In 2012 the Gallery showcased major new acquisitions installed throughout the ground floor of GOMA. ‘Sculpture is Everything’ (18 August – 28 October 2012) explored the extraordinarily diverse and surprising field of contemporary sculpture — from found objects to kinetic structures, from monuments to installation and land art, from pop assemblages to ritual objects.
Form, material and three-dimensional space were considered to define the medium of sculpture with the exhibition pointing to how these sculptural concerns are played out in film, photography, painting and performance. The exhibition featured works by Australian and international artists including Ai Weiwei, Martin Creed, Olaf Breuning, Thomas Demand, Lara Favaretto, Simryn Gill, Romuald Hazoumé, Gordon Hookey, Zilvinas Kempinas, Anish Kapoor, Gordon Matta-Clark, John Mawurndjul, Henrique Oliveira, Dennis Oppenheim, Michael Sailstorfer, Kathy Temin, Ken Thaiday Sr, Rachel Whiteread and Erwin Wurm.
Do you remember the exhibitions from 2012 as we continue the countdown to GOMA’s tenth birthday in December?
‘The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (8 December 2012 — 14 April 2013) marked the twentieth anniversary of the exhibition, and presented an opportunity to reflect on the unprecedented transformations that occurred in Australia, Asia and the Pacific over those past two decades; ‘Propaganda?’ (23 June – 21 October 2012) considered the varied approaches of politically motivated art from the traditional forms of painting and sculpture, to mass media such as prints, posters, banners and photography; ‘Lightness & Gravity’ (3 March — 21 October 2012) showcased a series of thematic constellations on the longstanding philosophical discussion of the fundamental character of life as weighty, meaningful and constrained by history or or as playful and arbitrary; ‘Across Country’ (5 November 2011 — 21 October 2012) profiled the history of Indigenous Australian art from across the country; ‘Contemporary Australia: Women’ (21 April – 22 July 2012) the second in the Gallery’s Contemporary Australia exhibition series celebrated the diversity, energy and innovation of contemporary women artists; and ‘Social Networking’ (3 March — 1 July 2012) showed how contemporary artists were exploring social contact with their subjects and audiences.