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Friday Nights at Monet's Garden

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Spend Friday nights this winter with an Impressionist master
While there's a certain allure about the idea of spending Melbourne's winter Friday nights propped up at a cosy bar with drink in hand or curled up with a good book, this winter you may want to reassess your options. How about spending Friday Nights at Monet's Garden instead? As part of the National Gallery's landmark winter exhibition, Monet's Garden, you can spend Friday evenings from 5 July to 6 September in the company of the most popular of the great Impressionist painters, and the garden that inspired him.

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Image from NGV website.

Even if you're not a connoisseur of fine art you probably know Monet. He's the man with the really bushy beard, co-founder of the Impressionist artistic movement and original painter of those beautiful but ubiquitous water lilies, whose bad reproduction prints so often adorn the walls of places like dental surgeries. But please don't let that put you off. Monet's canon of work is amongst the most loved in the history of art, and with good reason. And trust me, the real water lilies paintings are exquisitely beautiful.

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Would you spend Friday nights with this man? Photograph of Claude Monet by Gaspard-Felix Tournachon Nadar. Image from NGV website.

[ADVERT]Every Friday from 5 July to 6 September at NGV you can not only enjoy the exclusive exhibition of Monet's work, you can partake of some sensational food, listen to musical offerings by DJs and top class bands, have a drink or two, and learn something at a number of pop-up talks.

Bands and musicians who will be strutting their stuff include Brisbane music legend Robert Forster (12 July), Brisbane roots / rock band Halfway (9 August), Melbourne indie band Brighter Later (2 August), folk / pop artist Vance Joy (opening the season on 5 July), and indie rock band Good Heavens (26 July).

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Indie rock group Good Heavens performing on Friday 26 July. Image from NGV website.

The bar will be open in the Great Hall for liquid refreshments with a distinct French twist and if you're feeling peckish you can try out The Gallery Kitchen for a light meal or The Tea Room. for a special bistro supper menu including a glass of wine, as well as coffee or tea.

When: Friday evenings from 5 July to 6 September from 5.30pm to 9.30pm.
Where: National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Road Melbourne.
Cost: $28 adults, $23 for members and $10 for children. Price includes entry to the exhibition. Food and drinks are available for purchase.
Bookings: Phone (03) 8662 1555 between 10am and 5pm any day.

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Waterlilies (Nymphéas) (1903) by Claude Monet

So, if anyone wants to know how to contact you on Friday evenings through winter, just tell them you'll be spending the night with Monet.
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Why? Because Monet plus music is magic.
When: Friday evenings from 5 July to 6 September
Phone: (03) 8620 2431
Where: NGV, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne.
Cost: $28 adults, $23 members, $10 children.
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