The National Gallery of Australia offers a huge collection of Australian and International art, and if you're an art lover it is something that shouldn't be missed. With a collection that features some of the world's best known artists the National Gallery is an awe-inspiring place where you could easily spend a day wandering.
Even those who don't know much about art will be impressed by some of the works in the European and American galleries. You'll find paintings by Monet, Picasso, Magritte, and Andy Warhol. From impressionism and post-impressionism, to dadaism, cubism, minimalism, and more. There is a fantastic collection of contemporary art, that will amuse, inspire, and elate.
Other international collections include Asian and Pacific Art. These collections contain a range of different works, from traditional carvings, to paintings, to textiles. The pieces provide a look into different cultures, from early to recent times.
As Australia's National Gallery it is expected that there should be a comprehensive Australian collection, the National Gallery does not disappoint. One of the highlights is the Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander collections. Not only does the gallery have a large collection of traditional carvings and paintings, but it also features modern Indigenous art. It is refreshing to see art work that tells modern Indigenous stories, as well as traditional works, because the former can sometimes be overlooked in Australian art galleries.
The Australian collection contains a range of works including landscapes, portraits, and modern art pieces. The gallery houses the famous Ned Kelly artworks by Sidney Nolan, and there are plenty of other well known and lesser known works to see. The Rotary Collection contains works by emerging Australian artists, and so this can be a great place to see some fresh artists showcased. When you're done you can take a look at some of the sculptures on the lawns outside.
As well as the work, you'll also find a shop and a cafe at the gallery. Art gallery gift shops are usually a great place to shop, and this is no exception. There are tables of homewares in bright colours and interesting designs, and row upon row of art related books. You can pick up plenty of art related gifts, that can make a nice keepsake for yourself, or a gift for someone else.
Entry to the National Gallery is free, which makes the opportunity to see so many brilliant works even better, but there may sometimes be admission prices for special exhibitions. The gallery is open daily from 10am till 5pm, except on Christmas day. Guided tours operate daily through particular collections.
Great write up Natasha. The NGA is a must- visit if you happen to be in Canberra. You can easily spend a day taking it all in. My highlights are Sidney Nolan's "Ned Kelly" paintings (there is a whole room full of them) and Jackson Pollock's "Blue Poles".