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THE CULTURAL FOUNDATION AND VISUAL ARTS

In conjunction with our Cultural Foundation, the Alliance Française de Sydney regularly organises art events, openings, artists’ talks and exhibitions at the Media Centre. The Media Centre is located on level one of the building and hosts approximately 10 exhibitions per year showcasing the work of local artists.

2020 Visual Arts Events

  • VIRTUAL TOUR: LE LOUVRE
    Available on an ongoing basis
    Online Virtual Tour
    Available on an ongoing basis
    Online Virtual Tour
    Discover the world's largest art museum and a historic monument in Paris with this virtual tour of its exhibition rooms and galleries! See artworks from masters like Delacroix, Rembrandt or Tintoretto or the collections from the Pharaonic period displayed on the east side of the Sully wing.
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  • VIRTUAL TOUR: MUSÉE D'ORSAY
    Availible on an ongoing basis
    Online Virtual Tour
    Availible on an ongoing basis
    Online Virtual Tour
    Experience this important cultural landmark and its beautiful collections, completely online! The museum is hosting the virtual exhibition "From Station to the Renovated Musée" as well as several collections of Oil paint, Canvas, Modern Art, Impressionism and Post Impressionism.
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  • VINCENT VAN GOGH
    Fri, Oct 23
    Zoom conference
    Oct 23, 2020, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
    Zoom conference
    If you are planning to visit or have already experienced the multi-sensory blockbuster exhibition Van Gogh Alive, or simply wish to learn more about this legendary painter, this online conferences is for you.
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  • INTERVIEW WITH THE CREATOR OF THE VAN GOGH ALIVE
    Thu, Oct 22
    Zoom conference
    Oct 22, 2020, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
    Zoom conference
    Meet the Founder and CEO of GrandeExhibitions, Bruce Peterson, in a live interview with Marie Chrétien, Vice President of Alliance Française Sydney, and discover the story of this unique Australian company.
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  • MATISSE & PICASSO
    Thu, May 28
    Video conference Webinar
    May 28, 2020, 1:00 PM – Jun 05, 2020, 2:00 PM
    Video conference Webinar
    Marie Chrétien (Master of Art at Sydney University) returns with another powerful and insightful installement of her art lecture Matisse and Picasso.
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  • FROM TOULOUSE TO SYDNEY
    Wed, May 13
    Online Exhibition
    May 13, 2020, 12:00 PM
    Online Exhibition
    Nicolas Teulier is a French expat who fell in love with Australia, its people and its beaches 8 years ago. His photography exhibition (which is part of Head On Festival) will be available via a catalogue.
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2019 HIGHLIGHTS

At the beginning of 2019, we hosted a special event to coincide with the summer blockbuster exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW; Masters of modern art from the Hermitage. Taking place at the gallery lecture hall, Assistant curator of European art Anne Gérard-Austin introduced some key works and provided an insightful glimpse into the process of research and curation.

In addition, we were delighted to host a beautiful exhibition of contemporary Australian Indigenous Art which occupied all floors of the Alliance Française de Sydney, curated by founder of Everywhere Arts and arts educator Benedicte Belzung. The Land is Talking...through the voice of Australian Aboriginal Artists included an opening ceremony with a special performance by Northern Territory artist Barayuwa Munƞgurr and guided visits throughout the month of December offered in both French and English.

Another standout exhibition included the photographic works of artist Craig Holmes, presented in partnership with Head On Photo Festival, displayed at the Alliance Française de Sydney Media Centre during the month of May. These consisted of an evocative series of black and white photographs presenting a unique insight into the daily rituals of Parisians travelling to and from work.

Other highlights includes the talk Monet Impressionism presented by Sydney University graduate and Francis Stuart Prize recipient Marie Chrétien. This lively discussion uncovered the enigma surrounding the iconic and pioneering painting Impression, Soleil levant by Claude Monet, which was recently exhibited at the National Gallery of Australia. Marie returned for a second time to deliver her fascinating talk Matisse and Picasso which explored the dynamic and porous relationship between these two pioneering artists ahead of the exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia.

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