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A major art exhibition of masterpieces from MoMA will head to Melbourne

A major art exhibition featuring works from famed artists like Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko and Salvador Dalí will head to Melbourne, Australia in 2018.

Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923–1997) Drowning Girl, 1963 Oil and synthetic polymer paint on canvas 67 5/8 x 66 3/4" (171.6 x 169.5 cm) The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Philip Johnson Fund (by exchange) and gift of Mr. and Mrs. Bagley Wright
Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923–1997)
Drowning Girl, 1963
Oil and synthetic polymer paint on canvas
67 5/8 x 66 3/4″ (171.6 x 169.5 cm)
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Philip Johnson Fund (by exchange) and gift of Mr. and Mrs. Bagley Wright Image by © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein/Licensed by Viscopy, 2016

The National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne (NGV) is set to be the only international venue for an exhibition of art from the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. The exhibition will present art and design from famed artists including Paul Cézanne, Marcel Duchamp, Edward Hopper, Jeff Koons, Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian, Jackson Pollock, Lyubov Popova, and Vincent van Gogh.

While the exhibit will not begin until June 2018, it will feature about 150 works, some of which have never been seen before in Australia. The last time a MoMA exhibit was held at the NGV was 20 years ago, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

MoMA is famous for its collection of nearly 200,000 artworks, which includes such famed works as Van Gogh’s The Starry Night, Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans and more.

The display will see paintings and sculpture alongside drawings, prints, photographs, furniture, design objects, graphic design and architecture. It will also be the largest instalment of the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series, an annual series of exhibitions that has been running since 2004.

The display, entitled Masterworks from MoMA, will be open from 8 June to 7 October, 2018.