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The Australian art world is having a growth spurt. In Brisbane, a $65 million museum is under construction, augmenting and vastly extending the reach of the Queensland Art Gallery, home to the Asia Pacific Triennial. Down south, a whole new commercial-gallery district has sprung up in Sydney, while, most auspiciously, in Melbourne an ambitious expansion of the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), involving both a major renovation and a new museum building, is nearly complete. Reopening in December, the original NGV has been given a $100 million overhaul by Milanese design maestro Mario Bellini in collaboration with local architectural team Métier 3. The exterior facade of the renamed “NGV International” has been retained, but the interior exhibition space has been increased by nearly 25 percent. Opening with a slew of shows that includes an exhibition curated in-house by Jason Smith and

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