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Bonsai and penjing, created by artists from around Australia, form the first
garden of the Canberra International Arboretum and Gardens.
This permanent display offers a mix of exotic and native trees displayed
in an open air pavilion in the heart of Canberra.
• See the new trees from Victoria: banksias, English elms, smooth-barked apple and more;
• Enjoy the rich green of miniature tree canopies and feel relief from the brown and
searing heat of summer;
• Imagine walking in a forest of Montezuma cypress along the Gulf of Mexico.
Where: Located in the rear of the Cottage near Stage 88 in Commonwealth Park Canberra.
Open: 7 days 10am 'till 3pm. (CLOSED: Christmas Day).
See website for map of location within Commonwealth Park. For GPS use Regatta Place or Barrine Drive, Parkes ACT.
Free Admission Parking at Regatta Point (Regatta Place, Parkes ACT)
NATIONAL BONSAI AND PENJING
COLLECTION OF AUSTRALIA
No artist in history appears to have
been as skilled and disturbed as
Vincent van Gogh. His name is now
synonymous with famous artworks and a
style that has influenced generations, but
in his own time he was an unrecognised
genius burdened with talent.
Throughout his short life, Van Gogh
varied his style and subjects as different
art movements and artists influenced
him. In early 1888 he was constantly
preoccupied with the representation of
'night effects'. He confided to the painter
Emile Bernard, "But when shall I ever
paint the Starry Sky, this painting that
keeps haunting me?"
In September of 1888, he finally
realised his obsessive project. Van Gogh
created a series of night time paintings
-- the first featured a corner of nocturnal
sky in Cafe Terrace on the Place du Forum,
Next came a view of the Rhône in
which he mar vellously transcribed the
colours he perceived in the dark. Starry
Night over the Rhone is one of Van Gogh's
most famous pieces in which rich colours
prevail. Within this painting, the city gas
lights glimmer intensely and are reflected
in the water, and the stars sparkle like
Towards the end of 1888, the first signs
of Van Gogh's mental illness began to take
hold. He suffered psychotic attacks and
delusions and is believed to have suffered
from temporal lobe epilepsy as well as
other mental and physical conditions.
In May 1889, after an apparent acute
attack of epilepsy, the famous Dutch
DRAMATIC: Starry Night over the Rhone
(1888) is just one painting in Van Gogh's
remarkable night time series.
Masterpieces from Paris showcases the explosive arrival of modern art in Europe by the most
influential painters, including the troubled and talented Van Gogh. By Joni Scanlon
Genius on display
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