Some may think that when they visit an art gallery that it is just a place to wander through and appreciate all of the collections of art that have been gathered there. This may be one activity that takes place at the Auckland Art Gallery but certainly not the only one.
A visit to this gallery may include a presentation talk, special performances, and even film screening plus children’s activities.
New Zealand, on the whole, has a keen interest in the visual arts and a deep appreciation for it. While there are several art exhibits throughout NZ the Auckland Art Gallery is the largest establishment of this kind that is home to 15,000+ pieces of work.
The collection has covered many the visual arts displaying categories of historical pieces while at the same time adding many modern and contemporary pieces for viewing.
The artists responsible for the presentations here are a mix of New Zealand artists as well as the Maori artist collections plus they are joined with pieces from the artists of the Pacific Islands.
The Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki was built in 1888 and was once part of the Auckland Public Library. The collections at this time were most European works of the masters. As the gallery has grown it now includes not only national works but international ones. The growth in the exhibits created a need for an extension to the building in the 1970s but was later demolished in the 2009 and was replaced with a much more modern and impressive extension in 2011.
There have been many major benefactors of the Auckland Art Gallery and without their involvement, there is little doubt that this beautiful gallery would be what it is today.
While there are many places to visit and see in NZ this Gallery should be at the top of your list.