The $246 million expansion of the Art Gallery of New South Wales boosts Sydney’s cultural development…

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Aerial view, Sydney Modern Project as produced by Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA. © Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2021.

The Art Gallery of New South Wales is the city’s biggest cultural development since the Sydney Opera House

Jhe transformation of the Art Gallery of New South Walesthe modern sydney projectwill open to the public on December 3, 2022, after a 344 million Australian dollars ($246 million) expansion. Located on a magnificent site overlooking sydney harbour, the art gallery is one of the Australians preprominent cultural establishments. Modern Sydney project is the most important cultural development to open in town since near Sydney Opera Househalf a century ago. Transformation will create new art museum campus with two buildings connected by a public art garden.

Image of the Sydney Modern Project as produced by Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA © Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2021

A key aspect of the expansion will be exceptional exhibitions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, which will both be presented in a dedicated gallery, the first to be encountered by visitors at the entrance level of the new building. , as well as overall expanded Campus. The Sydney Modern Project nearly doubles the exhibition space and includes a spectacular new building designed by Japanese Pritzker Prize-winning architects SANAA, with Australian firm Architectus as executive architect.

Yayoi Kusama has created an exuberant floral sculpture, prominently displayed on the terrace of the new building overlooking Sydney Harbour. Inspired by plants endemic to southeastern Australia, the sculpture will be visible on three floors, both indoors and outdoors.
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Other features of the project include the revitalization of the historic art gallery building by Australian architects Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, including a complete reinstallation of the collection; extensive outdoor art experiences and a series of major on-campus art commissions by leading international and Australian artists.

Light, transparent and open to its environment, the SANAA building responds to the topography of the site with a series of art pavilions that cascade down towards the port. The new building, which expands the formal exhibition space from 96,875 to 172,222 square feet, will include galleries specially designed to accommodate 21st century art as well as special installations in the circulation spaces. It includes a vast columned underground art space, repurposed from a decommissioned World War II naval oil tank, creating a 23,680 square foot gallery with 23 foot high ceilings for commissions and displays. special performance.

Image of the Sydney Modern Project as produced by Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA © Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2021. With Taloi Havini Habitat 2017 © Taloi Havini

Renowned landscape architect Catherine Gustafson, with Seattle Gustafson Guthrie Nicol Law Firm, and Australian Landscape Architects McGregor Coxall are first the pattern of the landscape and civic the spaces of the expanded campus.

Marking the opening of the Sydney Modern Project, major nine commissions have been awarded to great artists: Waradgery artist Lorraine ConnellyNorthey (Australia); Wiradjur artist Karla Dickenss (Australia); Simryn Gill (Australia/Malaysia); artist Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi Jonathan Jones (Australia); Yayoi Kusama (Japan); Lee Mingwei (France/USA); Richard Lewer (Australia); Maori artist Lisa Reihana (Aotearoa New Zealand); Francis Upritchard (UK/Italy/AotearoaNew Zealand).

The Art Gallery’s collection of Australian art is among the finest and most extensive anywhere. Since its founding, the art gallery has brought together and worked with artists of its time from Australia and around the world. The Art Gallery houses the New South Wales State Art Collection of over 36,000 objects, including over 2,000 historic and contemporary works of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, acquired from the over the past 74 years.

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