The Gallery's current exhibition is Radiance: The Neo-Impressionists. I have to admit a certain bias here as the dreamy yet vibrant landscapes and muted portraits of the neo-impressionists are among my favourite artistic works. The exhibition showcases the colourful works of Neo-Impressionism's founders and most famous exponents, Georges Seurat and Paul Signac. Other artists represented include Henri-Edmond Cross, Maximilien Luce, Théo Van Russelberghe and my personal favourite, Camille Pissarro.
Until March 2013 you can revel in the light, colour and poetry of these delightful works and then top it off with a specially created high tea in the Tea Room - Radiance High Tea. We're not just talking crustless cucumber sandwiches and the occasional scone here. The food on offer is a selection of savoury and sweet sensations hand made by the tea room's very talented pastry chefs. Your Radiance package can be bought with or without a glass of the bubbly stuff but surely the whole experience will be better with some fine bubbles tickling your nose while the delectable dishes tickle your tastebuds.
When: Until Sunday 17 March 2013. Where: The Tea Room, Level One, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne Cost: Radiance High Tea package $51 (without sparkling) or $61 (with sparkling) This special offer includes entry to the Radiance: The Neo-Impressionists exhibition, together with high tea in The Tea Room. To purchase this offer you need to contact The Tea Room before the date of your visit. Contact: By phone on (03) 8620 2431 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can still indulge your culinary curiosity with this special high tea without attending the exhibition, but advanced bookings are suggested.
Saint-Tropez, the cemetery road 1892 (Saint-Tropez, la route du cimetière). Painting by Maximilien Luce. Image from NGV website
If you're unfamiliar with the works and raison d'être of the Neo-Impressionists you can read about the exhibition in Gen Wilson's article or on the National Gallery of Victoria website. It's fun to note that one of the Neo-Impressionists' most famous works, the pointillist composition, Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, by Georges Seurat features in the famous Chicago Art Institute scene from Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Watch it below and get lost in the dots.