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ARTNEWS

Perth set to discover Princely Treasures from

London’s V&A

The State Government today announced the Art Gallery of Western

Australia will this year host ‘Princely Treasures: European

Masterpieces 1600-1800’ from London’s V&A (Victoria and Albert

Museum). The exhibition is the second in the Art Gallery of WA’s

‘Great Collections of the World’ series and will be in Perth from

September 24, 2011 to January 9, 2012 as part of an international

tour.

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said as the exclusive

Australian venue, the Art Gallery of WA would provide residents

and visitors with a unique opportunity to experience historic

treasures that rarely leave Europe.

“The V&A has one of the greatest collections of European decorative

art of the 17th and 18th centuries and this exhibition is exclusive

to Perth,” Mr Day said. “As the first outstanding exhibition

in the Great Collections of the World series - ‘Peggy Guggenheim:

A Collection in Venice’ - begins its second last week, we

can look forward to ‘Princely Treasures: European Masterpieces

1600-1800’ from the V&A bringing a completely different artistic

offering.”

Tourism Minister Kim Hames said he was pleased that Western

Australia would be the only venue in the nation for this exhibition

of rare treasures. “This is another example of Eventscorp’s

work in attracting a mix of high-profile cultural events to Western

Australia,” Dr Hames said.

The exhibition features 80 selected masterpieces ranging from

personal adornment, armoury and furniture, to tapestries and

ceramics acquired by European courts. Many were made by

Europe’s finest artists and craftsmen, using precious materials

from around the world. They come from all corners of the continent

- from Britain and France, Italy and Germany, Russia and

Spain, Austria and Belgium, Holland and Sweden. The exhibition

presents a series of themes encapsulating important aspects of

courtly life in Europe: the importance of war; the role of religion;

the peaceful arts of the domestic interior and the magnificence of

personal adornment. Princely Patronage presents the key figures

who were the great patrons of the arts in Europe between 1600

and 1800, and some of the most sophisticated objects that circulated

within European courts. Power and Glory explores how

representations of war were used to decorate objects commissioned

for courtly use, from armour and weapons to tapestries

and paintings. Religious Splendour reveals the nature of objects

made for worship, commissioned by secular or ecclesiastical

patrons for public or private devotional use.

The first exhibition in the ‘Great Collections of the World’ series -

‘Peggy Guggenheim: A Collection in Venice’ - closes on Monday,

January 31.

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