QAGOMA launches its 2020 program this summer with a significant thematic exhibition on the centrality of water to human life globally, exploring water’s cultural, ecological and political dimensions.

Program highlights in 2020 include a major solo exhibition celebrating the work of Japanese-born, Berlin-based contemporary artist Chiharu Shiota, a spotlight on the artistic legacies of two of Queensland’s greats, Mavis Ngallametta (1944–2019) and Gordon Bennett (1955–2014), followed by a survey of the work of leading Australian photographer and performance artist William Yang.

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From major immersive experiences to smaller-scale treasures by Australian and international artists, the ‘Water‘ exhibition highlights this precious resource. 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, and reflect on the long history of our reliance on water through Megan Cope’s re-created midden.

Below the Tide Line

Kids and families can explore ocean conservation issues — particularly the impact that ghost nets have on the marine environment — via a spectacular artwork display, a drawing activity and an interactive screen-based animation. Find out more

The Noise of Waters

See films that explore our complex and contradictory relationship with water — the essence of life and an indefatigable, destructive force. Find out more

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Chiharu Shiota, Japan b.1972 / In Silence 2002/2019 / Burnt piano, burnt chair, Alcantara black thread / © Chiharu Shiota / Production support: Alcantara S.p.A. / Courtesy: Kenji Taki Gallery, Nagoya/Tokyo / Installation view: ‘Shiota Chiharu: The Soul Trembles’, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, 2019 / Photo: Sunhi Mang / Photo courtesy: Mori Art Museum, Tokyo

Chiharu Shiota

GOMA is the exclusive Australian venue for ‘Chiharu Shiota: The Soul Trembles’, a touring exhibition from Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum that highlights twenty five years of Shiota’s practice across large-scale installation, sculpture, video performance, photography and drawing.

Shiota is known internationally for her transformative installations constructed from millions of fine threads and works that express the intangible: memories, anxiety, dreams and silence. ‘The Soul Trembles’ is the largest solo exhibition of Shiota’s work to date.

Mavis Ngallametta, Kugu-Uwanh people, Putch clan, Australia 1944–2019 / Little swamp on the way to Obun 2018 / Natural pigments and charcoal with acrylic binder on linen / 271 x 200 cm / Purchased 2018. Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Estate of the artist

Mavis Ngallametta

An elder of the Putch clan and a cultural leader of the Wik and Kugu people of Aurukun, Mavis Ngallametta was one of the most well regarded senior community-based artists in Australia. She made a profound contribution to arts and culture nationally before her passing in 2019.

Mavis Ngallametta: Show Me the Way to Go Home’ will be the first major survey of the artist’s work, a celebration of Ngallametta’s art and life, it will feature many large-scale paintings of her country in and around Aurukun in Far North Queensland.

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Gordon Bennett, Australia 1955-2014 / The Coming of the Light 1987 / Synthetic polymer paint on canvas / Two parts: 152 x 137cm (each); 152 x 274cm (overall) / Gift of Leanne and Caitlin Bennett in memory of and admiration for Gordon Bennett through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation 2016. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © The Estate of Gordon Bennett

Gordon Bennett

Gordon Bennett also made a significant contribution to contemporary art in Australia, and internationally, a prominent and critically engaged artist before his unexpected death in 2014. ‘Unfinished Business: The Art of Gordon Bennett’ explores the artist’s interdisciplinary practice from his art school years in the late 1980s through to 2014.

With rarely and never-before-seen paintings, installations and drawings, ‘Unfinished Business’ highlight Bennett’s passionate, ongoing interrogation of society and the impact of history and world views on the way individuals and cultures are understood. Additionally the exhibition will shed light on the importance of drawing as part of Bennett’s creative process.

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William Yang, Australia b.1943 / Cate Blanchett. The Star in Her Dressing Room. After Hedda Gabler. Wharf Theatre, Sydney 2004 / Digital print / Collection and ©: William Yang

William Yang

Queensland-born, Sydney-based photographer William Yang’s significant contribution to Australian photography spans five decades. Known for his reflective and joyous depictions of Australia’s LGBTQI scene in the late 70s and 80s through to the present. Yang’s photography is informed by the cultural and political pressures of growing up as a gay man from a Chinese immigrant family in north Queensland.

This exhibition ‘William Yang‘ is a major survey of Yang’s work, which will trace his career from documentary photography through to explorations of cultural and sexual identities and his depictions of landscape. He integrates a photographic practice with writing, video and performance. The exhibition will present a newly commissioned spoken word live performance. 

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Touring Programs

In 2020 the Gallery’s regional touring program will take ‘Patricia Piccinini on Tour’ and ‘Island Fashion on Tour’ to venues throughout the state.

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Feature image: Chiharu Shiota, Japan b.1972 / Uncertain Journey 2016/2019 / Metal frame, red wool / © Chiharu / Shiota / Courtesy: Blain | Southern, London/Berlin/New York / Installation view: ‘Shiota Chiharu: The Soul Trembles’, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, 2019 / Photo: Sunhi Mang / Photo courtesy: Mori Art Museum, Tokyo.


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