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  1. Exterior of Bendigo Art Gallery
    Photograph: Leon Schoots
  2. Interior of  Paris: Impressions of Life 1880–1925 exhibition
    Photograph: Leon Schoots
  3. Fashion of Paris: Impressions of Life 1880–1925 exhibition
    Photograph: Leon Schoots

Bendigo Art Gallery's new exhibition will transport you to the streets of Paris in its golden period

Experience a taste of France in the thriving arts and culture city of Bendigo

By Saskia Morrison-Thiagu for Time Out in association with Bendigo Art Gallery
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Bendigo is the cultural capital of Victoria – there we said it. This satellite city snuggled between Castlemaine and Echuca is brimming with world-class arts and culture, thriving creative communities, historic landmarks and top-notch dining and drinking. 

One place that's undoubtedly full of culture and is guaranteed to spoil your senses is Bendigo Art Gallery. The venue is one of Australia's oldest and largest regional galleries. In addition to its impressive permanent collection of Australian artists (among them Bill Henson, Patricia Piccinini and Emily Kame Kngwarreye), the gallery has become well-known for hosting major travelling exhibitions.

Paris: Impressions of Life 1880-1925 is a temporary exhibition taking over the Bendigo Art Gallery until July 14, and it features more than 170 works of art and artisan objects. You'll feel like you're walking through the once thriving artist's community of Montmartre, where some of the great artists of the 19th and 20th century lived and worked.  

Known as the Belle Époque, the late 1800s and early 1900s was a period of great cultural and artistic development in France. During this time, many artists like Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh came to Paris and created some of their most famous works.

As part of the exclusive exhibition you can tour seven themed pathways and discover markets, public gardens, couture and street signs, plus landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, the Seine and the Champs-Élysées. You'll also see artworks by prominent artists of the time including Jean Béraud, Maurice Utrillo, Paul Signac and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (who was best known for his atmospheric prints of Parisian life).

Vintage prints from Paris: Impressions of Life 1880–1925 exhibition
Photograph: Leon Schoots

The exhibition is exclusive to Bendigo and has been organised by the Musée Carnavalet, which is dedicated to showcasing the history of Paris. The museum was founded in 1866 to document the city during a rapid period of modernisation and is now home to more than 620,000 works of art and artefacts. 

Paris: Impressions of Life 1880-1925 is on now until July 14 at Bendigo Art Gallery, with prices ranging from $15-$30. To find out more and to purchase tickets for this exclusive exhibition, head to the website here

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