French Impressionism at NGV Virtual Tour

Sun 3rd October, 2021 – Fri 31st December, 2021
Price: Free
The landmark exhibition of more than 100 impressionist pieces (by Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro and more) isn’t reopening after lockdown. But you can still explore the artworks and learn about their significance at this virtual tour lead by senior NGV curators.

The NGV’s winter blockbuster French Impressionism From the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston was an unfortunate casualty of the pandemic. Lockdown five forced it to close for 12 days, just weeks after opening, and lockdown six has stretched on beyond its closing date.

Despite the exhibition no longer reopening when the city exits lockdown, there are multiple ways you can visit it virtually. First is an interactive 3D map that allows you to explore the artwork at your own pace, accompanied by an audio guide.

There’s also a video tour hosted by NGV senior curators Dr Miranda Wallace (international exhibition projects) and Dr Ted Gott (international art). They’ll take you through the space – with a contemporary look at impressionism featuring soundscapes, light projections and an “ethereal mirrored area where you feel engulfed by clouds” – and more than 100 impressionist pieces by Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro and more. Hear stories about the artists, explore key themes and learn the history of the movement, from its key milestones and figures, to its influence on the art world today.

Check out the tours here.

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