Art Gallery of New South Wales

Founded in 1874, this is Sydney's best art collection, and the second largest in Australia (after the National Gallery of Victoria).

Housed in a coolly elegant neoclassical building, dating originally from 1896–1909, it includes work by many of the big names of Western art such as Rubens, Canaletto, Delacroix, Van Gogh, Rodin, Pissarro, Monet, Bonnard, Picasso, and Giacometti, and it also has a good selection of contemporary artists such as Gilbert and George and Antony Gormley.

But more notable still is its collection of work by the great Australian artists, including classic landscapes by Arthur Streeton and Hans Heysen, work by Russell Drysdale, Arthur Boyd, Sidney Nolan and Brett Whiteley, and by leading contemporary artists such as Mike Parr and Imants Tillers.

There's also an excellent collection of sculpture and paintings by Australian Aboriginal artists, plus art and artefacts from Asia and the Pacific Islands.

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