10 July 2011
Last updated at 08:50
The £6.5m new National Museum of Art, showcasing Welsh and Welsh-owned art, opens to the public in Cardiff on Saturday. Six new galleries, known as the West Wing, will highlight the museum's collection of modern and contemporary art
The development gives the museum nearly 800 sq m (8,600sq ft) more space to show the strength and range of art produced in Wales and internationally since the 1950s. The display includes Counter Culture II by Common Culture, pictured here
Work by Tim Davies, who will represent Wales at this year’s Venice Biennale of Art 2011, will be shown in the form of a series of postcards examining the concept of Welsh identity.
John Cale's exhibition Dyddiau Du/Dark Days, produced for the Venice Biennale of Art 2009, will be on show in a nearby gallery. The five-screen installation explores Cale's recollections of his childhood in Wales.
Also on display is The Communist by Evan Walters, of Llangyfelach near Swansea, one of a number of artists who painted scenes inspired by the inter-war coal mining communities of the south Wales valleys
The programme for the next two years will highlight work from the museum's collection of more than 40,000 works
The museum hopes to boost its profile abroad
"Our mission is to inspire the creativity of future generations; these galleries are a vital part of that strategy," said National Museums and Galleries of Wales director general David Anderson. Pictured: Untitled (Proposal for a Social Centre) by Manon Awst & Benjamin Walther
Entry to the museum, at Cathays Park, Cardiff, is free. Pictured: Paul Davies's Welsh Not Performance, from the National Eisteddfod in Wrexham in 1977