The National Gallery of Australia was opened by the Australian Government in 1967. Under the direction of the visionary James Mollinson, director of the gallery from its conception until 1990, the gallery acquired many important works and collections. The result is one of the finest displays of Australian art, including many paintings by Sir Sidney Nolan, the work of 19th century settlers such as George Washington Lambert and records of Aboriginal culture through the lens of photographer Axel Poignant . The museum also has some fine examples of the Abstract Expressionist and Pop Art movements; ‘Blue Poles’ by Jackson Pollock is a particularly noteworthy masterpiece.

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