Wednesday, August 20, 2014

THE WINTOUR&GUINNESS GUIDE ON WHERE TO BRING YOUR FAMILY & FRIENDS (FROM ABROAD) IN MELBOURNE: A TRIP TO THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA


If you have read the blog over the last few weeks you would have known that my parents were here for a two week trip back at the beginning of July. It was an absolutely amazing time and every time I look at the photos I have of the trip I get a lump in my throat - it was that good of a trip. We fitted in absolutely everything that could possibly be done in two weeks and even managed to squeeze a trip to the Gold Coast in the there too. 

With that, I wanted to share a little post with you about one of the places that one should bring visiting family or friends when on a trip to Melbourne. So many people have asked for advice or recommendations on where to bring friends or family and I have to be honest, my answers are pretty similar to the tonnes and tonnes of blogs and travel websites out there. One of the first spots I took my parents to was the National Gallery of Victoria along St. Kilda Road. 



The National Gallery of Victoria is divided between two sites within Melbourne's CBD, The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square, home to the Australian collections, and the NGV International at 180 St Kilda Road, which contains the Gallery's International artworks. NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road houses an extensive collection of piece from Europe, Asia, America, Oceania and works by the European old masters and new acquisitions by upcoming and established contemporary artists also form part of the collection. 

The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia is the home of Australian art, presenting Indigenous and non-Indigenous art from the colonial period to the present day. Works include paintings, decorative arts, photography, prints and drawings, sculpture, fashion and textiles, and jewellery.

The National Gallery of Victoria on St Kilda Road, was designed by Sir Roy Grounds was officially opened in August 1968. The completed building was in essence true to the 1960 sketch designs that Grounds had prepared after his study tour of galleries and museums in the United States and Europe.

After closing for a four-year, $168 million makeover the gallery re-opened in December 2003. This massive redevelopment, guided by Italian architect, Mario Bellini, and Melbourne’s M├ętier3 increased exhibition space at St Kilda Road by 25 per cent and some of the most admired elements of Grounds’ design were preserved, including the spectacular Leonard French stained glass ceiling in the Great Hall, the Gallery’s entrance arch, and the re-designed Waterwall.



The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia opened in 2002 as part of the Federation Square development. and the building was designed by architects Lab Architecture Studio in association with Bates Smart Melbourne. NGV Australia is the world's first major gallery dedicated exclusively to Australian art and is located near to ACMI, The Australian Centre of The Moving Image.

On the morning we ventured to the NGV, my folks and I popped on our walking shoes, made our way to Albert Park, grabbed a coffee at Albert Park Deli and grabbed the tram to St. Kilda Road. My folks and I aren't hugely into the art scene so we didn't grab tickets to the show that was on that day but we did enjoy everything else that was on show. We made our way through the ground floor, checked out the William Blake section, hit the gardens at the back of the building to check out the sculptures and ended the trip watching the Wang Gongxin video installation (my personal fave). 



I was truly impressed with the NGV and thoroughly enjoyed our morning there. It was the perfect way to start our day and being situated next to the Botanic Gardens and the Shrine Of Remembrance, it was easy to hop from one attraction to the other in the space of just a few hours. 

Check it out. 

*Source: NGV Website.

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