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Exhibitions

The Gallery aims to present a diverse range of exhibitions and Collection displays of local, national and international artists across both buildings. 

In addition to presenting exclusive international blockbuster exhibitions, the Gallery has two flagship triennials. The ‘Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ is the only major series of exhibitions in the world to focus exclusively on the contemporary art of Asia and the Pacific. A more recent initiative of the Gallery is ‘Contemporary Australia’ which is a national triennial series of thematic contemporary Australian art.

The Gallery also presents travelling exhibitions to regional and remote centres of the state to ensue that all Queenslanders have access to the Collection.

David Lynch: Between Two Worlds

David Lynch: Between Two Worlds

14 March – 7 June 2015 | GOMA | Ticketed
‘David Lynch: Between Two Worlds’ is a rare opportunity to consider Lynch’s entire creative vision and the relationships between his practice as a artist, filmmaker and musician. Read more

Michael Parekowhai: The Promised Land

Michael Parekowhai: The Promised Land

28 March – 21 June 2015 | GOMA | Free
‘Michael Parekowhai: The Promised Land’ is a major exhibition of one of New Zealand’s leading contemporary artists, featuring spectacular new works and key loans alongside a selection from the Gallery’s own Collection. Read more

The Founding Years 1895–1915: A Collection for Queensland

The Founding Years 1895–1915: A Collection for Queensland

28 March – 14 June 2015
2015 marks 120 years since the founding of the Queensland National Art Gallery, now QAGOMA. An exhibition of works acquired in the first two decades of the Gallery’s establishment offers a fascinating insight into the individuals who defined our earliest art collections, as well as a glimpse into the years preceding World War One, in which a sense of local and national identity was rapidly forming. Read more

Creative Generation

Creative Generation

18 April – 12 July 2015
This annual exhibition showcases the outstanding achievements of senior visual art students from schools throughout Queensland. Read more

Yayoi Kusama 'The obliteration room'

Yayoi Kusama 'The obliteration room'

6 December 2014 – 19 April 2015 | Children’s Art Centre, GOMA | Free
Enter the colourful world of leading contemporary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama and ‘obliterate’ an Australian domestic space by adding dot stickers to the white furniture, objects and surfaces in The obliteration room. This installation coincides with ‘We can make another future: Japanese art after 1989’. Read more

Journey to Fantastic Lands

Journey to Fantastic Lands

From 8 November 2014 | Children’s Art Centre, GOMA | Free
Explores the way artists use their imagination to bring to life fantastical worlds that are full of adventure and mystery. Incorporating multimedia interactive activities, animation and artworks from the Gallery’s Collection, this exhibition invites children to come on a journey of discovery and create their own magical land. Read more

Sublime: Contemporary works from the Collection

Sublime: Contemporary works from the Collection

30 August 2014 – 24 May 2015 | QAG | Free
‘Sublime: Contemporary works from the Collection’ features artists that create effects of wonder and uncertainty by engaging with sacred architectures, sublime geometries and the power of the natural world. Read more

Terrain: Indigenous Australian Objects and Representations

Terrain: Indigenous Australian Objects and Representations

10 May 2014 – 6 September 2015 | GOMA | Free
The land and its natural features can wield powerful aesthetic and cultural influences on Australia’s Indigenous artists. ‘Terrain’ explores these relationships through the colours, textures, lines and forms of their works in the Gallery’s Collection. Read more

We can make another future: Japanese art after 1989

We can make another future: Japanese art after 1989

6 September 2014 – 20 September 2015 | GOMA | Free
‘We can make another future: Japanese art after 1989’ surveys the art of Heisei, the current era in the Japanese imperial calendar, through the presentation of around 100 works by over 40 contemporary Japanese artists. Read more

Island Currents

Island Currents

4 October 2014 – 1 November 2015 | QAG | Free
‘Island Currents’ is a celebration of the land, sea and sky of north Queensland. Monumental and vibrant paintings by women of Bentinck Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria are displayed together with various performance objects by artists of the Torres Strait. Read more