Masterworks from MoMA in Melbourne
Enjoy an exclusive private viewing of outstanding works of modern art direct from New York’s celebrated Museum of Modern Art, together with visits to four distinctive Victorian galleries, situated in Melbourne, the Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula.
In an international exclusive, in 2018 the National Gallery of Victoria will present an unmissable collection of modern masterpieces from MoMA. The exhibition will feature works by Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Marcel Duchamp, Salvador Dalí, Edward Hopper, Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jeff Koons, Pablo Picasso and Vincent Van Gogh. Avoid the exhibition crowds in a private, after-hours viewing of this renowned art collection, specially organised by Renaissance Tours.
Also spend a day at the Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, and TarraWarra Museum in the picturesque Yarra Valley, and journey to the Mornington Peninsula, visiting the McClelland Sculpture ParkPark, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery and the newly-opened Point Leo Estate, where the Gandel family’s extraordinary collection of contemporary sculpture is displayed against the backdrop of sea, vines, cattle and gardens.
This tour is part of the World Art Tours program organised by the Art Gallery Society of NSW in partnership with Renaissance Tours.
Suggested arrival in Melbourne in the early afternoon. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your travel arrangements.
Make your way to the hotel and check in. In the evening, enjoy a guided visit to the Anna Schwartz Gallery with cocktails and canapés, before a special welcome dinner with Brian and fellow travellers.
In the morning, travel up the Yarra Valley to the TarraWarra Museum of Art, one of Australia’s most significant private art collections open to the public. The museum was established by Eva and Marc Besen in 2000 as a way of sharing with the world the extensive collection of Modernist and contemporary artworks which they had been amassing since the 1950s, and its present site was opened in 2003.
Continue to Heide Museum of Modern Art for lunch, followed by a guided tour of the museum. Established in 1981 in a farmhouse dating back to the 1870s, Heide lies within 6.5 hectares of heritage gardens and a sculpture park, and exhibits works ranging from Expressionism to abstract and contemporary art. Explore the museum and grounds at your leisure before returning to Melbourne in the late afternoon.
In the evening, enjoy a performance by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra of Berlioz’s L’enfance du Christ, with mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke as Maria and Sir Andrew Davis conducting.
The morning and early afternoon are at leisure to enjoy the delights of Melbourne on a Saturday. Why not go for a stroll through the city’s historic laneways, do some shopping and have lunch in one of the many enticing restaurants?
In the late afternoon, enjoy a talk by Brian on the masterworks you are about to see, and then proceed to the National Gallery of Victoria (International) for an exclusive private viewing in the evening, after the gallery is closed to the public. Stroll at leisure amongst the magnificent works of Modernist and contemporary art directly from New York’s Museum of Modern Art. With works encompassing paintings, prints, sculpture and photography, and artists including Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Marcel Duchamp, Salvador Dalí, Edward Hopper, Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jeff Koons, Pablo Picasso and Vincent Van Gogh, this is sure to be one of the highlights of Melbourne’s cultural calendar for 2018 – and tonight our group will have it all to ourselves!
Today, travel south to the Mornington Peninsula, which encloses Port Phillip Bay and separates it from Bass Strait, and whose art institutions reflect its distinctive natural environment. In the morning, enjoy a guided tour of the McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery, one of Australia’s most significant outdoor sculpture collections.
After lunch at McClelland Café, continue to the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery. Established in 1971, MPRG has a diverse collection of traditional and contemporary artwork, with a focus on the coastal artwork that is such an important feature of Australian art. Then visit newly-opened Point Leo Estate, a major addition to the cultural life of the region, where the Gandel family’s ever-growing collection of contemporary sculpture is displayed across a 135-hectare landscape of vineyards, cattle and sweeping coastal visas.
Return to Melbourne in the evening for a special farewell dinner with Brian and fellow travellers.
Tour arrangements conclude after breakfast.
For those departing Melbourne today, Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your travel arrangements.
*Single travellers may request to share.
Please advise at time of booking.
Final payment due
30 April 2018
Please see booking conditions for fitness level definitions.
Please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for current airfares and flight reservations.
Tour price includes
- Accommodation in a centrally located 5 star hotel with breakfast daily (B)
- Meals as per itinerary (L = Lunch, D = Dinner), including wines with dinner
- Exclusive private viewing of the Masterworks of MoMA collection at the National Gallery of Victoria
- Pre-viewing talk by your tour leader, Brian Ladd
- Premium ticket for Berlioz’s L’enfance du Christ performed by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
- Comprehensive sightseeing including local guides and entrance fees as per itinerary
- Transportation throughout on comfortable air-conditioned coaches
- Gratuities for local guides and drivers
- Hotel porterage (one piece per person)
Tour price does not include
- Airfares (please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)
- Airport/hotel transfers on tour arrival and departure
- Airport porterage
- Items of a personal nature, including telephone, laundry, taxis, minibar, room service etc.
- Travel insurance (a condition of travel; please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)
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