Gallery upgrades and exhibitions open at the Papua New Guinea National Museum and Art Gallery

14 November 2018

The Architectus designed gallery upgrades and exhibitions at the Papua New Guinea National Museum and Art Gallery were recently opened by the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne and the PNG Minister for Tourism, Arts & Culture Emil Tammur.

The original 1974 building by Martin Fowler created dynamic gallery spaces using robust off form concrete, blockwork, and a dramatic sweeping roof on a draped steel cable structure. Our intention was to reveal the qualities of the original building by stripping the spaces back to the original and then only adding new materials where needed. The gallery and exhibition design respects and celebrates the social and cultural significance of the objects on display as well as their material qualities.

The design aims to contribute to the transformation of NMAG into a vibrant cultural hub that is welcoming and familiar. Architectus Director Stephen Long and project leader Stephanie Donigi have enjoyed collaborating with the museum and look forward to Papua New Guineans feeling empowered by their many stories celebrated in the refurbished spaces.

Images by Old Plantation.