Watch our video to go behind the scenes of Thor: Ragnarok

 

Working closely with the director and producer, production design teams are responsible for defining the look and feel of a film. The team is led by the Production Designer, who oversees the artists and designers tasked with translating the design concepts into physical costumes, props, sets and locations.

This video offers insights into these processes for the upcoming film Thor: Ragnarok 2017. Featured are Production Designer Dan Hennah, Conceptual Designer Director Ra Vincent, Head of Sculpture Chris McMahon and Head of Scenic Chris Williams.

You can see the model for the city of Sakaar, Hulk’s skull bed and the majestic Asgardian throne room and more at GOMA until 3 September during ‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe‘.

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Go behind the scenes to experience more than 500 unique objects seen in your favourite films which offer a glimpse into the work of production designers, storyboarding and pre‑visualisation artists, costume and prop designers, and visual effects artists alongside the original comic books which introduced the characters and influenced the films.

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Only showing at GOMA in Brisbane until 3 September 2017. Organised by QAGOMA in collaboration with Marvel Entertainment / © 2017 Marvel

Watch how we install Hulk’s bed from Thor: Ragnarok

 

Thor: Ragnarok 2017 is the upcoming film in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and Hulk’s bed located in the capital city of Sakaar, currently features in ‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’.

Imprisoned on the other side of the universe, the mighty Thor finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against the Hulk, his former ally and fellow Avenger. Filmed from July to October 2016 in Queensland and Sydney, with the film having exclusive use of Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast, this is a rare opportunity to see the skull bed before its movie release this October.

Hulk’s bed was made by Marvel Studio’s sculpture department on the Gold Coast, led by Chris McMahon (Head of Sculpture) together with Dan Aird (2Ic Sculptor), sculptors Amelia Batchelor, Anke Nickel, Michael Taylor, Peter Rudd, Stuart Bowmon, Chris Geissman and Domenico Intelisano. The surface finish was completed by Marvel Studio’s scenic department, led by Chris Williams (Head of Scenic), Mark Kennedy (2Ic Scenic Artist), Kane Low (Scenic Forman), Kylie Simmers (Painter) and Nicola Geldenhuis (Brush Hand).

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Go behind the scenes to experience more than 500 unique objects seen in your favourite films which offer a glimpse into the work of production designers, storyboarding and pre‑visualisation artists, costume and prop designers, and visual effects artists alongside the original comic books which introduced the characters and influenced the films.

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Only showing at GOMA in Brisbane until 3 September 2017. Organised by QAGOMA in collaboration with Marvel Entertainment / © 2017 Marvel

Super Heroes and Gods are drawn to Brisbane

 

The Marvel Universe is a collective space where characters, whether street-level heroes or gods, interact while vigorously defending the social order against those who seek to disrupt and destroy it. Join Spider-Man, Ant-Man, Captain America, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor and their allies and adversaries from the pages of Marvel Comics during ‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’.

Over the opening weekend Marvel fans were able to experience a range talks, in-conversations and panel discussions on the diverse topic of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Now you can watch these and immerse yourself into the world of the MCU and hopefully all those questions you have floating around in your head will be answered.

The super Hero is within you

International author and critic Glen Weldon discusses the rise of the comic book film adaptation and the Marvel phenomena. Weldon is a contributor to the ‘Pop Culture Happy Hour’ podcast on US National Public Radio and has written extensively on comic culture and Super Heroes.


What is the connection between Comics and the Real World?

Scott Stephens, host of ABC Radio National’s ‘The Minefield’ leads a panel of writers, journalists and artists in a conversation that explores the rise of the super hero figure in popular culture, and its relationship to contemporary world politics.

Panellists include Professor Jason Bainbridge, Head of the School of Communication, University of South Australia; Ryan Griffen, Creator of sci-fi television series Cleverman; Dr Naja Later, Sessional Lecturer in Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne, and Sessional Academic, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne; and Dr Paul Mason, Lecturer in Art Direction, Griffith Film School, and comic book illustrator on Kid Phantom (Frew Publications).


Brett Chilman profiles his comic collection

Comic collector Brett Chilman reflects on his own history of collecting comic books, and some of his most exciting finds. Chilman has lent his comics for display in ‘The Cinematic Assembled’ room at ‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’.


Richie Dehne and Richard Mansfield discuss the creation of film props

Master duo Richie Dehne and Richard Mansfield offer an insider’s glance at production and activation of Thor’s hammer and other never-before-seen props from the highly anticipated film Thor: Ragnarok 2017. Dehne and Mansfield have worked together on a number of Marvel movies as props master and weapons master respectively.


Wayne Nichols talks about being a comic book artist and introduces his mural ‘Homage to Spider-Man’

Wayne Nichols is an acclaimed Australian comic book artist and commercial illustrator. He is best known for his work in the United States illustrating titles for Marvel Comics, IDW Publishing, and Dark Horse Comics. The Spider-Man mural commissioned for ‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’ was designed by Nichols and captures the dynamism of Spider-Man swinging through the streets of New York City. As a nod to the drawing process that still underpins comic artwork creation today, the mural has been hand-painted directly onto the wall.

Spider-Man is Marvel’s most beloved neighbourhood defender. Debuting in Amazing Fantasy 1962 #15, he joined the Super Heroes of the MCU on screen in Captain America: Civil War 2016. Watch our timelapse for a glimpse into the installation process.

Wayne Nichols / Homage to Spider-Man 2017 / Ink wall-drawing / Courtesy: The artist

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Go behind the scenes in ‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’ to experience more than 500 unique objects from your favourite films and never-before-seen objects.

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Feature image: Rodney Fuentebella / Splash panel / Keyframe for Captain America: Civil War (detail) 2016 / © 2017 MARVEL

Gerhard Richter exclusively at GOMA from October

 

The first major exhibition in Australia of work by Gerhard Richter – one of the world’s most influential artists – will show exclusively at GOMA from 14 October 2017 until 4 February 2018.

Gerhard Richter: The Life of Images’ is a rare opportunity for Australians to experience the scope of the German artist’s extraordinary practice across six decades and its influence on contemporary art. This exhibition reveals the depth and technical virtuosity of Richter, who operates between the twin poles of realism and abstraction. It highlights his endless variation of technique and inventiveness as a painter.

Amongst the 90 plus works are some of the most compelling, haunting and enigmatic images of our time. They capture Richter’s response to some of modern history’s pivotal events such as the Second World War, the horror of the holocaust and a divided post-war Germany, all of which coincided with the rapid ascendancy of the mechanically reproduced image.

Gerhard Richter Phantom Interceptors (50) 1964
Gerhard Richter, Germany b.1932 / Phantom Interceptors (50) 1964 / Oil on canvas / Froehlich Collection, Stuttgart, Germany / © Gerhard Richter 2017

‘Gerhard Richter: The Life of Images’ demonstrates the diversity and breadth of Richter’s work.

The exhibition includes intimate family portraits, large-scale abstracts and tapestries, exquisite landscapes, a new and extensive overview of the artist’s life-long archival project Atlas, and the four-part abstract series, Birkenau 2014.

‘The Life of Images’ features key works from the artist’s personal collection, and pre-eminent public collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; TATE, London; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; SFMOMA, San Francisco; Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden; Lenbachhaus, Munich; Art Gallery of New South Wales and National Gallery of Victoria; as well as numerous private collections in Europe and USA.

Richter, born in Germany in 1932 remained deeply committed to the exploration of the life of images in his practice. With a disarming directness, Richter’s artworks give a place to controversial events and the politics surrounding them. He is an enormously influential contemporary artist whose work confirms the ongoing relevance and power of painting as an art form.

Go on a journey from intimate and moving portraits of the artist’s children to the Birkenau suite, which weighs up questions that have privately shadowed the artist since his own childhood experience of World War Two.

Gerhard Richter Reader (804) 1994
Gerhard Richter, Germany b.1932 / Reader (804) 1994 / Oil on canvas / Collection: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA. Purchase through the gifts of Mimi and Peter Haas and Helen and Charles Schwab, and the Accessions Committee Fund: Barbara and Gerson Bakar, Collectors Forum, Evelyn D. Haas, Elaine McKeon, Byron R. Meyer, Modern Art Council, Christine and Michael Murray, Nancy and Steven Oliver, Leanne B. Roberts, Madeleine H. Russell, Danielle and Brooks Walker, Jr., Phyllis C. Wattis, and Pat and Bill Wilson / © Gerhard Richter 2017

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The exhibition is supported by partners Urban Art Projects (UAP) and Griffith University.
‘Gerhard Richter: The Life of Images’ is supported by the Australian Government International Exhibitions Insurance (AGIEI) Program. This program provides funding for the purchase of insurance for significant cultural exhibitions. Without AGIEI, the high cost of insuring significant cultural items would prohibit this major exhibition from touring to Australia.
Funding for insurance has also been provided through the Queensland Government Exhibition Indemnification Scheme, administered by Arts Queensland.

Feature image: Gerhard Richter / Abstract painting (726) (detail) 1990 / Oil on canvas / 2 canvases / Collection: Tate. Purchased 1992 / © Gerhard Richter 2017

See Marvel’s unique objects for the first time

 

Marvel‘s enthusiasm and cooperation in presenting their characters in an art museum context has allowed unique objects from your favourite films to go on display in ‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’ so that you can experience up close the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Glimpse into the work of production designers, storyboarding and pre‑visualisation artists, costume and prop designers, and visual effects artists alongside the original comic books which introduced the characters and influenced the films.

Installation view of the majestic Asgardian throne room from the upcoming Marvel film Thor: Ragnarok 2017, ‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’, GOMA 2017 / Photograph: Natasha Harth © QAGOMA

The exhibition drawn from Marvel Studios’ extensive archive as well as private and public collections gives an unprecedented insight into the rich fictional world of the MCU with more than 500 objects including over 60 original costumes worn by actors including Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Evans, and Robert Downey Jr.

After filming ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ on Queensland’s Gold Coast we couldn’t think of a better location than GOMA to stage the largest Marvel exhibition ever.

Kevin Feige, Producer, Marvel Studios

Alexis Auditore, Manager, Physical Productions, Marvel Studios

Alexis Auditore, Manager, Physical Productions, Marvel Studios oversee’s the day-to-day production of Marvel Studios feature films, reshoots, camera tests and also manages Marvel Studios physical asset and warehouse team. Auditore was in Brisbane recently to supervise the installation of objects in the largest Marvel exhibition ever presented in an art museum.

As Auditore tells us in the behind-the-scenes video, some fifty percent of ‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’ has never been seen by the public before, let alone items from the set of the upcoming Marvel filmThor: Ragnarok 2017 such as the majestic Asgardian throne room and Hulk’s bed crafted locally on the Gold Coast.

We’re bringing the set from ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ to you before the film even goes on view to the world.

Alexis Auditore

Auditore’s favourite pieces within the exhibition, and not to be missed are the Asgardian throne room and Hulk’s bed from Thor: Ragnarok 2017, both these pieces have not even been seen on screen, with the film yet to be released. The Tony Stark race car from Iron Man 2 2010; and James ‘Bucky’ Barnes containment chamber from Captain America: Civil War 2016 which has never been displayed in public before.

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Installation view of Hulk’s bed from the upcoming Marvel film Thor: Ragnarok 2017, ‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’, GOMA 2017 / Photograph: Natasha Harth © QAGOMA
Installation view of Stark racing car and Tony Stark racing suit and helmet from Iron Man 2 2010, ‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’, GOMA 2017 / Photograph: Natasha Harth © QAGOMA
    Installation view of the Winter Soldier containment chamber in the ‘The Avengers’ room, ‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’, GOMA 2017 / Photograph: Natasha Harth © QAGOMA

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Feature image: Installation view of Hulk’s bed, Hulk gladiator armour; helmet, shoulder pauldron armour, axe, and hammer from the upcoming Marvel film Thor: Ragnarok, ‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’, GOMA 2017 / Photograph: Natasha Harth © QAGOMA

Aboriginal Masterworks: A legacy of Australian cultural significance

 

A major exhibition of Indigenous Australian art, ‘Sung into Being: Aboriginal Masterworks 1984-94 including more than 100 paintings and sculptures by eight Australian Aboriginal artists from the Janet Holmes à Court Collection opens at the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) from 22 July 2017.

The exhibition celebrates songs and ceremonies connected with the creation of the land, embodied by rich poetic narratives in paintings and sculptures by Australian Aboriginal artists from the Kimberley and Arnhem Land. Artists represented include Rover Joolama Thomas (c.1926–1998), Jack Wunuwun (1930–91), John Bulunbulun (1946–2010), Jack Kalakala (1925–87), Les Mirrikkuriya (1932-95), England Banggala (1925–2001) and Terry Ngamandara Wilson (1950–2011), from a creative period when these Indigenous artists were exploring new ground, and the works were acquired at the time with great foresight by Janet Holmes à Court and her husband Robert (1937–1990).

‘Sung into Being’ offers audiences a unique opportunity to access works by a seminal group of Indigenous Australian artists with an intimate knowledge of their creation stories and clan lands. The exhibition captures an intensely productive and exciting period when Aboriginal art first began to be exhibited and collected as fine art and embodies both the stylised aesthetic of the Kimberley and the colour palette and imagery of central and southern Arnhem Land.

Janet and the late Robert Holmes à Court developed their internationally renowned art collection together from the 1960s through to 1990 and Janet has continued the acquisition of works for the collection since Robert’s death. Motivated by a keen interest in Australian and Indigenous art, their resulting collection is a wonderful legacy of Australian cultural significance.

Rover Joolama Thomas, Kukatja/Wangkajunga, Australia c1926 – 1998 / The shade from the hill comes over and talks in language 1984 / Janet Holmes à Court Collection / © Rover Thomas 1984/ Licensed by Viscopy, 2017

The exhibition gives a particular focus to Rover Thomas, one of the first Indigenous Australian artists acquired for the Holmes à Court Collection. Thomas a renowned figure, forged new conventions in Aboriginal art and created new opportunities for the east Kimberley school of artists. He also opened the way for the general acceptance of Aboriginal art both nationally and internationally.

John Bulunbulun, Ganalbingu people, Australia 1946-2010 / Murrukundja Manikay (Song cycle) / Janet Holmes à Court Collection / © John Bulunbulun / Licensed by Viscopy, 2017

‘Sung into Being’ also includes two important series of paintings by brothers-in-law Jack Wunuwun (1930–91) and John Bulunbulun (1946–2010), depicting their clan manikay (song cycles).

An ambitious canvas painting by Wunuwun of the Banumbirr (morning star) Murrungun people’s creation narrative is expanded in 30 exquisite small bark paintings representing elements of the song and dance sequence. Bulunbulun’s series is a strong contemporary interpretation of the Ganalbingu people’s Murrukundja Manikay – the ceremonial songs and dances that tell the history of Macassan visitors to northern coastal Australia.

Jack Wunuwun, Murrungun/Djinang people, Australia / Banumbirr Manikay – (Morning Star song cycle) 1988 / Janet Holmes à Court Collection / © Jack Wunuwun 1988/ Licensed by Viscopy, 2017

Feature image: John Bulunbulun’s Murrukundja Manikay (Song cycle) (detail)