Some places must feel they have to have an art gallery in order to qualify as a city. Perhaps this explains the disappointment I felt visiting the Auckland Art Gallery
Apart from one short corridor of lovely Japanese woodcuts, some Maori art and portraits, the rest is quite mediocre. The whole ground floor is given over to New Zealand modern artists who seem to specialise in guilt-art and sneering at the middle classes who no doubt funded the gallery through their taxes. None of these pieces are coherent without the presence of little plaques explaining what these self-indulgent daubings are supposed to represent.
The top floor has some international and classical art, but it's all jumbled together without the benefit on any additional information. I suppose it's not considered 'important' because you can tell what it is. Overall, the building is more impressive than the contents and the gift shop is more interesting. Save yourself the walk up the hill.
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