Doors ready to open for Michelangelo: The Exhibition

After more than a year’s preparation, the Burnie Regional Art Gallery will open its doors for Michelangelo: The Exhibition on Saturday 12 March at 10 am.

Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475 – 1564), was one of the greatest artists that sprung from the Italian Renaissance. Michelangelo thought of himself first and foremost as a sculptor but he was also a brilliant painter, architect and scholar. His was regarded as a genius in his own life time, due to his incredible ability to singlehanded make large scale works of art such as the Statue of David, and perhaps his most famous work; the fresco paintings in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican, Rome.

Michelangelo: The Exhibition was delivered to the Burnie Regional Art Gallery in December last year. Since then the exhibition has been kept in storage until earlier this week, when Luigi Rizzo, Director & CEO of Artisans of Florence, joined the team at the Gallery.

Burnie Regional Art Gallery Director Geoff Dobson said, “After month of preparations we are finally ready to open this wonderful exhibition. This week has been very exciting, as we have finally been able to unpack and inspect the contents in the crates.”

Burnie City Council Mayor Anita Dow said, “We are thrilled to be able to offer this exhibition to the people of Burnie, the North West Coast and Tasmania. This exhibition is truly world-class, so we are honoured to not only be the premiere host for its Australasian tour, but also the only Tasmanian gallery to host it.”

“I am certain it will be just as popular as the Da Vinci Machines which Burnie hosted in 2014, which was produced by the same company, “ she said.

“People will have the opportunity to learn about the life and works of Michelangelo, thanks to the wonderful volunteers from the Friends of the Gallery who will be available during the whole exhibition period. They will be available in the Gallery as roaming guides, offering information and explanations about the exhibits.”

The exhibition is divided into five sections that reveal all of Michelangelo’s fields of practice and features several full-scale replicas of sculptures, as well as reliefs made from the casts of Michelangelo's original statues. These sculptures are made from casts taken in the 19th century before the practice of cast making from original master pieces was banned in Italy in 1865.

The exhibition also includes several full scale copies of frescoes from the Sistine Chapel, as well as large prints showing his architectural masterpiece - the dome of the St Peter’s Cathedral in Rome.

Visitors to Burnie will also have a unique opportunity to view a full size replica of David, which is not included in the Australia-wide tour. Due to its size, this impressive statue has been placed in the gallery’s courtyard, which has undergone a magical transformation thanks to a mural by Burnie artist Catherine Shield, which shows a scene, set in the early 16th century from Michelangelo’s home town of Florence.

Burnie Regional Art Gallery is the premiere and only Tasmanian venue to host this exhibition before it embarks on its national tour of Australia. However, thanks to generous support from community minded groups, enterprises and private donors the statue of David will remain in Burnie.

The exhibition is open from Saturday 12 March until Sunday 22 May, 2016. Opening hours are between 10.00am and 4.30pm daily. Entrance fees apply.

Produced by the Artisans of Florence- International, in collaboration with The Niccolai Group and Muri Dell’Art.

For further information please contact

Janine Phillips
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
03 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728