MEDIA RELEASE – 21 October 2010

The National Gallery of Australia’s major summer exhibition, Ballets Russes: the art of costume, is now showing and the Gallery has announced a full supporting program of events and activities for the whole family this summer.

“In association with Ballets Russes, the NGA will present a comprehensive program of events for children and adults,” said Peter Naumann, Head of Public Programs at the National Gallery of Australia.

 “From film screenings and talks, to workshops and performances there’s plenty for everyone,” he continued.

 The Gallery has also launched summer’s hottest Friday night venue in Canberra, The Sculpture Bar in association with Veuve Clicquot. Open every Friday night from 5pm – 10pm throughout summer, the bar is the best place to make the most of summer and chill under the stars in the stunning surrounds of the NGA’s Sculpture Garden while sipping on champagne.

 “We’re also hosting Premium Sundays where visitors enjoy an exclusive viewing of the exhibition with curators and guides before the doors open to the weekend crowds. It’s the perfect way to relax, enjoy and ask questions about the many spectacular costumes and accessories on display in the exhibition. Premium Sundays tickets are available through TIcketek,” Mr Naumann continued.

 For the kids, the Family Activity Room is sure to keep them inspired. Located within the exhibition, children can enjoy hands on activities such as creating sets and costumes based on the Ballets Russes. Entry is included in the exhibition ticket. Other activities also include workshops and a Children’s Trail. 

 Ballets Russes: the art of costume features 150 costumes and accessories designed by renowned artists including Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Natalia Goncharova, André Derain, Giorgio de Chirico and many other artists. The sensory spectacle that was the Ballets Russes will be brought back to life with original design drawings for costumes and stage scenery, programs and posters, film and photography from 34 productions between 1909 and 1940. Ballets Russes: the art of costume is on show at the NGA now until 20 March 2011.

For more information on the exhibition go to www.nga.gov.au

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