Fantastic response to Michelangelo

Michelangelo: The Exhibition, currently showing at the Burnie Regional Art Gallery, has been open to the public for a little over a week and the response so far has been extraordinary.

Gallery Director Geoff Dobson said, “The turnout of locals has been nothing short of fantastic, you can really sense how the local community is getting behind this huge venture.  People are also travelling from around the state to see the exhibition. In particular we have very high numbers of visitors from the Launceston region, as well as down south.”

“Two young history students from UTAS, Hobart, travelled up over the weekend to see the exhibition because they are just now studying the Renaissance period.”

The exhibition is also attracting interest from many interstate and international visitors.

 “In the first week of opening, we have had people from every Australian state and territory. We have also had several international visitors from Canada, USA, New Zealand, Switzerland, England, Scandinavia and Hong Kong,” Mr Dobson said.

The popularity of the 2014 exhibit, the Da Vinci Machines, has partly contributed to the success so far of Michelangelo: The Exhibition.

Burnie Mayor Anita Dow said, “The feedback we have been getting from visitors who saw the Da Vinci Machines exhibition is that they couldn’t wait to experience Michelangelo.”

“We are thrilled to be able to host such a world-class exhibition in Burnie, and it is wonderful to see how popular it has become in such a short period of time,” she said.

“The big draw card is of course the full size replica of the sculpture of David, which bowls everyone over by its sheer size of 5.14 metres.  Many of our visitors tell us they have seen the real thing in Florence but can’t remember it being this tall. Well, I can assure you our David is the same size as the original,” she said.

As of Monday 21 March the exhibition has attracted close to 1300 visitors.

The exhibition is open 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’Arte

For further information please contact

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