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The 3rd Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT3)


Cai Guo Qiang | China b.1957 | Blue dragon & bridge crossing Project for the Third Asia-Pacific Triennial 1999 | Collection: The artist

Cai Guo Qiang, 'Blue dragon and bridge crossing - Project for the Third Asia-Pacific Triennial', 1999

Cai Guo Qiang
Blue dragon and bridge crossing - Project for the Third Asia-Pacific Triennial 1999
Installation at the Third Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery
Collection: The artist
Photograph: Richard Stringer

The 'Third Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art' (APT3)  was presented by the Queensland Art Gallery from 9 September 1999 to 26 January 2000 and attracted an audience of 155 000 people.

Opening week events attracted an audience of 16 000 and encompassed an intensive program of performances, artists' talks, public programs and discussions.

Art works by more than 77 artists from 20 countries and regions were included in APT3 around the central theme 'Beyond the Future'. The art covered a range of media including performance, sculpture, painting, installation, textile, video, new technology and photography. Artists were from Japan, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, India, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Australia and, for the first time, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Niue, and Wallis and Futuna Islands.

APT3 included a strong emphasis on artists whose work crossed boundaries between past and future and between craft,  tradition and contemporary art. Many of the works invited audience interaction while artistic collaborations across cultures and art forms featured strongly.

New components of the Triennial included the APT3 website and the Virtual Triennial presented in partnership with MAAP99-Multimedia Art Asia Pacific. The Screen Culture program included short films, video works and animation, and the APT Lounge provided a reading and research area for visitors.

 Visit the APT3 exhibition website.