NATIONAL Gallery Director Gerard Vaughan says the gallery is working with the French Government and the Palace of Versailles to deliver a major exhibition opening in December 2016 in Canberra.
“More than 7 million people make the journey to Versailles every year to experience a phenomenon central to French history – Louis XIV’s architectural masterpiece, the centre of his court of absolute rule and the embodiment of luxury,” Gerard said.
“The opulent art, interior design and gardens were often the backdrop to enchanting and extravagant celebrations including masked balls, theatre, opera, concerts, sumptuous feasts and fireworks.
“With the support of the French Government, the NGA partnership with Versailles aims to bring to Australia a collection never before seen outside France.
“We are thrilled to be working with Versailles to bring exclusively to Canberra a truly astonishing exhibition and look forward to sharing more details in coming months,” said Gerard.