The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Melbourne

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The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia houses the Australian part of the art collection of the National Gallery of Victoria. It is located at Federation Square in Melbourne, Australia.

There are over 20,000 Australian artworks, including paintings, sculpture, prints, photography, fashion and textiles, and the collection is one of the oldest and most well known in the country.

The Ian Potter Centre is a legacy of the businessman and philanthropist Sir Ian Potter. Well-known works at the Ian Potter Centre include Frederick McCubbin's The pioneer and Tom Roberts' Shearing the Rams. Also featured are works from Sidney Nolan, Arthur Boyd, Albert Tucker, Arthur Streeton, John Perceval, Margaret Preston, Bill Henson, Howard Arkley and Fred Williams.

Indigenous art includes works by William Barak and Emily Kngwarreye.

The design of the Ian Potter Centre was commissioned to Lab Architecture Studio in association with Bates Smart Melbourne, headed by Peter Davidson and Donald Bates. Their work has since earned them The RAIA National Award for Interior Architecture as well as the Marion Mahony Interior Architecture Award.
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  • We make sure we visit every time we are in Melbourne. The static exhibitions are really good and the visiting exhibits are high quality and always interesting. 
  • We like to visit this museum. For the moment there is an interesting exhibition of Olsen, a famous living Australian painter. The Aboriginal exhibition this time is very good ! Read the text of the pa...  more »
  • I especially liked the Australian art from the various centuries. The art was well displayed throughout the building. I especially liked the Aboriginal Art that was displayed on black walls to set off...  more »
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  • Beautiful building. Amazing exhibitions. Dont miss out on aboriginal arts. Free guided tours around midday (can't remember when exactly). Oh and most of it is free.
  • I have been to 4 exhibitions in the past 6 months and loved them all. Great facilities and layout and innovative presentations of some amazing Australian Artists. A super gift store and many excellent cafe's nearby.
  • Fantastic art; unexpectedly good. Very quiet and peaceful gallery. Well located (and free) so definitely worth strolling in. Can be a bit tricky to find though (from federation square, head to the top of the hill and then enter into the big glass building and go down some steps, then the entrance is just infront of you)
  • Great art pieces: indigenous and from 19th/20th Century. There are some modern art items too. Large collection. See it and feel it...amazing...paintings, sculptures, etc... Some thing worth visiting..Free entry in most parts of the gallery. There is a separate gallery for displaying indigenous art.
  • Always well curated. Free exhibitions are as good as the curated ones. Plus I've never met a museum gift shop I didn't like and this one is excellent.