Luma x NGV x MoMA

A night to remember

To celebrate the wrap of Ant-Man and The Wasp and Mary Poppins Returns, the Melbourne crew headed into the city for a night of champagne, canapes and a few hours alone with the likes of Andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo, Salvador Dali and many other notables who knew their way around a canvas.

Given vague instructions to gather at 6:15pm at the Arts Centre, the crew and their partners were ushered to the National Gallery of Victoria where they were greeted with glasses of bubbly and a string quartet.

After a few goblets of the right stuff it was into the gallery for a private after-hours tour of the NGVxMoMA exhibition - a showcase of 130 years of modern and contemporary art on loan from New York. There were two curators moving through the Luma peeps to give a bit of background on any pieces that might need a little explanation - Magritte’s The Portrait, for instance, was a painting on which many agreed you’d need a brain like a bagful of kaleidoscopes to understand, let alone come up with.

After the tour, everyone reconvened in the beautiful Garden Room Restaurant to restore the old tissues with some delicious nibbles and a few more drinks. Of course, the night led to heated debate as to what makes art, art—though we’re not quite sure if it was the champagne talking by that point.