NGV Australian Collection

Permanent Display

The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia is the world’s first public art museum dedicated to Australian art. The Gallery has the country’s most comprehensive display of Australian art, with a collection of over 26,000 works.

Art Exhibition previously on at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia in Victoria, Australia.
From Monday 01 June 2009 to Saturday 01 June 2013

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The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia provides a unique opportunity for Australians and international visitors to enjoy and learn about Australian art and culture in a fresh and innovative environment.

The Australian Collection is housed in a remarkable and critically acclaimed building designed by Peter Davidson of Lab Architecture Studio, in association with Bates Smart Melbourne.

NGV Australia spans three levels, plus a mezzanine:

Ground: Four permanent galleries dedicated to Indigenous art, the NGV Shop and the Information Desk

Level 1: Education studios and NGV Members Room

Level 2: 19th and 20th Century Australian Art, The Joseph Brown Collection, and The Fashion and Textiles Gallery.

Level 3: Temporary exhibitions, contemporary art, prints and drawings and photography.

In October 2004, The Joseph Brown Collection opened on Level 2 at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. Dr Joseph Brown AO OBE, respected Melbourne art dealer, artist and collector, donated the major part of his collection of Australian art to the National Gallery of Victoria. His donation of more than 150 significant paintings, sculptures and works on paper represents the most generous gift of artworks ever made to a public gallery in Australia.

Over 26,000 works are now a part of NGV Australia’s collection of Australian art.

Founded in the years following the gold rushes of the 1850s, the Collection was consolidated and extended by the generous support of its many benefactors. Pride of place among these benefactors belongs to the Felton Bequest of 1904. The Felton Bequest enabled the NGV to acquire works by some of the country’s finest artists. Many of these works are now considered to be Australian icons.