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Visiting National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne
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A large and well-built gallery which is located in Melbourne which consists of various art pieces and artworks.

Jovial Visit to National Gallery of Victoria

Jovial Visit to National Gallery of Victoria

Australian Art Collection

Australian Art Collection

The first area that you should take a look when you come to National Gallery of Victoria is none other than Australian Art Collection which includes Indigenous (Australian Aboriginal) art and artifacts, Australian colonial art, Australian Impressionist art, the 20th century and modern and contemporary art. In its early day, the museum successfully acquired some of the movement's key artworks, namely Tom Robers' Shearing the Rams (1890), Arthur Streeton's The purple noon's transparent might (1896), and Frederick McCubbin's The Pioneer (1904). Moreover, Australian Art Collection consists of the works of other Australian artists, such as Charles Blackman, John Brack, Arthur Boyd, Louis Buvelot, Rupert Bunny, Nicholas Chevalier, Charles Conder, David Davies, William Dobell, Russell Drysdale, E. Phillips Fox, John Glover, Eugene von Guerard, Hans Heysen, George W. Lambert, Sydney Long, John Longstaff, Frederick McCubbin, Sidney Nolan, John Perceval, Margaret Preston, Hugh Ramsay, Tom Roberts, John Russell, Grace Cossington Smith, Arthur Streeton, and Fred Williams.

International Art Collection

International Art Collection

Famed as one of the best international galleries in the world, it would be weird if National Gallery of Victoria does not have International Art as one of its collection. This area comprises European and international paintings, fashion and textiles, Greek vases, Egyptian artifacts, historical European ceramics, Asian art, Australian artworks, decorative arts, as well as Mesoamerican art, Pacific art, sculpture, antiquities, and global contemporary art. You can see many works of well-known worldwide artists, such as Bernini, Bordone, Canaletto, Cézanne, Constable, Dali, Correggio, Degas, van Dyck, Gainsborough, Gentileschi, El Greco, Manet, Memling, Modigliani, Monet, Picasso, Pissarro, Poussin, Renoir, Ribera, Rothko, Rubens, Tiepolo, Giambattista Pittoni, Tintoretto, Turner, Uccello, and Veronese. In addition, the notable work that is presented in this collection is The Thinker sculpture by Auguste Rodin which was made in 1884.

Photography, Prints, and Drawings

Photography, Prints, and Drawings

One area that you should not miss when you come to National Gallery of Victoria is the curatorial department dedicated to photography, prints, and drawings which was established in 1967, as well as the same year when the first work Surrey Hills street 1948 by David Moore was acquired. In the present time, the section for Photography, Prints, and Drawings holds over 15,000 works including 36 of the 102 water colored paintings by William Blake which he worked on up until his death in 1827 to illustrate The Divine Comedy by Dante, as well as the art pieces by Rembrandt and Goya. Besides paintings, this area also includes one of the world's largest collections of engravings and woodcuts by Dürer.

Japonisme: The Birth of Japan Modern Art

Japonisme: The Birth of Japan Modern Art

Lastly, the exhibition that you should visit in the National Gallery of Victoria is the Japan Modern Art, Japonisme. The exhibition includes decorative arts, works on paper, paintings, fashion and textiles, photography and art pieces related to Japonisme which in its beginning, the progressive artists across Europe copied exotic motifs and the surface effects of novel materials to make a new European art aesthetic. Later, Japonisme has its own style as the artists began to adopt innovative compositional devices, explore the new subject, and embrace Japanese arts for the decorative arts which affected the indelible impact on Western Art and shaped the Fauvist art movement and the Aesthetic Movement in England in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Insider Tips

How to Get Tickets?

The entrance fee to the main gallery is free. However, there are several exhibitions where you need to purchase a ticket to enter. You can check for the prices at their website.

How To Get Around?

Everyone is able to explore National Gallery of Victoria, including people who have walking inability as there are wheelchairs which are available to use for free in the auditorium, studios, education theatres, and gallery spaces, though you have to contact the Information Desk prior to your visit by calling 03 8620 2222.

What Should I Wear?

It is best to wear comfortable outfits such as the shirt, cardigan, and pants along with your choice of shoes, be it sneakers, sandals, or even high heels as the gallery's floor is covered with marble.

Facts

Best Time to Visit

You can visit the National Gallery of Victoria every day from 10 am to 5 pm. However, you are advised to come in the afternoon as some limited exhibition only can be accessed during a certain period.

Currency

Australian Dollar (AUD)

Will I Need a Guide?

You don't necessarily need a guide to explore the National Gallery of Victoria. However, there are voluntary guide tours available on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday at 11.30 am. The guided tours are also available in languages other than English which you can get information from the Information Desk by calling 03 8620 2222 prior to your visit.

How To Get There?

You can reach National Gallery of Victoria by taking Tram number 1, 3, 3A, 6, or 72, train from Frankston, Sandringham, Sunbury, Upfield, or Werribee, and Bus number 216, 219, or 220. You also can try transit alternatives from 14-Arts Centre/St Kilda Rd (Southbank), 14-Arts Precinct/St Kilda Rd (Southbank), Victorian Arts Centre/Southbank Bvd (Southbank), or 17-Sturt St/Southbank Bvd (Southbank).

Additional Info

Senior Card Holder is able to enjoy the discount when they visit the museum on Wednesdays, whereas NGV members receive 20% off program tickets and discounts on all the museum's exhibitions. Students with disability are also offered to have inclusive programs provided by NGV Schools through the booking by phone (03 8620 2340) or by email edu.bookings@ngv.vic.gov.au.

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