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Two Hundred Modern Art Masterpieces to Travel From NYC to Melbourne This Summer

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Art & Design Editor
Updated: 31 January 2018
Come June 2018, approximately 200 modern art masterpieces from the Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) prized collection will make their way across the world from New York City to Melbourne.

Showcasing an expansive breadth of MoMA’s beloved highlights, the National Gallery of Victoria awaits a selection of the world’s most iconic artworks for their forthcoming survey, MoMA at NGV.

Salvador Dalí. The Persistence of Memory. 1931. The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Salvador Dalí. The Persistence of Memory. 1931. The Museum of Modern Art, New York | © 2004 Salvador Dali, Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

The exhibition has reportedly been in development since 2016, but the National Gallery of Victoria has only recently revealed the extent of it, and what visitors can expect to find on view.

From Salvador Dalí’s The Persistence of Memory (1931) to Vincent van Gogh’s Portrait of Joseph Roulin (1889) and Andy Warhol’s famed portrait of Marilyn Monroe (1967), MoMA at NGV “will trace the development of art and design from late 19th-century urban and industrial transformation, through to the digital and global present,” the National Gallery of Victoria writes.

Presented in chronological order and separated by eight distinct themes, MoMA at NGV will begin with the late 19th/early 20th-century post-impressionist works of Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Paul Cézanne, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

Frida Kahlo. Self-Portrait with Cropped Hair. 1940. The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Frida Kahlo. Self-Portrait with Cropped Hair. 1940. The Museum of Modern Art, New York | © 2018 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Cubist masterpieces by Pablo Picasso will follow, alongside Marcel Duchamp’s unique brand of Dada sculpture, Piet Mondrian’s abstract De Stijl aesthetic, the surreal worlds of Salvador Dalí and Frida Kahlo, and the abstract expressionism of major modern masters such as Alexander Calder and Jackson Pollock.

“Developments in art from the 1960s, from Minimalism through Postmodernism, will be explored with the work of Roy Lichtenstein, Gerhard Richter, Andy Warhol, Lynda Benglis, Sol LeWitt, Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman and Keith Haring, among others,” the museum continues.

Roy Lichtenstein. Drowning Girl. 1963. The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Roy Lichtenstein. Drowning Girl. 1963. The Museum of Modern Art, New York | © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein.

Kara Walker, Olafur Eliasson, El Anatsui, and Andreas Gursky represent some of the finest examples of late 20th and early 21st-century art, to, as the National Gallery says, “foreground ideas that inform much contemporary art, such as those around cultural and national identity, and mobility in a globalised world.”

Alongside the visual artworks included in the landmark exhibition, objects from MoMA’s Architecture and Design collection—from a model by Le Corbusier to Bauhaus designs and the first-ever emoji developed by Shigetaka Kurita—will be exhibited.

MoMA at NGV will be on view from June 9 through October 7, 2018 at the National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St. Kilda Rd., Melbourne VIC 3006, Australia.