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The new National Portrait Gallery

By Holden Caulfield 3 December 2008 28

[First filed: December 01, 2008 @ 14:20]

The new National Portrait Gallery opens soon.

There’s a preview for members tonight and a media day on Wednesday. I don’t fall into either of those groups but have been driving past the site pretty much every weekday during its construction.

I reckon the building looks pretty cool and would love to hear any inside gossip or info about the move to the new location.

For more info visit portrait.gov.au

UPDATED: HC has sent in some pictures of the NPG. Slideshow below:

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George 10:16 am 04 Dec 08

Liberal governments have always been more active in ‘building’ Canberra, especially under Menzies and Howard.

Under Howard we had the Australian National Museum and National Portrait Galley constructed, plus major funding boosts/redevelopments to the War Memorial and other national buildings.

Some simplistic people would believe that having a PM ‘live’ in Canberra is more important than developing our city.

And if I had a choice between living on Sydney Harbour and at the Lodge I know where I would choose.

Holden Caulfield 8:34 am 04 Dec 08

Hmm, that’s a bit of an issue. Are window films with UV protection a possibility I wonder?

shanefos 8:31 am 04 Dec 08

blueberry said :

>Lots of lovely natural UV light fading all those priceless portraits! Oops!

From the clip i was watching about this on ABC the other night I think they actually designed the building to let in as much natural light as possible beacuse natural light is more true then artificial light and it makes the paintings look better. One would think that they put so much effort in to using natural light then they probably took into account the UV and put some kind of UV filter in the glass.

Er, no. Even with all the fancy filters on the glass, they were still getting lux readings way above the maximum safe levels.

I-filed 10:22 pm 03 Dec 08

Quite an occasion! But Rudd’s speech was as boring as b*tsh*t. Insufferable. People started coughing after a while. He really needs a speechwriter. I think a couple of captains of industry were about to start clapping in an attempt to wind him up. He acknowledged that the Howard Government deserves credit for the Gallery.

GnT 9:24 pm 03 Dec 08

Thank’s Howard Government once again your your vision for Canberra and Australia.

No doubt that Menzies and Howard were Canberra’s biggest supporters.

Is this supposed to be sarcastic? Remember this was the PM who wouldn’t even live here.

blueberry 3:02 pm 03 Dec 08

>Lots of lovely natural UV light fading all those priceless portraits! Oops!

From the clip i was watching about this on ABC the other night I think they actually designed the building to let in as much natural light as possible beacuse natural light is more true then artificial light and it makes the paintings look better. One would think that they put so much effort in to using natural light then they probably took into account the UV and put some kind of UV filter in the glass.

artuoui 12:57 pm 03 Dec 08

Is that Bill Leak show on the ABC an effort at getting some pictures to put on the walls?

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