The Queensland Art Gallery has unveiled its newly reconfigured Australian art collection with a display of more than 200 historical and contemporary works.
An exciting reimagining of the Australian collection is now open. Gallery curators, along with Director Chris Saines, have taken the opportunity to re-present the Gallery’s Australian art holdings, collected for more than 120 years, in new and innovative ways. Director Chris Saines unveiled the newly reconfigured spaces on Friday morning in front of Brisbane’s media.
The reconfigured spaces capture major historical moments from first contact to colonisation and exploration to immigration. Bringing the Indigenous and contemporary Australian collections together with the Gallery’s historical holdings, the display emphasises stories about Queensland and Brisbane from the region’s own perspective.
Major new contemporary works by Helen Johnson, Daniel Boyd, Dale Harding, Alick Tipoti and Sonja Carmichael will feature among celebrated and iconic pieces by Gordon Bennett, Arthur Boyd, Rupert Bunny, William Dobell, Ian Fairweather, Ethel Carrick Fox, R Godfrey Rivers, Sam Fullbrook, Vida Lahey, Sidney Nolan and many more.
Also introduced at the media preview was the Australian Collection Hub, an interactive space with digital touchscreens where audiences can access more information about specific artworks and artists.
‘In a very exciting development, we’ve also returned QAG’s exhibition spaces as closely as possible to the original vision of architect Robin Gibson AO. We’ve opened up windows, removed many temporary walls, and created new exhibition display furnishing and seating to complement Gibson’s design.
Visit this newly reimagined space at the Queensland Art Gallery at Brisbane’s Cultural Centre today.
Where – Queensland Art Gallery
When – now open permanently
Price – Free
Website – www.qagoma.qld.gov.au