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Complete access: Art Gallery's radical vision

Tuesday, 1 October 2013
Author: Liam Mannix, Indaily
A child opening a drawer to view exhibits at the Multiversity Gallery, UBC Museum of Anthropology, in Vancouver, Canada.

A child opening a drawer to view exhibits at the Multiversity Gallery, UBC Museum of Anthropology, in Vancouver, Canada.
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In the near future, viewing the Art Gallery's complete collection could be as simple as opening a drawer. That's what the Art Gallery and its director Nick Mitzevich are imagining for the art discovery centre they're proposing for the site of the old Royal Adelaide The new centre would show the gallery's entire 65,000-piece collection.

To put that in perspective, currently only 1 to 2 per cent of the collection are shown at the Art Gallery on North Terrace.

To show the entire collection, Mitzevich is planning to turn to drawers - like those in the Multiversity Gallery in Vancouver, Canada (pictured above).

"All the holdings that the gallery has in its collection would be available for viewing by the public," Mitzevich told InDaily.

"Paintings would be on racks that would pull out, works on paper would be in cabinets and drawers, ceramics would be in glass cases, not beautifully displayed as you might see them in a gallery but instead of looking at one Japanese tea bowl in a glass cabinet you might be able to get 50.

"It would be like a sophisticated storehouse that was safe for the objects and for the public.

"Imagine pulling out a draw and seeing a (Spanish painter Francisco) Goya or a Rembrandt print.

"Imagine having a look at... the 2000 works that we hold by (early Australian watercolour artist) Hans Heysen in our study drawers.

"There are elements of the collection where we have extraordinary depth. Colonial South Australian works, the works of Hans Heysen, the works of (early Australian painter) Mortimer Menpes, a very significant collection of early South Australian photography.

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