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Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890) Portrait of Joseph Roulin, early 1889, Oil on canvas 25 3/8 x 21 3/4″ (64.4 x 55.2 cm)
Credit: Courtesy of the National Gallery of Victoria and The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
If you’ve been to New York’s iconic Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) you’ll know that not only is it a pain to enjoy a view uninterrupted by a sea of phones but also that the museum houses one of the most spectacular collections of modern art that you’ll likely find this side of heaven.

Australian aesthetes for whom a trip to New York isn’t on the cards any time soon will rejoice in news announced today that the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) will soon present an internationally exclusive major exhibition of over 150 modern and contemporary masterpieces borrowed from MoMA’s collection.

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Paul Cézanne (French, 1839–1906) Still Life with Apples, 1895-98, Oil on canvas 27 x 36 1/2″ (68.6 x 92.7 cm)
Credit: Courtesy of the National Gallery of Victoria and The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Lillie P. Bliss Collection
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Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973) Seated Bather, early 1930, Oil on canvas 64 1/4 x 51″ (163.2 x 129.5 cm)
Credit: Courtesy of the National Gallery of Victoria and The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund © 2016 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Slated to open in June 2018 and occupying the entire ground floor of NGV International in Melbourne, Masterworks from MoMA will showcase spectacular works from the most important artists of all time, including including Paul Cézanne, Salvador Dalí, Marcel Duchamp, Edward Hopper, Jeff Koons, Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Lyubov Popova, Mark Rothko and Vincent van Gogh.

Taking a multi-disciplinary approach to its selection of works, the exhibition will canvas (pun intended) a diverse offering of twentieth- and twenty-first century gems from the traditional fine arts of painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking to furniture, architecture, design, film, objects and photography, many of which have left an indelible mark on society, even when removed from the context of the modern canon.

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Piet Mondrian (Dutch, 1872–1944) Composition in Red, Blue, and Yellow, 1937-42 Oil on canvas 23 3/4 x 21 7/8″ (60.3 x 55.4 cm)
Credit: Courtesy of the National Gallery of Victoria and The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The Sidney and Harriet Janis collection
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Edward Hopper (American, 1882–1967) Gas, 1940, Oil on canvas 26 1/4 x 40 1/4″ (66.7 x 102.2 cm)
Credit: Courtesy of the National Gallery of Victoria and The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund
Featuring works never before seen in Australia, the exhibition – a huge coup for the NGV – will traverse over 130 years of art history and promises to be unmissable viewing worth waiting for.

Masterworks from MoMA will be on display at Melbourne’s NGV International from June 8 to October 7, 2018.

Tile image: Roy Lichtenstein, Drowning Girl, 1963 courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Estate of Roy Lichtenstein/Licensed by Viscopy, 2016
Cover image: Salvador Dalí, The Persistence of Memory, 1931 courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Salvador Dalí, Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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