Syd­ney Mod­ern

What is it: A ma­jor ex­pan­sion for the Art Gallery of New South Wales When will it open? 2021, on the 150th an­niver­sary of its found­ing

Time Out (Sydney) - - FUTURE SYDNEY -

‘Syd­ney Mod­ern’ is the work­ing ti­tle for the new mu­seum space at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. The project will dou­ble the floor space of the ex­ist­ing Gallery and it’s hoped the $244-mil­lion ex­pan­sion will bring the venue in line with the world’s great­est art mu­se­ums – not only to ri­val Aus­tralian cul­tural in­sti­tu­tions, but also world­wide. Pritzker Prize-win­ning ar­chi­tects SANAA (whose port­fo­lio in­cludes the Lou­vre-Lens in France and the 21st Cen­tury Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art in Ja­pan) are de­sign­ing the build­ing, which will stretch across un­der­utilised land to the north of the ex­ist­ing build­ing, plus over-and-around two dis­used World War II oil tanks and over the East­ern Dis­trib­u­tor. They’re work­ing on de­signs for a grand en­trance, ad­di­tional din­ing spaces, a rooftop gar­den and – vi­tally – more space to dis­play the gallery’s $1.3 bil­lion col­lec­tion. Best of all, they’re promis­ing to bring Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der art front-and-cen­tre, lift­ing it out of the base­ment and into the prom­i­nent po­si­tion it de­serves. The Gallery cur­rently sees 1.3 mil­lion visi­tors per year, and so, di­alling up its tech is a pri­or­ity, too – as is bet­ter tools for its non-English speak­ing guests. Con­struc­tion is likely to be­gin in 2019.

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