18 August 2017
Latrobe Regional Gallery in Morwell was formally reopened yesterday following a major refurbishment and will launch an Australian exclusive exhibition on René Magritte this coming weekend.
Established in 1971, Latrobe Regional Gallery is one of the largest public galleries in eastern Victoria. Housing seven gallery spaces and a sculpture courtyard, the gallery manages collections of regional and national significance, with more than 1400 works including the Allan Aldous Collection of Asian art and the Colin Suggett Sculpture Collection.
Latrobe Regional Gallery was closed to the public from February to mid-July for the refurbishment project, funded by the Victorian Government through the Latrobe Valley Authority, with support from the Latrobe City Council.
The gallery received a dramatic facelift including an upgrade of the building façade, foyer and entrance; enhanced lighting and accessibility; and improvements to storage, security and climate control systems.
On Saturday, the newly refurbished gallery will open its most ambitious exhibition to date, René Magritte: The Revealing Image, Photos and Films.
The exhibition, a collaboration with the Magritte Foundation Belgium, will include 132 original photographs and eight films by this signature 20th-century artist, not seen in Australia before. Discovered in the mid-1970s, more than ten years after the painter’s death, they offer a rare insight into Magritte’s world and a new understanding of his approach to painting.
René Magritte: The Revealing Image, Photos and Films will be on show at Latrobe Regional Gallery from 19 August - 19 November 2017.