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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.

Harvest

Harvest

28 June – 21 September 2014 | GOMA | Free
‘Harvest’ explores the production, consumption and symbolism of food. It takes as a point of departure colonial legacies and globalisation, labour and consumption in relation to the food industry. Read more

Hiraki Sawa: O

Hiraki Sawa: O

19 July 2014 – 15 February 2015 | GOMA | Free
Hiraki Sawa’s video works are subtle reflections on ideas of time and motion, travel and dislocation. O 2009 is a beautiful and thought-provoking video and sound installation Read more

Trace: Performance and its Documents

Trace: Performance and its Documents

Until 27 July 2014 | GOMA | Free
This exhibition looks at varying forms of performativity — feats of endurance, repetitive actions, shamanistic rituals and vaudevillian acts. Spanning an array of cultural contexts, the works in ‘Trace’ range from the sublime to the out-and-out funny. Read more

Seen + Heard: Works and Multiples from the Collection

Seen + Heard: Works and Multiples from the Collection

Until 3 August 2014 | GOMA | Free
The exhibition, 'Seen + Heard: Works and Multiples from the Collection' draws on major original artworks, installations and multiples (numbered editions) from the Gallery’s Collection, which address crossovers between popular culture, music, sound and visual art. Read more

Ah Xian: Heavy Wounds

Ah Xian: Heavy Wounds

Until 28 September 2014 | Watermall, QAG | Free
This exhibition presents an important suite of early paintings by Chinese-born Australian artist Ah Xian, best known for his sculptural busts in porcelain, lacquer and bronze. Generously gifted to the Gallery by the artist and other donors, the works in this display largely draw on the iconography of socialist realist first aid posters issued during the Cultural Revolution (1966–76) to convey experiences of trauma and the process of healing. Read more

Sam Fullbrook: Delicate Beauty

Sam Fullbrook: Delicate Beauty

Until 10 August 2014 | Glencore Queensland Artists’ Gallery, QAG | Free
Sam Fullbrook was one of the Australia’s finest painters in the period after World War Two. The Gallery holds a significant group of works by Fullbrook and will build on these by borrowing from public and private collections, especially local collections, to mount this exhibition — the first since 1995 to offer a considered perspective on Fullbrook’s work. Read more

Jemima Wyman Pattern Bandits

Jemima Wyman Pattern Bandits

Until 2 November 2014 | Children’s Art Centre, GOMA | Free
Los Angeles-based Australian artist Jemima Wyman shares her interests in the relationships between pattern, people and architecture with young visitors through the immersive exhibition ‘Pattern Bandits’. Read more

Terrain: Indigenous Australian Objects and Representations

Terrain: Indigenous Australian Objects and Representations

Until 6 September 2015 | GOMA | Free admission
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

Glass from the Collection

Glass from the Collection

QAG | Free
In this diverse selection of works, we can appreciate the magical qualities of glass still apparent in the play of light: transmitted, reflected and refracted. Read more

Collection Displays

Collection Displays

QAG | Free
The Australian galleries are arranged in chronological order, but they reveal the multiple, and often contradictory, stories characterising the history of Australian art.
Key works from the International Collection are included in a newly contextualised display.
The Asian Collection provides opportunities to explore key themes and influences in the arts of Asia while drawing attention to the intersecting cultural histories in the region. Read more