National museum embraces art

NATIONAL Museum Cardiff has opened the final phase of its National Museum of Art, with the launch of six new contemporary art galleries.

One of the contemporary art galleries in the National Museum of Art’s new West Wing.

One of the contemporary art galleries in the National Museum of Art’s new West Wing.

The West Wing, which houses the galleries, is the biggest space of its kind in Wales, providing an extra 40% of space to show the strength and range of art produced in Wales since the 1950s.
Previously, the museum had only one gallery to display its range of modern art, one of the UK’s most important collections.
The West Wing opening completes a £6.5 million transformation of the building’s top floor into a dedicated art museum that began in 2007.
Works on display in other galleries include Tudor pieces, European paintings of the 16th and 17th centuries and masterpieces of Impressionism.
There are also plans for the ground floor of the museum to be developed into a dedicated natural history collection. Entry to the museum and its exhibitions is free.

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