Highlight: Vandy Rattana ‘Fire of the Year’

Compelled to rectify voids in Cambodian history, Vandy Rattana documents everyday life, recording events that reflect the country’s rapid transformation while revealing the ever-present realities: a haunting past and an uncertain, challenging future. He captures social contexts in their natural state, avoiding stereotypes and the perspective of foreigners, to illustrate the constructs permeating Cambodian life.…

Highlight: Cai Guo-Qiang ‘Heritage’

Purchased for the Collection with generous support from the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Diversity Foundation, this major installation work, a ‘last paradise’ inspired by Queensland’s North Stradbroke Island, continues to inspire visitors to ‘Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth’. Read about some of the symbolism behind the work. On first encountering Cai Guo-Qiang’s 2013…

Highlight: Mika Rottenberg ‘Mary’s cherries’

Questions of labour and the exploitation of women’s bodies lie at the heart of Mika Rottenberg’s humorous video installations, one of which was recently purchased for the Gallery’s Collection. Often in Mika Rottenberg’s video works, female characters with striking physical presences and in unusual environments, undertake a mundane, productive task that results in an unexpected…

Highlight: Two lithographs (after Degas)

The Gallery has been honoured with the generous gift of four works on paper, including two lithographs after Edgar Degas (1834–1917), from the Margaret Olley Art Trust. These prints introduce two themes of interest to the great impressionist. Images of horseracing were a primary focus for Edgar Degas throughout his career. The spectacle of the race…

Highlight: Takahiro Iwasaki ‘Reflection Model (Perfect Bliss)’

This stunning APT7 work by Japanese artist Takahiro Iwasaki was recently acquired for the Gallery’s Collection… however, there is more to this sculpture than its sheer beauty. Takahiro Iwasaki’s Reflection Model (Perfect Bliss) 2010–12 is an intricate miniature recreation of Phoenix Hall, part of Japan’s Byodo-in Temple complex. It reproduces the building’s reflection in its…

Highlight: The Americans

Walker Evans American Photographs and Robert Frank The Americans, two of the most important and influential North American photography books were recently acquired for the Gallery’s Research Library Collection with the generous support of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. In 1938, New York’s Museum of Modern Art held ‘Walker Evans: American Photographs’, the first solo exhibition of…