Water

07 Dec 2019 – 26 Apr 2020
GOMA | Gallery 1.1 The Fairfax Gallery, Gallery 1.2, Gallery 1.3 Eric & Marion Taylor Gallery | Ticketed

Walk across a vast, rocky 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 in Brisbane’s summer heat; traverse a cloud of suspended gymnastic rings in a participatory artwork by William Forsythe; view the tidal currents rise and fall around Angela Tiatia; reflect on the cultural traditions of bodies of water, including the Brisbane River, with Judy Watson; and on the long history of our reliance on water through Megan Cope’s re-created midden... and so much more!

When ‘Water’ opens this summer at GOMA, visitors are invited to explore this vital element which sustains all forms of life on Earth. From major immersive experiences to smaller-scale treasures by Australian and international artists, the exhibition will highlight this precious resource and aims to spark conversations about the environmental and social challenges we face today.

Discover more about the ‘Water’ exhibition with daily guided tours of the exhibition at 11.00am commencing 9 Dec, at the Water Sundays event days with tours for kids, talks, hands-on workshops, and other related events listed below.

Plus, Up Late returns across two massive nights on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 March 2020 (Tickets on sale and line-up announced Dec 2019)

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, 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.


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..




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