Australia may be a relatively young nation, but it is rich in cultural history and it absolutely adores art! If you're into sculpture, photography, modern art, or canvas art, then you’ll love how Australia is home to many marvellous museums and galleries. Here are the top Aussie art galleries you will want to visit again and again!
- Melbourne's National Gallery of Victoria
Established over 150 years ago and boasting almost 70,000 artworks, NGV, or the National Gallery of Victoria, is the oldest and largest public art gallery in the whole country. It comprises the Ian Potter Centre, which holds exquisite Australian collections, and the NGV International, which gives home to a large range of works from Oceania, America, Asia and Europe. One of the most appreciated exhibitions held by the NGV every year is Winter Masterpieces, featuring themes like Dutch Masters, Art Deco, and Impressionism, to name just a few.
- National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Founded just a few decades ago, the National Gallery of Australia may not be one of the oldest cultural institutions in the country, but it is one of the most revered. Home to more than 160,000 artworks, the gallery is rich in national and international treasures, from Aboriginal and Australian art to Asian, European, and American collections. The place itself is a work of art – built in the impressive Brutalist style and sitting in vast gardens, The National Gallery of Australia is a beauty to behold both inside and out.
- MONA, Hobart
The Museum of Old and New Art is one of the most controversial private collections of antiquities and contemporary art. The state-of-the-art design of the building, with underground exhibitions and labyrinthine display spaces, is a feast for the eyes in itself, but the strange or provocative artworks it hosts inside are a must-see. Notable displays include Wim Delvoye's Cloaca Professional, Chris Ofili's The Holy Virgin Mary, and Sidney Nolan's Snake.
Bring the Galleries into Your Home
Visiting these magnificent galleries at least once in your life will surely be one of the most enriching experiences ever. If you want to admire beautiful artworks every day, you can turn your own house into a small gallery. You can buy art online. Even if they're not created by one of the old masters, a few gorgeous, well-chosen canvas paintings will make you feel you're entering one of the great art museums every time you come home from work.
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