20 October 2011
Overlooking the beautiful Woolloomooloo Bay, the Art Gallery of NSW is one of Australia’s leading museums of art and a true Sydney institution. Each year the gallery attracts more than 1 million visitors. Whether you’re an art lover or someone interested in adding an indoor activity to your Sydney itinerary, this gallery is a must do on any list.
The permanent collection includes Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander art, from traditional works to contemporary indigenous works; Colonial & 20th Century Australian art; Old European Masters; Asian Galleries and Contemporary works. The Australian collection is best described as reflecting the evolving traditions of the past 200 years of European settlement in Australia.
In addition to its permanent collection, the Art Gallery of NSW hosts a number of special and visiting exhibitions such as those from the Louvre in France or the Getty Museum in the United States.
Walk the hallways and view a wide range of European artists and locals, indigenous peoples and Asian art, from classic to modern. Be sure to keep your eyes open for what you can and cannot photograph. Also if you have questions about specific pieces of art, ask one of the staff, even the security guards have pieces of information to share.
The gallery can become quite busy during special exhibitions, so an insider tip is to get there early on Saturday as this is the quietest time, or after 2pm on weekdays, once the school groups are gone. You may want to keep this in mind when ‘Picasso: Masterpeices for the Musee National Picasso, Paris opens in Sydney on 12 November, 2011.
Have you had an unforgettable experience at an art gallery or museum in Sydney?