Sometimes a visit to the National Gallery of Australia can deliver a very nice surprise.
I was there on Sunday to meet someone and thought that I would take a quick look around to see what was left to be seen given their notices that the whole place was undergoing a major reshuffle.
I was surprised to find that they have completed the move of Australia art from upstairs to the ground floor.
When I heard that they were moving the Australian art downstairs and were introducing white walls, I was very skeptical. I liked Australian art being in the upstairs galleries and was very used to the layout. So I had serious doubts about this change.
How wrong I was. The new layout downstairs is brilliant. It works. They have mixed together various mediums in an intelligent manner. And there’s loads of photography – at last!
Gauging by the reaction of the visitors there on Sunday, I suggest it is going to be very popular.
I highly recommend a visit right now.
Now we wait to see what they do with the international works when the move upstairs is done and dusted. And I hear there is to be dedicated photography gallery upstairs as well.
Things are getting better at the NGA!
A word of warning. I noticed that the three-hour free parking during the week seems to have vanished. However the weekend parking remains free. So you can guess when I suggest you visit.