The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia

The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia

The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
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From our team here at NGV, we’d like to express our very best wishes to our community at this time. Due to the evolving nature of COVID-19 and after following closely the State and Federal Government’s advice, we have extended the NGV’s temporary closure until 30 June.
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  • C M
    Auckland Central, New Zealand811 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good exhibitions but the building is the star
    What an amazing gallery space! We were visiting Federation Square and decided to have a look. So glad we did. What a great variety of artwork on display, from the classic to modern, with a selection of Indigenous art as well. It really has a bit of everything. And such a stunning space to house the art, reminiscent of the Berlin Jewish Museum. The building is beautiful with all those nooks and crannies and different light. So worth a visit, and it's free.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 27, 2023
  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia13,401 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Potter Gallery is strong in Australian Modernism
    The Ian Peter Centre is allied to the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). The Potter Gallery's collection is mainly composed of Australian Modernist painters, many of whom had their origins in Melbourne. The Potter is also strong in indigenous art. The NGV is strong in international art, especially European art.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 24, 2023
  • CodyDC
    Washington DC, District of Columbia6,573 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice visit to Ian Potter Centre NVG - well worth the visit
    While visiting Melbourne for first time, stopped by for a visit in late afternoon. The painting focused on Australian artist which was pretty interesting, since I had not much experienced Australian paintings in US or European art museums. The visit was enjoyable while the building was very modern. I actually thought it was a better experience than the NGV International which was surprising for me.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written January 6, 2024
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Karen M
Daylesford, Australia1,329 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
We visited specifically to see "She-oak & Sunlight" - the Australian Impressionists Exhibition & were pleased we did. There are many more paintings than we expected & most are of a high quality. We felt there were too many patrons allowed in during our time, especially the guided tour group, which made it very difficult to socially distance.
Written May 2, 2021
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ray raposo
Miami, FL1,339 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
What an interesting exterior of the NVG and Australian Center for the Moving Image (acmi) building. Starting with a spectacular Atrium and open selling area and then a terrific eclectic gallery selection of artworks and photography. Titled Civilization the Way We Live Today, this special exhibit ran from September 2019 to February 2020. An outdoor open space had a Christmas Square area. Worth a visit if just for a short while.
Written February 2, 2020
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Phil S
Palm Beach, Australia84 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
It is hard to review this gallery, given some of the great galleries in Australia.

Firstly, it’s mostly empty. Following on the heels of the mostly empty museum, the NGV has one closed floor; half of the ground floor ‘Opening Soon’ and lots of nothing on the other two floors.

Secondly, getting in is a trial. Checkin, scans, QR codes, second checkin, third checkin (no, I’m not kidding, we had to show our certificates and check in three times). The main door was not operating, so we had to get in through the side door.

Thirdly, the cafe charged us $44 for two coffee, two scones and a coke (small size can).

However, the few works on display were interesting and all were very new (mostly 2021).

Give it a shot; it’s free, which is the best thing that can be said about it.
Written April 8, 2022
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twetwe
Tauranga, New Zealand65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
Loved the variety of art and exhibits! My favourite was Roger Kemp’s work - his later work was incredible and I enjoyed seeing his journey and change in style. The video showing his process was interesting.
Also worth looking at is the photography exhibitions. Technique, subject matter ... I love seeing how others view life and the world.
Written January 31, 2020
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cem44
Birmingham, AL81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The architecture of the building is worth a visit all by itself. In addition, it has a great permanent collection of art by native artists as well as other modern Australian artists and temporary special exhibits. It's also extremely convenient to get to and entry is free.
Written February 19, 2020
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Ivan V
Melbourne, Australia1,213 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
It’s always a pleasure to visit the NGV Aust . And the current photographic exhibitions showing are exceptional. Patrina Hicks Bleached Gothic I find is one of the best Photographic exhibitions that I have seen for a while. It’s well worth a visit to the gallery to see this fantastic exhibition. All I will say is go and see it.
Written January 24, 2020
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Kirkcaldylad
North Lanarkshire, UK1,565 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
I love this gallery for its architecture which always surprises as one walks around from space to room to display. But it is the art, all Australian and covering all the period since white settlement but with enough aboriginal art work to remind us that it was not the colonists who brought art here. Among the paintings there are splendid examples of Australian furniture, again from early colonial times to the 20th century. There is a cafe I did not use and a good design shop.
Written February 15, 2020
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,401 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
It is a while since I visited the NGV Potter Gallery and I was stunned. Almost the entire top floor is taken up by indigenous art, including Tiwi funeral poles. I have never seen anything of this depth before, I would say this exhibit is unique. The "dot painting' canvasses are represented extensively. The Australian Modernist paintings are quite beautiful, though I am not sure if including traditional Aboriginal artists is such a good idea. The inclusion of female artists in "the canon", such as Margaret Preston and Grace Cossington-Smith is long overdue, although I was disappointed I could find nothing by Joy Hester. In all, concentrating the collection shows how amazingly productive the Australian Modernists were.
Written November 26, 2020
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jeffryb
Keysborough, Australia366 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
The Ian Potter Centre at the NGV has the best collection of Australian modenist art in Melbourne. 'Modernism' is a flexible term, but it essentiailly runs from the interwar period to the 1970s. Amongst the most prominent painters are Sidney Nolan and Albert Tucker. Noel Counihan, a social realist artist, has shown staying power. There are, of course many more, including John Brack, whose iconic scenes of Melbourne remain much-loved classics. Overseas visitors often find the gallery's collection of indigenous art interesting..
Written August 15, 2020
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platypus150
Melbourne, Australia31,345 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I grew up looking at the 19th century Australian paintings. It was a time for Europeans to discover a new land with new animals, plants and geography. They had no understanding of the peoples they met or their own impact on them. In this Gallery are some lessons learned.
Written February 2, 2020
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