Melbourne reaffirms its role as the cultural center of Australia by building the largest Contemporary Art gallery in the country for more than 750 million dollars.
Melbourne: Australia’s cultural capital
The city of Melbourne has long been considered as Australia’s cultural heart and soul. Indeed, the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is one of the most visited museums in the world. However, Brisbane, Hobart but also Sidney built new museums, host new Art festivals and renovated its institutions. As a result, the University of Sidney invested close to 15 million dollars to establish a new museum. As a reaction to these changes, the city of Melbourne, through the National Gallery of Victoria announced the construction of the largest Contemporary Art in Australia. Through this action, Melbourne aims to maintain its role of cultural leader in the country.
The largest Contemporary Art gallery in Australia
The National Gallery of Victoria, in partnership with Victoria State’s government, chose the location of the colossal project of the most important Contemporary Art gallery in Australia. It will be located where the Belgian-Brazilian brewing company Anheuser-Busch’s headquarter currently is. The building is a 6 floors unit of 650 000 square foot. Located at the core of a neighborhood experiencing artistic changes, this new gallery should be built by the National Gallery of Victoria”s building on St Kilda Road. It will be the jewel of this new neighborhood dedicated to Art in Australia’s second largest city.
Contemporary Art is booming in Australia
The announcement of the construction of the gigantic gallery comes at a time when Contemporary Art is doing extremely well in the country. The most recent international exhibitions at the National Gallery of Vuictoria include renowned Artists such as Yayoi Kusama and Candice Breitz. Indeed, more than 1.2 million people saw their Artworks on the occasion of the most visited exhibition of the museum since its founding 157 years ago. “The National Gallery of Victoria Contemporary will showcase the NGV’s own outstanding collection of contemporary art and design and provide state-of-the-art flexible spaces for year-round major exhibitions” said the Museum’s Director Tony Ellwood to The Art Newspaper. This new Melbourne’s artistic core is planned to open in 2025 with an important investment from the State.
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