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his season, the Art Gallery of
Western Australia (AGWA)
launches an exhibition series in
conjunction with the Museum
of Modern Art, New York. Pioneered by
Dr Stefano Carboni, the AGWA director,
it begins with Picasso to Warhol: Fourteen
Modern Masters, which will feature work
by the likes of Picasso, Matisse, Mondrian,
Duchamp, Pollock and Warhol. We spoke
with Stefano about the coup.
How did you broker the deal with MoMA?
I knew Glenn Lowry, the director,
relatively well. He also comes from an
Islamic art background, and in a way he
had been mentoring me when I was in New
York [based at The Metropolitan Museum
of Art]. Shortly after I arrived in Perth,
I initiated the idea of an exhibition from
MoMA as part of the Great Collections of the
World series, and he was very receptive.
A couple of years later I visited him,
and we discussed it in more detail. It
was actually Glenn who suggested we do
something bigger – much to my alarm and
delight – because one exhibition from New
York is something big, but six is the biggest
ever undertaking by AGWA.
Tell us about the appeal of the artworks.
Looking just at the first exhibition, this
includes iconic works by 14 of the most
important artists of the 20th century.
Most people will be familiar with them.
No question. Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s
Soup Cans and Picasso’s Seated Bather –
these are images most people would have
seen before. I believe this provides an
opportunity to open up the gallery to a
whole new audience.
Do you think it will attract audiences from
interstate and overseas? That’s what we
hope. If we – along with local institutions
such as the opera, ballet and museum – can
deliver at a higher standard, visitors will be
more inclined to spend time in Perth before
going on to places like Margaret River and
the Kimberley region.
What other cultural events will support
the show? This isn’t just about going to
see wonderful art. We are trying to be
more dynamic. During the exhibition,
Perth has stolen the heart of New York – at least
in a cultural sense – with six exclusive exhibitions
from the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
showing here over the next three years
Interio r with a Violin Case (1918-19), Henri Matisse,
oil on canvas, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Spider (1939), Alexander Calder, painted sheet aluminum,
steel rod, and steel wire, The Museum of Modern Art,
New York. INSETAGWA director Dr Stefano Carboni.
WORDS Jessica Matthews
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