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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.

Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion

Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion

1 November 2014 – 15 February 2015 | GOMA | Ticketed
‘Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion’ explores the tremendous innovation of Japanese fashion designers from the early 1980s to the present. With nearly 100 garments featured in the exhibition, ranging from the classic and elegant to outrageous, this will be a fascinating experience and rare opportunity to view these unique creations first hand. 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

Tracey Moffatt: Spirited | In the Gallery and on TV

Tracey Moffatt: Spirited | In the Gallery and on TV

25 October 2014 – 8 February 2015 | GOMA | Free
‘Tracey Moffatt: Spirited’ showcases her recent body of work, ‘Spirit Landscapes’ 2013, together with the premiere of a new video work featuring Moffatt as a television talk show host. 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

Hiraki Sawa: O

Hiraki Sawa: O

19 July 2014 – 15 March 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

Madonna Staunton: Out of a Clear Blue Sky

Madonna Staunton: Out of a Clear Blue Sky

30 August 2014 – 1 March 2015 | QAG | Free

Beginning with her earliest colour field abstracts of the 1960s, ‘Out of a clear blue sky’ searches through Staunton’s whole career for preludes and connections to her return to painting Read more

Hanga: Modern Japanese prints

Hanga: Modern Japanese prints

16 August 2014 – 26 April 2015 | QAG | Free
‘Hanga: Modern Japanese prints’ features works by some of the leading Japanese printmakers. This exhibition showcases over sixty works from the Gallery’s collection of Japanese prints created after 1950. 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