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National Gallery of Australia


This gallery museum was created through the efforts of an Australian painter named Tom Roberts who sought the assistance of a number of Prime Ministers of Australia for the acquisition of Australian arts collections. Among the first collections were a variety of portraits of Australian Parliament leaders. Later on, landscape acquisitions were made such as the Allegro con brio and the Bourke St. West , which were initially displayed at the State Gallery and the Parliament House.

The NGA's 20 th century building now existing is that of the Brutalist style characterized by raw and brush hammered concrete surfaces and angular masses and of a triangular geometry. The building itself is an interesting architectural design for many visitors through its floor tile design, its coffered ceiling grids, and the triangular geometry that is emphasized throughout the building columns, stairs and other elements. At present, the interior design was made flexible for artwork display, which is now made of painted wood.

There are three floors in the gallery and each of the galleries inside is spacious. The bottom level originally houses a number of sculptures but is now used as the Gallery of Asian Arts Collections. The principal gallery displays the European and American Arts or properly called as the Gallery of Indigenous Australia and International. The top floor has smaller galleries, which consist of Australian Arts. Among the areas of collections in the NGA are: The Australian prints, The Aboriginal memorial, Indian Arts, Indonesian textiles, Tyler Collection, the TT Tsui collection of Chinese Ceramics, and the Provenance Research Project.

The National Gallery of Australia is open from 10 am to 5 pm daily except on Christmas day. There is no general admission fee though certain special exhibitions may require admission fees.

In 1967, it was established by the Government of Australia as a national public art gallery. Now, the National Gallery of Australia holds over 120,000 works of art . The gallery building houses permanent and visiting exhibitions consisting of a wide spectrum of Australian and other foreign art.

You will be welcomed by a group of seven, large pears, which lie on the footpath on your way to the National Gallery of Australia . This extraordinary work of art, surreal and magnificent, is different from the rest of the art galleries.

To some critics, this represents the substance of the art that can be found in the gallery itself: sculptures, paintings, drawings, illuminated text, and glass forms. A number of sculptures are found both inside the building and on its surrounding grounds. One will find in one of the entrances to the National Gallery building, a red and black painted sculpture, La Bobine , which attests to the international character of the art treasures contained within. Works of Aussie artists Arthur Boyd, Sidney Nolan and Arthur Stretton are found in the Gallery together with the authentic local Aborignal paintings.

The works of English, European and other painters from the rest of the world can also be seen in the Museum's collection. Art in many forms are nested in this museum including prints, photography, drawings, ceramics, silverware, furniture, fashion, and textiles. Local culture is also champed in the National Gallery. It contains 200 painted tree trunks signifying the indigenous people who defended their lands against invaders.

The National Gallery of Australia is in Canberra and situated at the base of the triangle formed by Commonwealth Ave , Kings Ave and Lake Burley Griffin with the Australian Parliament at its apex. Specifically, it is located at the Parkes Place in Parkes just south of the lake. The National Gallery is open year-round, except Christmas Day, with exhibition hours from 10am to 5pm. During special exhibitions, it may have different opening hours.
 
 
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