The National Gallery tells us why the Pre-Raphaelites are so ‘now’

Rose-scented beer, a black comedy, boho chic and an exhibition song list are among the ways the NGA has given the Pre-Raphaelites a contemporary spin for the exhibition, Love & Desire.
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John William Waterhouse, The Lady of Shalott 1888, oil on canvas, 153 x 200 cm, presented by Sir Henry Tate 1894, Tate, © Tate, London 2018.

There are plenty of flowing locks and flowing gowns in the National Gallery of Australia’s (NGA) Pre-Raphaelite exhibition Love & Desire, but then romance is always better when it’s highly staged.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina

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