A Private Collection – Artist's Choice: Michael Zavros
Installation view: A Private Collection – Artist's Choice: Michael Zavros | Installation view art work captions
Michael Zavros, Australia b.1974 | Unicorn in the anticamera 2008 | Oil on board | Purchased 2009. The Queensland Government's Gallery of Modern Art Acquisitions Fund | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | © The artist
The publication A Private Collection – Artist's Choice: Michael Zavros is a beautiful guide to the works on display.
23 March – 23 June 2013 | Xstrata Coal Queensland Artists' Gallery (Gallery 14), Queensland Art Gallery (QAG)
10.00am — 5.00pm Monday to Friday
9.00am — 5.00pm Saturday and Sunday
9.00am — 5.00pm Public Holidays
Closed: Good Friday (29 March)
12noon — 5.00pm: Anzac Day (25 April)
Continuing the Artist's Choice series of exhibitions, Brisbane-based artist Michael Zavros was invited to work with the Gallery's Collection. Taking his own seductive, realist painting — Unicorn in the anticamera 2008 — as his point of departure, Zavros has cast contemporary beauty, decadence and ego in terms of possessions.
Works in a variety of media have been reimagined as the domestic trappings of an opulent designer lifestyle, representing a distinctive and successful character.
The Gallery gratefully acknowledges the Queensland Museum for the loan of several works in this exhibition.
An exhibition publication is available for purchase from the QAGOMA store and online.
Programs and Events
Curators In Conversation
3.00pm Saturday 23 March, QAG Lecture Theatre
Join Michael Zavros in conversation with Peter McKay, Curator, Contemporary Australian Art, QAGOMA.
My Gen 50+ Conversations with curators: Artist's Choice
2.30pm Wednesday 8 May | Lecture Theatre, QAG
Join Peter McKay, Curator, Contemporary Australian Art, QAGOMA, for an informal conversation to discuss the exhibition 'Artist's Choice: Michael Zavros', where you are welcome to ask questions along the way. For more information on the Gallery's My Gen 50+ program , please click here. Free, no bookings required.
Mother's Day Performance
2.00pm Sunday 12 May, QAG
Enjoy a live music performance in the Gallery this Mother's Day with a special repertoire selected by Michael Zavros.
Australian band RUSH (lead by vocalist Leah Rush) is recognized for their unique, powerful, velvety vocal sound. As a collective, the band is credited with performances at the Paris Jazz Festival, appearances in London and Ireland with an eight piece soul band, touring with Jamiroquai, touring as backing vocalist with artists such as Stan Walker and Marcia Hines, residencies in 5 star hotels throughout Asia, as well as regular corporate performances throughout Australia and local venues and hotels in Brisbane. Free, no bookings required.
International Museum Day - Recontextualizing objects
1.30pm Saturday 18 May | Lecture Theatre, QAG
Join Michael Zavros in conversation with Alison Hill, Senior Preparator from the Queensland Museum on International Museum Day, and find out how some of the museum objects in the Artist’s Choice exhibition have been recontextualised. Free, no bookings required.
Mirroring Michael Zavros’s recasting of the Xstrata Coal gallery space as home to a distinguished private collector, this publication continues the fiction at the heart of the third Artist’s Choice exhibition. As Zavros explained, ‘I wanted to create a new context for works from the Collection, and offer the objects new life and meaning, by shifting them from a museum to a domestic space.’ With photography modelled on the style of a lavish interior decorating magazine, and captions imagining the collector’s life and adventures, A Private Collection – Artist's Choice: Michael Zavros is a beautiful guide to the works on display. Available late April. Purchase your signed copy today.