Painting masterpieces scream 'Vive la France'
WITH a selection of more than 100 paintings, posters, prints and drawings never before showcased in Australia, Toulouse-Lautrec: Paris & the Moulin Rouge will feature masterpieces by acclaimed French post-Impressionist painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
The major retrospective exhibition will trace Toulouse-Lautrec's career from his earliest works to his colourful later depictions of the highs and lows of the 19th Century Parisian social scene.
Toulouse-Lautrec is most famous for his behind-the-scenes paintings of Degas ballet dancers and Moulin Rouge can-can dancers and his individualist style enabled him to uniquely capture the colour and movement of the gaudy Parisian night-life, stripped of glamour.
Art aficionados can enhance their rendezvous and make a trip out of the occasion, with a stay at Crowne Plaza Canberra, located just a few minutes' drive from the National Gallery of Australia.
To glorify the arrival of the exhibition, Crowne Plaza Canberra will launch a Toulouse-Lautrec Package, including overnight standard-room accommodation, parking, and two adult tickets to the exhibition (valued at $25 each), all from $225 per night*.
The Toulouse-Lautrec Package is valid for stays from December 14, 2012 to April 2, 2013 and can be booked from October 17, 2012 to April 2, 2013.
Crowne Plaza Canberra's head chef Lewis Taylor, a French-trained member of the International Association for Executive Chefs Les Toques Blanches, will develop a Français-inspired menu for Redsalt Restaurant with delicacies including goat's cheese soufflé with Forelle pear, roasted duck breast with confit leg with potato fondant and spinach juniper jus and chocolate profiterole cake served with Grande Marnier sauce Anglaise.
Other French-derived tastebud delights available at Redsalt Restaurant include croissants, baguettes, macarons and pain au chocolat.
Crowne Plaza Canberra will play soft French music during the weekends in the hotel's foyer throughout the exhibition for added Parisian culture ambience.
During the exhibition period, the hotel will also display Iris flowers - the national flower of France - in the hotel's light-filled atrium.
To ensure guests get the most out of their soiree, the hotel's helpful concierge team will sell untimed exhibition tickets at the front desk, and will offer exhibition maps, brochures and guides.