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The Art Gallery of New South Wales Presents: The Sydney Modern Project

The Art Gallery of New South Wales Presents: The Sydney Modern Project

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The Art Gallery of New South Wales Presents: The Sydney Modern Project

Image of the Sydney Modern Project as produced by Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA © Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2021

Opening its doors to the public on Saturday 3 December 2022, the Art Gallery of New South Wales is expanding its territory, becoming the city’s largest cultural development since the Sydney Opera House. The expansion features a remarkable new building designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects SANAA as well as an extraordinary display of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art showcased across the campus.

Overlooking the Sydney Harbour, the Art Gallery is the leading art museum in Sydney and one of Australia’s pre-eminent cultural institutions. The AU$344 million project will transform the already iconic art institution to create a new art museum with two buildings connected by a public art garden with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art being a significant aspect to the expansion.

Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa SANAA. Credit Aiko Suzuki

The exciting new expansion will include immaculate architectural designs by Pritzker Prize-winning Japanese architects SANAA, along with Australian practice Achitectus as executive architect. The new space almost doubles in exhibition space and features the revitalization of its historic building by Australian architects Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, including a complete re-installation of the collection; extensive outdoor art experiences; and a series of major art commissions across the campus by 9 renowned local and international artists including Lorraine Connelly-Northey, Karla Dickens, Simryn Gill, Jonathan Jones, Yayoi Kusama, Lee Mingwei, Richard Lewer, Lisa Reihana and Francis Upritchard.

"All eyes will be on Sydney when our new building opens on our magnificent site on Gadigal Country overlooking Sydney Harbor. Our new art museum campus brings together art, architecture and landscape in 4 spectacular new ways, providing visitors with art and cultural experiences only possible here. This is truly the world seen from Sydney." – Dr. Michael Brand, Director, Art Gallery of New South Wales

Image of the Sydney Modern Project as produced by Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA© ArtGallery of New South Wales, 2021

The new building is light, transparent, and open to its surroundings, SANAA’s building responds to the site’s topography with a series of art pavilions that cascade down toward the harbour. The new design will feature galleries specially designed to accommodate art of the 21st century as well as special installations in circulation spaces. It integrates a vast, columned underground art space, repurposed from a decommissioned World War II naval oil tank to fashion a gallery space with high ceilings for extraordinary future commissions and performances.

“The Sydney Modern Project allows us to engage our audiences and work with our artists in thrilling new ways. When we open in December every space across our expanded art museum campus will have been reimagined and re-installed. Our collection will be accentuated by bold and compelling new art commissions that contribute to important global conversations of our time from our place here in the Asia Pacific.” – Maud Page, Deputy Director and Director of Collections, Art Gallery of New South Wales

Image of the Sydney Modern Project as produced by Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA© Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2021 Featuring Taloi HaviniHabitat2017© Taloi Havini

The Art Gallery’s collection will present a world-class collection of the finest and broadest Australian art to ever be featured anywhere. From the time of its inception, the Art Gallery has collected and worked with the artists of its time from Australia and around the world.

The campus will boast remarkable landscape designs with acclaimed landscape architect Kathryn Gustafson, with Seattle firm Gustafson Guthrie Nicol and Australian landscape architect McGregor Coxall on board leading the landscape and civic spaces redesign of the expanded campus.

Image of the Sydney Modern Project as produced by Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA© ArtGallery of New South Wales, 2021

The Gallery will uphold the New South Wales state art collection of more than 36,000 objects, including more than 2,000 historic and contemporary works of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, acquired over 74 years. The institution has been at the forefront of collecting, displaying, and interpreting historic and contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island art, a driving force in engaging the artist and their communities. The Art Gallery also holds a significant collection of Asian and European art and presents major national and international exhibitions.

Image of the Sydney Modern Project as produced by Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA© ArtGallery of New South Wales, 2021

The cultural expansion project is a grand event to look forward to. The NSW State Government’s generous funding has raised more than AU$100 million from private donors to support an outstanding new venture that will push the artistic community forward as well as bring the art world closer to the Australian public.


Any views or opinions in the post are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the company or contributors.


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