Catherine the Great at National Gallery Of Victoria supported by International Exhibitions Insurance program

31 July 2015

Today I announce that one of the world’s greatest art collections Masterpieces from the Hermitage: The Legacy of Catherine the Great will go on show at the National Gallery of Victoria, supported by the Australian Government International Exhibitions Insurance program.

Drawn from Catherine the Great’s collection at the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg the exhibition will present over 400 individual pieces including paintings, drawings, sculptures and decorative objects from the 16th to 18th Century.

This is the first time many of these works have visited Australia and the exhibition presents a rare cultural opportunity for Australian audiences to see artworks by some of history’s most significant artists including Rembrandt, Rubens, Velázquez and Van Dyck.

The Australian Government is committed to providing opportunities for Australian audiences to access high quality arts and cultural experiences. Through the International Exhibitions Insurance program the Australian Government gives the public access to significant cultural material to which they would not otherwise have access by supporting the insurance costs of major international exhibitions.

Since 2011 the Australian Government has supported the insurance costs of 19 major exhibitions enabling Australian audiences to experience $6 billion worth of cultural treasures.

Masterpieces from the Hermitage: The Legacy of Catherine the Great is a collaboration between Art Exhibitions Australia, the State Hermitage Museum and the National Gallery of Victoria.

The National Gallery of Victoria is the first institution to be approved under the Australian Government’s Protection of Cultural Objects on Loan scheme. As an approved borrowing institution the gallery is able to offer protection from seizure and suit for cultural objects on loan from overseas for temporary public exhibition in Australia.

Find out more about the Australian Government International Exhibitions Insurance program and the Protection of Cultural Objects on Loan scheme at http://arts.gov.au/collections.