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Holding great esteem and prominence in Australia is the National Gallery of Victoria. Built during the reign of the British colony, it was founded in 1861 and is considered to be Australia’s oldest communal art gallery. The main gallery can be reached at St Kilda Road, which is located at the centre of the Melbourne Arts Precinct of Southbank. Designed by Sir Roy Grounds, the St Kilda Road Gallery was officially inaugurated in 1968.
Since the end of 2003, the gallery has been operated over two sites. One of the sites is the National Gallery of Victoria International that lies on St Kilda Road, which was eventually redesigned by Mario Bellini with the assistance of The Ian Potter Center. The other site is the National Gallery of Victoria Australia, which opened on Federation Square, carefully reconstructed by LAB Architecture Studio.
At the time the gallery was founded, Victoria was a self-governing colony that later became the richest district in Australia. A number of notable industrialists created opportunities for the National Gallery to purchase large collections of international masterworks, encompassing a blend of both contemporary and classical masterpieces.
Today, over sixty five thousand works of art are showcased at the gallery, drawing in a number of local and international visitors. Timeless pieces of work by well known artistes like Paolo Uccello, Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Marco Palmezzano occupy the magnificent chambers.
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