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Van Gogh comes to Canberra

Canberra is pumping life back into the art exhibition scene as it plays host to one of the greatest collections of European paintings in the world at the National Gallery of Australia.

Vincent van Gogh. Sunflowers. 1888. © National Gallery, London

The exhibition

Botticelli to Van Gogh: Masterpieces from the National Gallery, London is an unprecedented exhibition that includes 500 years of art in 60 paintings and comprises the largest group of works ever to travel outside of Britain in the National Gallery’s 192-year history. 

Until June 2021, you can see it for yourself at the National Gallery of Australia.

Botticelli to Van Gogh features 55 of the world’s most famous and admired artists from the 15th to the turn of the 20th centuries, including Botticelli, Titian, Rembrandt, Vermeet, El Greco, Velázquez, Goya, Turner, Constable, Van Dyck, Gainsborough, Renoir, Cézanne, Gauguin and Van Gogh.

This exhibition explores seven key periods in Western European art history:

  • The Italian Renaissance
  • Dutch painting of the Golden Age
  • Van Dyck and British Portraiture
  • The Grand Tour
  • Spanish art from the 17th century
  • Landscape and the picturesque
  • Birth of modern art

Highlights include Rembrandt’s Self Portrait at the Age of 34 (1640), Vermeer’s A Young Woman seated at a Virginal (c. 1670), and Van Gogh’s Sunflowers (1888).

The accommodation 

To help you make the most of your stay in Canberra, a selection of Accor hotels are offering special ticket and accommodation packages.

With their COVID-safe procedures and policies, Accor hotels offer you peace of mind for your Australian holidays as well as a selection of hotels to suit all tastes and budgets. 

Tenele Conway of Mercure Canberra says the exhibition couldn’t come at a better time. “Since travel to London to see these great works of art is not an option, the National Gallery of Australia is bringing London to Canberra,” she says.

Stay at participating hotels in Canberra with Accor’s exclusive Cultural Getaway Package. Packages start at $159 and include overnight accommodation, breakfast and tickets to the exhibition. Accor Plus members enjoy an additional 10% discount.

Accor’s hotels are conveniently located within minutes’ drive to the National Gallery of Australia. Choose from the following:

  • Novotel Canberra – a 4-star hotel in the city centre, 10mins’ from the National Gallery
  • Mercure Canberra – a 4-star historic hotel in the heart of Canberra, 10mins from the National Gallery
  • Ibis Styles Canberra – a 3-star hotel located at Narrabundah in Canberra’s south, 15mins from the National Gallery and great for the budget-conscious
  • Ibis Styles Canberra Tall Trees – a 3-star hotel located at Ainslie in Canberra’s north, 15mins from the National Gallery and great for the budget-conscious
  • Ibis Styles Canberra Eaglehawk – a 3-star hotel located just across the ACT border in Sutton, NSW, 25mins from the National Gallery and great for the budget-conscious

Book today and secure your preferred visit. E-tickets to the exhibition will be provided upon arrival to the hotel.

Only in Canberra until June 2021.

The National Gallery of Australia is open daily, 10am – 5pm (Final session at 3:30pm, timed entry exhibition).

For further information, visit the Accor website.