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“This is a superb gallery and the Toulouse Lautrec exhibition was even better”

National Gallery of Australia
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Ranked #6 of 247 things to do in Canberra
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The NGA is home to Australia's national collection of visual arts. The national collection includes 170,000 iconic and highly celebrated works of art spanning four main areas: Australian art, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, Asian art, and European and American art.
Reviewed March 6, 2013

We've visited the gallery many times and really enjoyed the space and the excellent presentation of the exhibits, both standard and specials. This time round we throughly enjoyed the Toulouse Lautrec exhibition which was both superbly curated and much more extensive than we expected

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Reviewed March 6, 2013

The Lautrec exhibit was stunning. Credit to the curator for assembling the pieces from far and wide to comprise this extensive tour de force of the artist's Parisian life and times.
Apart from the special exhibition the gallery boasts an excellent collection of Nolan "Ned Kelly" themed works and also a collection of David Boyd.
Parking was a hassle and probably the only negative.
The gallery is spacious and well laid out.
There is a well stocked souvenier/gift art shop housed within the building with something for everyone.
I suggest that you should pre-book on line and in this way to avoid the lining up at the entry points.
Guided audio tours were in evidence and available for those so wishing.
The explanatory "blurb" at the entrance to each section of the exhibition was informative and interesting.
Well worth a visit whether you be a culture vulture or just passing through.

1  Thank bunnymouse_2
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Reviewed March 5, 2013

The main reason we spent time in Canberra recently was for the Lautrec exhibition at the National Gallery, which for myself at least, was a little disappointing to be honest. This (paying) show frankly seemed small and uninteresting, with many of the headline pieces reproduced in all manner of media, leaving little "new" work for me to uncover.

Thankfully this disappointment is more than offset by the incredible indigenous galleries which has really improved in space and display since I last visited (perhaps 4 years ago). The contempory room has some fantastic pieces which really struck me (Austracism, for example) and made me stop and think, something which nothing in the Lautrec exhibition could achieve.

Another interesting display contained about 24 of Albert Tuckers series: 'Images of Modern Evil', These are strong dark paintings on the perceived debauchery of wartime Melbourne and again are striking, quickly grabbing and drawing you in. We didn't get all the way around this time, so I'm unsure if the large collection of Nolan's Kelly series is still on display, these are well worth a look if they are.

Parking at the Gallery is shocking and for those of limited mobility; the elderly, wheelchair bound etc,it's a struggle. There was not a park when we visited (a Monday afternoon) and I had to park over at the National Portrait Gallery, not too far away, but more than enough for some I'm sure.

This gallery is well worth a visit, the collection is varied, interesting and (for the most part) free. A great place to spend a full day (if you're into art)

Thank FiFoGeo
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Reviewed March 5, 2013

Wide range of exhibitions, in a contemporary building surrounded by parkland.
Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition was first-class, with works both by other house-hold names as well as lesser known names also shown in other sections.

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Reviewed March 4, 2013

We recently travelled here for the Toulouse-Latrec exhibition and I was very pleased, as always, with the organisation of the event from the parking, to security staff, to the format of the exhibition. Always a pleasure to visit!

Thank alexandragfh
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