Sometimes I am lucky enough to be invited to events where I attend, and am in just absolute awe.
Last night was one of those events, as I was invited by the National Gallery of Australia to attend the formal (and very fancy) opening of Versailles: Treasures of the Palace, the Gallery’s latest blockbuster event that is sure to be a sell-out!
The Versailles: Treasures of the Palace exhibition is one like no other, and last night I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek of the exhibition, before it opens to the public today.
For the first time ever, treasures from Versailles have traveled from France, to Canberra to entice visitors into a world of power, passion and luxury.
Over 130 paintings, intricate tapestries, furniture, monumental statues and objects from the royal gardens and even personal items from Louis XIV to Marie Antoinette are on show, to celebrate the lives, loves and passions of the people of Versailles.
The exhibition contrasts small, personal items such as Marie Antoinette’s hand-crafted chair and harp (personal favourites of mine), to huge works including six-metre tapestries!
Dr Gerard Vaughan, Director of the National Gallery of Australia stated that “this exhibition is a once in a lifetime experience” – and my oh my, is he spot on.
Last night at the official launch event, His Excellency Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC, Allan Myers AC QC, Chairman of the National Gallery of Australia Council, Gerard Vaughan AM, Director of the National Gallery of Australia, Tina Arena, Exhibition Ambassador, Chief Minister Andrew Barr, and President of the Versailles Museum Catherine Pegard; were all in attendance.
The launch, which was also attended by other distinguished guests and local Canberrans, was honestly one that I will never forget. Gandel Hall (located inside the Gallery) was decked out in incredible floral installations by local floral extraordinaire Rachel Bethany. I also couldn’t take my eyes off that chandelier!!
Although I have never travelled to Versailles (however it is most definitely on my must-visit list), as soon as I stepped foot in the exhibition, I instantly felt that I had been transported to the palace – THAT is how beautiful this exhibition is.
Whether you’re a Canberra local or from interstate, I highly recommend you visit the exhibition between now, and when it concludes in April 2017.
I assure you, you won’t be disappointed.
Learn more about the exhibition via: nga.gov.au/Versailles/
Tickets to Versailles: Treasures from the Palace can be purchased from Ticketek