Palace of Versailles comes to Canberra in big-ticket blockbuster that doesn't disappoint

By Paul Daley

Replete with Tina Arena's endorsement, the NGA's major exhibition showcases Versailles for what it was: an opulent excess, and a cracking yarn

If a word could encapsulate the experiential ambition of the National Gallery of Australia's new major exhibition – which brings to Canberra more than 130 pieces from the Palace of Versailles – it must surely be “immersive”.

Approaches to the institution “show” are fast evolving, thanks to digitisation and a growing introspection among public collectors, but, when it comes to the blockbuster gallery exhibition, Versailles: Treasures from the Palace may yet set a benchmark. This is an engagement (tactile, visual, aural – even olfactory) of sensibility; a big-ticket, mega-publicity exhibition replete with celebrity endorsement, whose curatorial tactics amplify an intriguing political, social and artistic story at its core.

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