MaximusSeptember 25, 2009
After what seems like an absolute age, this weekend we’ll have the City Gallery open once more.
Having not seen many pictures or plans, I’ve little idea what is going on inside the doors, so can tell you nothing: you’ll have seen the many hyped up articles on the exhibitions inside and Cafe Nikau has already reopened, but I’m still unsure as to exactly what has changed within. No invites to the Fish have come flying through the mail, so I’ll not be at the opening brunch party, although the whole of Wellington have been invited along in the weekend for an all day Civic Square function with bands, art, and resplendent new architecture.
I do hear tell that the Hirshfeld Gallery is doubled in size (which, to be honest, wouldn’t be hard as it was so damn small: perhaps they have even tripled it in size), and the opening hall is longer and taller and should be far more impressive if my glimpse through the windows was correct. No doubt there will be a surfeit of dots, and perhaps even a darkened dotty chamber, but perhaps the best thing may be a new theatre space – again a rumoured doubling in size and hopefully without the squeaky floorboards this time. If there is one thing that was made obvious by the triple bill event last week of Shigeru Ban et al, it is that Wellington needs a decent arts function venue with modern projection and catering facilities. Let’s hope that the new Wellington City Gallery lives up to all our dreams. Write and tell us what you think.