Water

07 Dec 2019 – 23 Mar 2020
GOMA | Gallery 1.1 The Fairfax Gallery, Gallery 1.2, Gallery 1.3 Eric & Marion Taylor Gallery

‘Water’ was unable to remain open to its original advertised end date 26 April 2020 due to the Gallery closure in response to COVID-19.


Be part of something extraordinary. Walk across a vast, rocky, indoor riverbed created by Olafur Eliasson. See animals from around the world gather together to drink from Cai Guo-Qiang’s brilliant blue waterhole. Gaze at Peter Fischli and David Weiss’s snowman, frozen despite Brisbane’s summer heat. Reflect on the cultural traditions of bodies of water, including the Brisbane River, with Judy Watson; and consider the long history of our reliance on water, illustrated by Megan Cope’s re-created midden.

From major immersive experiences to smaller-scale treasures by Australian and international artists, ‘Water’ highlights this precious resource and aims to spark conversations on the environmental and social challenges faced by the world today.


Megan Cope, Quandamooka people, Australia b.1982 / RE FORMATION 2019 / Hand-cast concrete oyster shells, copper slag, foam support structure / Dimensions variable / © and image courtesy: Megan Cope.

Angela Tiatia, New Zealand/Australia b.1973 / Holding On (still) 2015

Angela Tiatia, New Zealand/Australia b.1973 / Holding On (still) 2015 / © Angela Tiatia / Courtesy: Sullivan + Strumpf Gallery, Sydney.

Olafur Eliasson, Denmark b.1967 / Riverbed (detail) 2014 / Collection: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark / © Olafur Eliasson / Courtesy: The artist; neugerriemschneider, Berlin; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York/Los Angeles / Photograph: Iwan Baan.

William Forsythe, America, b.1949 / The Fact of Matter 2009 / Site-specific installation comprising gym rings, fabric straps, gym mat and truss system / 'William Forsythe: The Fact of Matter', Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 2015 / © and image courtesy: William Forsythe / Photograph: Dominik Mentzos..


Dive deeper with guided tours of the exhibition at 11.00am every day from 9 December, and at the Water Sundays events with tours for kids, talks and hands-on workshops. See below for other exhibition related events.

Up Late will return across two massive nights on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 March 2020. View the line-up and read more.

Purchase tickets in advance online or at the exhibition ticket desk until 4.00pm during the exhibition period.
Artwork conditions of entry
Olafur Eliasson Riverbed 2014
Visitors must wear footwear at all times (no bare feet). Appropriate footwear is recommended.
William Forsythe The Fact of Matter 2009
For safety reasons, this artwork has height (110cm), weight and age restrictions. Children 12 and under require full adult supervision. Appropriate footwear is recommended. Participants must be in good health and free from any potentially adverse medical conditions.



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Works in this exhibition are protected under the Australian Government’s Protection of Cultural Objects on Loan Act 2013. Find out more