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12 July 2018

In just one month, more than 100,000 people have streamed through the doors of the National Gallery of Victoria’s (NGV) Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art – making it one of the NGV’s top three fastest selling exhibitions of all time.

Exhibition image of MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art, 2018 on display at NGV International from 9 June – 7 October  Photo: Tom Ross

Tom, 2 is 100,000th visitor to MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art, which is on display at NGV International until 7 October. Photo: Eugene Hyland

El Anatsui 

Ghanaian born 1944
Bleeding Takari II 2007
aluminium and copper wire
393.7 x 576.6 cm
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Gift of Donald L. Bryant, Jr. and Jerry Speyer, 2008
© El Anatsui. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

The NGV today welcomed the exhibition’s lucky 100,000th visitor, 2-year-old Tom, who visited the gallery with him mum. Tom and the thousands of other visitors, have had the privilege of seeing more than 230 masterworks from New York’s famed Museum of Modern Art up close and personal. This is the first time most of these works have travelled to Australia and nearly half have never been shown outside of MoMA.

Melbourne’s cultural ties to New York City are also extending outside the walls of the National Gallery throughout the exhibition, with crowds flocking to the MEL&NYC Festival, which celebrates the best art, performance, comedy, film, food, ideas and live music both cities have to offer.

The Festival has so far featured sold out performances by comedian, writer and actress Ilana Glazer and musician Regina Spektor, while upcoming highlights include special events by guest chefs from acclaimed New York restaurants Momofuku and Four Horsemen, and a keynote by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Ronan Farrow.

The Victorian Government is a proud supporter of the MEL&NYC festival and MoMA at NGV – which is the largest Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series exhibition to date.

More than 5.7 million people from across Australia and the world have attended the Winter Masterpieces series since 2004, generating around half a billion dollars for the Victorian economy.

MoMA at NGV is showing at the National Gallery of Victoria International until 7 October.

Visit NGV for details