Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art
Brisbane, Australia
Until 27 May 2007

Viet Linh, 'Me Thao, Once upon a Time' (still) (2002)

Me Thao, Once upon a Time (still) (2002)
Image courtesy: Giai Phong Film Studio, Vietnam

The Asia–Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT) is the Queensland Art Gallery’s flagship international contemporary art event. Established in 1993, it is the only major series of exhibitions in the world to focus exclusively on the contemporary art of Asia and the Pacific, including Australia.

The fifth APT (APT5) will be the opening exhibition at the new Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) — the Queensland Art Gallery’s much-anticipated second building, which will be the largest gallery of modern art in Australia. APT5 will also be shown in the original Gallery building, with displays across both sites making the exhibition twice the scale of previous Triennials.

APT5 will include around 270 works by 37 individual artists, filmmakers and performers, as well as two multi-artist projects. Highlights will include numerous commissioned works by artists such as Ai Weiwei (China), Dinh Q Lê (Vietnam) and eX de Medici (Australia), as well as the Triennial’s strongest representation of Pacific artists to date.

Curated cinema and performance programs will bring a dynamic new dimension to APT5, exploring these media on a scale never before presented by the Triennial. 

More information on all aspects of the exhibition will be added progressively to this site in the lead-up to the public opening on 2 December 2006. Subscribe to our eNews, the Gallery’s free e-bulletin, to receive the latest information as it is released.

Collection focus

The Queensland Art Gallery is one of the few public institutions in the world to collect both contemporary Asian and Pacific art, with the Gallery’s collection of contemporary Asian art now recognised as one of the finest of its kind in the world. For APT5 the Gallery has undertaken an intensive acquisitions program, further strengthening and developing these collections. Approximately 70 per cent of works in APT5 are newly acquired works.

Curatorial team

APT5 has been curated by a team of Queensland Art Gallery curators. They have travelled extensively throughout the region, consulting with artists and a broad network of colleagues.

APT5 curatorial team:

Doug Hall, AM, Director
Lynne Seear, Assistant Director, Curatorial and Collection Development
Andrew Clark, Assistant Director, Public Programs
Suhanya Raffel, Head of Asian, Pacific and International Art
Julie Ewington, Head of Australian Art
Kathryn Weir, Head of Cinema
Maud Page, Curator, Contemporary Pacific Art
Sarah Tiffin, Curator, Historical Asian Art
Don Heron, Head of Exhibitions and Display 

Previous APTs

Since the first Triennial in 1993, more than half a million people have visited the APT exhibitions, peaking with more than 220 000 visitors to APT 2002. Reflecting the diversity of the Asia–Pacific region, each APT has presented a broad range of artists and their works.

For more information on past APTs, please click below:

APT 2002 (2002)
APT 3 (1999)
APT 2 (1996)
APT 1 (1993)

Australian Centre of Asia–Pacific Art

Research supporting the Gallery’s Asian and Pacific activities is undertaken by the Gallery’s Australian Centre of Asia–Pacific Art (ACAPA). The Centre also drives the professional development and publishing activities of the Gallery’s Asia–Pacific focus. The comprehensive publication which will accompany APT5 will be produced under the auspices of ACAPA.