See Versailles in Canberra

Versailles: Treasures from the Palace opening soon in Canberra

Every summer, Canberra delivers a sensational line-up of blockbuster exhibitions in its world-class galleries, museums and libraries, and this season’s offering is no exception.For the first time in history, a collection of more than 130 sumptuous treasures from the Palace of Versailles is coming exclusively to Canberra.

Versailles: Treasures from the Palace, which will be on show at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in Canberra from 9 December, is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see and experience a mesmerising period in French history.

Prepare yourself for an epic exhibition that embodies the opulence, luxury and beauty of a period central to French history, bringing life to the reign of three kings, their queens and mistresses. From the iconic gardens to the rich paintings, from sumptuous rooms to the golden details, from Louis XIV to Marie Antoinette, this exhibition is the greatest cultural experience this summer.

Master Perfumer Francis Kurkdjian will also create a unique scent made specifically to perfume the entrance of the Versailles exhibition based on King Louis XIV’s favourite flower.

The NGA announced international award-winning performer Tina Arena as the official ambassador for the opulent exhibition. As the first Australian to receive a French Knighthood of the Order of Merit, Ms Arena said she is honoured to be telling the world about this historic show.

“It’s fantastic to think that all Australians will have the chance to experience the history, music, gardens and art of Versailles in Canberra,” said Ms Arena. “Our two countries have a special bond—something I am very proud to represent.”

Versailles: Treasures from the Palace brings personal possessions of Queen Marie-Antoinette such as furniture from her bedchamber and delicate porcelain, as well as candelabra from the Hall of Mirrors, and the magnificent centrepiece from the Palace fountain among many other intricate artworks from the 17–18th Century French court.

“To have that depth of art history transposed into the National Gallery of Australia is incredible. I encourage all Australians to see this once-in-a-lifetime event,” said Ms Arena.

Versailles: Treasures from the Palace opens 9 December until 17 April 2017. Tickets are available at Ticketek.

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