Claude Monet still inspires people. Enough for me to make the trip to the Art Gallery. It's not everyday I get to see Monet!
The grand brown-tinged building reminds me of the type of colonial buildings I see back home though in this case, instead of being governmental, it is being used as an Art Gallery.
There are several wings, displaying mainstream Australian art pieces with galleries set aside for special exhibits such as the Monet one I waited in line for. There are galleries dedicated to different styles such as the Classical, the omnipotent Landscape, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Surrealism and Abstractism. You could spend a few good hours here, for art lovers.
There is a cafe and but of course, gift shops.
Entry into the normal exhibits are free, though you have to pay to enter the special ones. For example, I paid A$18 for the special Monet collection exhibit.
This museum is free! It's in the Botanical Gardens and there are paintings made by Aboriginals, Europeans and Asians of the Australian landscape and people that used to live there. There's also a nice collection of Aboriginal Art.
I live in Sydney and try to get to the Art Gallery a couple times a year.
The best thing about the art gallery is that if you want to go and see some beautiful
art from all periods of time, there are sections of the gallery that are free of charge and
you are able to wander around at your own pace and view some magnificent pieces of
art. Usually there are two or three exhibitions on at the same time which you have to
pay to see. They cover different mediums such as painting, sculpture, photography etc - so you can always see a variety of art. If you are lucky enough to be in Sydney at the time of Art Express, i do recommend seeing this. Art Express is the best artwork selected from the year 12 HSC exams (our final exam before we leave school) This is also a free exhibition but shows a wonderful range of art and ideas from the school leavers.
There is a cafe downstairs that overlooks some of the harbour and is nice to sit in and have a coffee after you have enjoyed the artwork.
Also the art gallery is in a superb location. Once you have visited you can walk across the road and down a bit and you are in the botanical gardens, which overlook the best part of sydney harbour (harbour bridge and the opera house) On nice sunny days, it's great to take a stroll in the Botanical Gardens, maybe pack a picnic and watch our beautiful harbour.
Along with the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), the AGNSW is the key visual art centre of Sydney and NSW. It hoolds significant collections of Australian (including Indigenous), European and Asian art, curating and hosting changing exhibitions throughout the year.
The precise date of the establishment of the Gallery is not known. Its genesis is the NSW Academy of Art in the 1870s and their drive to ensure the city of Sydney would publically exhibit the state's collection - particularly important as the rival city of Melbourne had established its own gallery in 1861! The galler's own website provides a fascinating breakdown of the history of the development of the building etc- suffice to say that the current building was completed in 1908 with the superb extension added at the end of the 1960s.
Admission to the Gallery is free, although charges are made for some of the larger exhibitions.
Open 10am-5pm, 7 days a week (except Xmas day and Good Friday). Late night closing - 9pm every Wednesday. Has an excellent cafe and its location, overlooking the Domain, is superb. It's a genuine temple of art!
I usually start my day at the Art Gallery of NSW. When i was a child my mum used to take me hear Religiously and i guess its sort of stuck with me. It has a fine collection of peices from Both Australian Arists as well as International. If you come here expecting the Louvre you will leave disappointed but it it is lovely none the less.
Several ours of walking through the exhibition halls should be suffiencient then you can move on.
Admission is free, always a bonus
we wandered in here because it was a hot afternoon and we had spent enough time in the sun, the gallery is wonderfully cool and welcoming, noticing that a guided tour was due to start we lingered at the desk and were rather selfishly delighted to find we were the only ones there
It was wonderful, our guide showed us a great selection of art from early Australian to present day, it was so interesting to hear the background of the artists, told with such enthusiasm, after the hour long tour we revisited some of our favourite paintings and tried yet again to understand the more modern compositions, still without success, before having a coffee and leaving
outside we were amazed to see a coach full of tourists draw up, them disembark, take photographs of the building then leave........ sure its a GREAT building, but its much better inside !
entry is free, as are the guided tours, there is a charge to visit featered exhibitions, the gallery is open daily rom 0900 - 1700
If you are interested in Art at all then you really should visit our state's Gallery.
There is free admission to the general areas of the gallery, but of course special exhbitions do have an entry fee. We were lucky enough to see Caravaggio- Lightness & Dark, earlier this year.
Presently you can view the entrants to the Wynn, Sulieman & Archibald Prizes. There is a really interesting selection in each of these categories. My favourite in the Archibald (portraits) is the painting of the enigmatic Aboriginal Actor David Gulpilil, he is a genuinely fascinating individual & this painting just gives you a little inkling of this.
Now that leads me neatly into the next main exhibition that will be held in the gallery. Clifford Possum Tjapaltarri is an exhbition initiated by the Art Gallery of South Australia & we visited the gallery there while in Adelaide for the World Cup Rugby. It runs from May 14 to July 11 & you will find it in the Rudy Kumon Gallery on the Upper Level of our gallery. Admission is $4 for members (of the Art Gallery Society of N.S.W. - I am a member) & $6 for non members. If you happen to be in Sydney during this time I would be happy to accompany you on a visit to this exhibition. I believe it is a really worthwhile exhibition to see.
The art gallery of NSW is the largest gallery in Sydney. From fifteenth century to modern art, all presented in several collections, which include Aboriginal Art, Australian Art, Contemporary Art, Asian Art, Melanesian Art, Photography and Prints, Drawings and Watercolours.
Opening Hours: 10am to 5pm, every day except Good Friday and Christmas Day.
Wednesdays: 10am to 9pm
Admission is Free. Charges apply to some exhibitions.
The Art Gallery is a free museum with lots of paintings. Most paintings were really beautiful. There was one recently restored huge painting of which I forgot the name, but it depicted some sort of battlefield. One huge horse in the middle seemed like to jump right of the painting. It looked very 3D. In the background you can also see Napoleon. All the way downstairs in the basement were many aboriginal pieces of art. In my opinion this is the most interesting part of the museum. You won't find this anywhere else, so that is what makes it very special. The most stunning piece I thought was the wash line with a lot of bats hanging on it. I made a picture of it, but it didn't turn out as I wanted. When I wanted to take another shot the guard said photography wasn't allowed in this part of the museum. I do want you to see what the bats look like so there you go.
Art Gallery NSW
Over 1 million people visit every year...It's a wonderful FREE gallery. The only part I didn't care for, was the long line of people waiting to enter the changing exhibit area.
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