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Napoleon conquers Melbourne

12 Jun 2012

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You may have noticed the NGV has been transformed this month as it hosts its Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series, “Napoleon: Revolution to Empire.”

The Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series is the NGVs biggest exhibition for the year. The Napoleon display features 300 works that examine the French culture, art and lifestyle from the 1770s through to the 1820s.

NGV director Dr Gerard Vaughan said the exhibition was fitting of the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces collections.

“Napoleon: Revolution to Empire continues the tradition of spectacular NGV exhibitions which have become a winter highlight in Victoria’s cultural calendar,” Dr Vaughan said.

“This year visitors will be intrigued by the life of Napoleon, a man who held the world captive to his ambition. He had a vision of a united Europe, but a Europe controlled by France and united through conquest,” Dr Vaughan said.

“Napoleon is well known as a master military strategist; this exhibition reveals that he was also a passionate lover and dedicated patron of the arts, sciences and literature.”

The Premier and Minister for the Arts, Ted Baillieu, agreed.

“Now a well-established highlight of our major events calendar, the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series has set the benchmark for blockbuster exhibitions in this country. I’m pleased to welcome the latest instalment – Napoleon: Revolution to Empire,” Mr Baillieu said.

The exhibition opened on June 2 and runs until October 7.

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