'The politics, the tastemakers, the visionaries, the artists, the artisans, the sculptors, the painters, the gardeners...there was brilliance that was spawned during that time' - NGA Ambassador Tina Arena
Defying Empire: 30 artists explore the resilience of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for the 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial. Powerful art that touches on the issues of identity, racism, displacement, country, nuclear testing, sovereignty and the stolen generations. Opens May 26. [ Nga.gov.au Link ]

Image: Archie Moore
Aboriginal Anarchy 2012
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A sheep, a duck and a rooster get into a balloon… No, it’s not the start of a pub joke, it’s the story of the first balloon flight at the Palace of Versailles in 1783, in the presence of King Louis XVI. The ground-breaking foray into the troposphere was undertaken by these three barnyard animals.

The Montgolfier brothers made a balloon out of azure cotton glued with paper on both sides,...
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Prelle is the French fabric house that has serviced Versailles for generations. Go behind the seams to discover the process of producing material fit for a queen.

Family fun day: Sculpture Garden Sunday kicks off at 10.30am on 26 February. Echoing the gold, grandeur and glamour of Versailles: Treasures from the Palace, Sculpture Garden Sunday inspires people of all ages to get creative.

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Feeling plucky? Join the Canberra Symphony Orchestra in celebrating harp music through the ages – from Marie-Antoinette till now. Saturday 25 Feb, 2pm.

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Our Asian art galleries have been given a refresh—just in time for the National Multicultural Festival in Canberra this weekend—with many never-before-seen Chinese and Japanese works on display. Open now.

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Talk about friends with benefits! Become an NGA member-for-a-day with AccorHotels Canberra! Enjoy bubbles, bed & breakfast, and tour of Versailles: Treasures from the Palace, plus discounts and gifts. Oh la la!

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Louis XV had many mistresses. The first ‘official’ mistress was Madame De Pompadour. She had a penchant for gardening and a passion for flowers, politics and the king.

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‘Vivre sans aimer n’est pas proprement vivre/To live without loving is to not really live.' - Molière.

Happy Valentine's Day. Use the code NGAVALENTINE for 2-4-1 until 26 Feb.
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Artwork: Carle Van Loo , Madame de Pompadour as the ‘beautiful gardener’, 1754–55 © RMN-Grand Palais (Château de Versailles) / Gérard...
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"Madame, you love flowers, I have a bouquet for you" - Louis XVI, to Marie-Antoinette.

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Ramesh Nithiyendran's 'Mud Men' closes on Sunday 26 February. See new works from one of the hottest contemporary ceramicists in the country before it's too late.
Classical music, art and air con. Day sorted.
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Escape the heatwave in air-conditioned bliss. NGA Play is open 10am-5pm all weekend for free palace play.

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Love. Love. Love. Love is all you need.
See it on Level 1.
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Peckish? Moët & Chandon, coffee, pastries and macarons at the NGA Café. Tres Bon! Get a taste of France today, book exhibition tickets:[ Bit.ly Link ]

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Parliament's in. Power and politics of Versailles on now at the NGA.

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Image: Studio of Antoine Coypel, Louis XIV receiving the envoy from Persia in the Hall of Mirrors, 19 February 1715, after 1715 © RMN-Grand Palais (Château de Versailles) / Gérard Blot
We took an ‘Australian Journey’ today with Dr Susan Carland and Monash Uni for their cultural literacy documentaries. Sidney Nolan’s Ned Kelly series will be the hero of an upcoming episode.
J’Adore. Stuck for a Valentine’s gift? We have you covered. Bring your beaux to Versailles: Treasures from the Palace with 2-for-1 tickets. Use the code NGAVALENTINE between Feb 6-26 and treat your amore.
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