Anthony d’Offay is here in Melbourne in association with the forthcoming Ron Mueck exhibition (22 January – 18 April 2010, NGV) and will present on the ARTIST ROOMS project.

For more than 40 years Anthony d’Offay has been one of the world’s leading art dealers and is recognized as one of Britain’s most generous philanthropists.  He began dealing in contemporary art in the late 1960s and moved his ground breaking gallery into its Dering Street premises in 1969.

ARTIST ROOMS is a new collection of international contemporary art which has been created through one of the largest and most imaginative gifts of art ever made to museums in Britain. The gift has been made by Anthony d’Offay, with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF), The Art Fund and the Scottish and British Governments. ARTIST ROOMS will be jointly owned and managed by National Galleries of Scotland and Tate on behalf of the nation.

The guiding principle for the creation of ARTIST ROOMS is the concept of individual rooms devoted to particular artists. The collection of 725 works comprises 50 rooms by 25 artists and includes major bodies of work by seminal figures such as Diane Arbus, Joseph Beuys, Vija Celmins, Gilbert & George, Damien Hirst, Anselm Kiefer, Jeff Koons, Jannis Kounellis, Robert Mapplethorpe, Bruce Nauman, Ed Ruscha and Andy Warhol. These are accompanied by an additional ten works by seven artists. Many of the rooms were conceived as specific installations by the artists themselves and have been assembled so that the work of important post-war artists can be seen and appreciated in depth.

The talk is on Friday 22 January at 10.15am (for a 10.30am start) in the Clemenger Auditorium, NGV International, to hear from one of the most influential figures in the contemporary art world.

NGV are not taking bookings for this event, and seating will be on a first come, first served basis.

If you have any queries regarding this talk, please contact Cherie McNair, Senior Exhibitions Coordinator (