Asian galleries

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

‘The way we approach it is that the design doesn’t have a high profile - the objects are what people want to see’. Susan Freeman

In 2003 Freeman Ryan Design was commissioned by the Art Gallery of New South Wales to design the exhibitions for the new Asian wing. One existing gallery was repurposed for the wing while a new gallery was built in a ‘glass lantern’ extension designed by architects Johnston Pilton Walker. The exhibitions incorporated both thematic and culturally based displays of art from the Asian region.

By utilising some of the existing gallery space FRD was able to enliven and refresh the collection using discrete structures and a clean pallet. FRD designed all the furniture including plinths, display-cases and benches, in some cases using Australian timbers.

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