, Queensland Art Gallery. Entry to this exhibition for the duration of the show is FREE.

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