Five facts about getting the Met Masterpieces exhibition to Brisbane

Was it a coup? How did these paintings travel during COVID? What was the bill? We dive into the details behind QAGOMAs show-stopping blockbuster from the iconic New York institution.

‘This exhibition of European Masterpieces is one of the most significant of Western painting ever to travel to Australia, and the finest to be seen in Queensland,’ said Chris Saines, Director Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), to a huddle of eager journalists.

The rollcall of artists it includes, and their 65 ‘priceless’ works – as described by Arts Minister Leeanne Enoch, and each with multi-million dollar pricetags – unquestionably comprise the canon of Western art history charted across a massive 500-year trajectory.

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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