Sydney at night! Amadeus at the Opera House! Art in Sydney! (What’s that? Oh no, no, we don’t get excited about many things!) But, sadly, this is the last of our Sydney posts for a while, as we head off to Canberra, Melbourne, and New Zealand’s North Island for six weeks before returning.
What an enjoyable city Sydney is!! There is so much to see and do, and the people are very friendly. Amadeus was stupendous, and starred the versatile British actor, Michael Sheen, as Salieri. We have seen him in many movies, but it seemed as though he fit into the role of Salieri very easily. As you will see, the stage setting was minimal, but that lent itself to the characters being all the more important.
Our day in the Art Gallery of New South Wales was so enjoyable! We had never visited, and the original building alone held many new treats for our eyes. What we found most interesting was that new and old, paintings and photographs and sculptures – were all placed adjacent to one another. It was nice to see the variety, which most museums do not undertake. Then, we walked over to the new wing, and our pleasure tripled. As you will see in the photos, the Welcome Plaza has giants to do its welcoming. When you enter the building, it is all glass and brightness and just a huge spaciousness. Glorious! The wing contains a lot of aboriginal art and very interesting pieces. It was built over a WWII underground oil bunker, now called The Tank, whose first subterranean installation is called The End of Imagination, by Adrian Villar Rojas and involved stumbling around in near- and total darkness. We can’t wait to see what the next iteration of artwork in The Tank will be. That will be on the next trip to Australia.
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