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Love & Desire: Pre-Raphaelite Masterpieces from the Tate opens 14 December

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An exhibition for the romantics and the nature lovers – including for the first time in Australia, John Everett Millais' 'Ophelia' and John WIlliam Waterhouse's 'The Lady of Shalott' together – 'Love & Desire: Pre-Raphaelite Masterpieces from the Tate' opens today 10am. Tickets – link in bio.

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FACEBOOK LIVE 6PM TONIGHT: Dr Carol Jacobi, Curator of British Art 1850 – 1915, @tate discusses the work and lives of the Pre-Raphaelites found in 'Love & Desire'. Exhibition opens tomorrow! Link in bio.

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'There are no rules. That is how art is born, how breakthroughs happen. Go against the rules or ignore the rules. That is what invention is about.' Helen Frankenthaler was born #otd 1928.

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Image: Helen Frankenthaler, NGA Kenneth Tyler Collection


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We've entered the rebellious and revolutionary world of the ground-breaking Pre-Raphaelites. 'Love & Desire: Pre-Raphaelite Masterpieces from the @Tate' opens 10am Friday 14 December. Link in bio.

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Work: John Everett Millais 'Ophelia' 1851-52' Presented by Sir Henry Tate 1894, Tate, © Tate, London 2018


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Robert Klippel's 'Number 751' rests in the cool shade of the trees in our Sculpture Garden. His intuitive vision and enduring faith in the power of the imagination led him to abandon art school and the constraints of traditional formal training in favour of experiencing the ideas of art through his own self-directed investigations, and to become one of Australia's greatest modern sculptors.

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Work: Robert Klippel 'Number 751' 1989


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@jeffkoons appropriates one of the oldest human forms – the Palaeolithic terracotta 'Venus of Dolní Věstonice', which has been revealed to include a child's fingerprint dating back nearly 30,000 years. Koons riffs on the idea of childhood curiosity, creating a twisted balloon version of the prehistoric female form. Now in 'Bodies of art', LG, open 10am – 5pm, FREE. Link in bio.

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Work: Jeff Koons 'Balloon Venus Dolni Vestonice (Yellow)' 2018 Collection Steven Alexander Nasteski, Sydney


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Artist and environmental activist, Mavis Ngallametta, is internationally renowned in the field of weaving, but also started painting in 2006. Her large canvases chart the north-west coast of the Cape York Peninsula in Queensland with ochre from her home, Aurukun. She is a master colourist, or alchemist of sorts, and she'll transport you to the richness of her natural environment in our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander galleries, open 10am – 5pm on Level 1, FREE.

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Image: Mavis Ngallametta 'Yalgamulchen #2' 2012


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John Brett, born #otd 1831, became a student at the @royalacademyarts in 1853, where he was inspired by the #preraphaelites. While in the Swiss Alps, he met John William Inchbold, and was moved – 'there and then I saw I had never painted in my life, but only fooled and slopped, and thenceforward attempted in a reasonable way to paint all I could see'. Find Brett's luminous landscapes in 'Love & Desire' from 14 December. Link in bio.

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Image: John Brett 'Glacier of Rosenlaui' 1856 © Tate, London 2018


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'One of the most important things about art is that artists give us a view of the world, and if you can help share their views of the world, I think you make the world a richer place.' @nickmitzevich, NGA Director will share his passion for art education at the National Visual Arts Education Conference 21–23 January. For Australian art educators, this is a conference not to be missed. Register today –

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In Hamlet, Ophelia's brother Laertes refers to his sister as a rose. A single, soft pink rose symbolises love, grace and innocence.

Ahead of the opening of 'Love & Desire: Pre-Raphaelite Masterpieces from the Tate' next week, @thedesignfiles uncover the hidden symbology of flowers found within John Everett Millais' 'Ophelia'. Through a series of carefully constructed still life photographs, they illuminate some of the powerful stories embedded in these remarkable paintings. Every painting tells a story. See stories for more.

Credits: @evegwilson @stephanie_somebody @lucy.feagins @ashleysimonetto

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@tate's Pre-Raphaelite masterpieces have landed in Canberra. These works are rarely lent and most have never been seen in Australia before. Not long to wait now, 'Love & Desire' opens 10am Friday 14 December. Link in bio.

#lovedesire @visitcanberra #preraphaelite #tate #nationalgalleryaus #preraphaelites

Image: Art handlers at Tate Britain prepare the Pre-Raphaelites for transport to the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra