A Curator’s Perspective

 

As we prepare to reopen the Queensland Art Gallery from Monday 22 June with free timed-entry tickets (the Gallery of Modern Art will reopen from Friday 7 August), our Curators have selected their favourite Collection works in this series of videos to get you excited for your next visit. Book a free timed entry ticket.

Tarun Nagesh, Curator Asian Art introduces a range of ‘Netsuke’ and our Six-fold screen: Cherry blossom at Yasaka-Jinja, Kyoto, on view in the Asian Art Collection; and the ‘China China’ series’ by Ah Xian in the International Art Collection.

Reuben Keehan, Curator Contemporary Asian Art gives you insights into Boomerang by Ai Weiwei, and Bicycle (20) – 1996 no.15/20 by Wang Luyanon both in ‘Errant Objects’, an exhibition exploring the legacy of the readymade, assemblage and the recontextualisations of cultural objects; plus Soldiers who don’t know themselves by Gerelkhuu Ganbold in ‘Gods and Gridlock’ featuring works by artists who, by experimenting with the techniques and iconography of classical tangka painting, seek its relevance in an age of digital communication.

Abigail Bernal, Assistant Curator, International Art focuses on our historical Collection with Edward Burne-Jones Aurora, and Pierre Puvis de Chavannes Pleasant land (Doux pays) both on display in the International Art Collection.

Katina Davidson, Acting Curator, Indigenous Australian Art, explores the work of Mavis Ngallametta, her work on show in the exhibition ‘Mavis Ngallametta: Show Me the Way to Go Home’.

All your favourite works are waiting for you when you visit the Queensland Art Gallery.

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‘Cherry blossom at Yasaka-Jinja, Kyoto’

Kawamata Tsunemasa, Japan active 1716-48 / Six-fold screen: Cherry blossom at Yasaka-Jinja, Kyoto / Ink, colours and gold on paper on six-fold wooden framed screen / 158 x 356cm / Purchased 2009. The Queensland Government’s Gallery of Modern Art Acquisitions Fund / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art

Netsuke

Netsuke 19th century, Japan / Carved ivory / Bequest of Karl and Gertrude Langer 1985 / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art

‘China China’ series

Ah Xian, China/Australia b.1960 / ‘China China’ series 1998 / The Kenneth and Yasuko Myer Collection of Contemporary Asian Art. Purchased 2000 with funds from The Myer Foundation, a project of the Sidney Myer Centenary Celebration 1899-1999, through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Ah Xian

‘Boomerang’

Ai Weiwei, China b.1957 / Boomerang 2006 / Glass lustres, plated steel, electric cables, LED lamps / 700 x 860 x 290cm (irreg.) / Gift of the artist through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 2007 / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Ai Weiwei

‘Soldiers who don’t know themselves’

Gerelkhuu Ganbold, Mongolia b.1988 / Soldiers who don’t know themselves 2013 / Synthetic polymer paint on canvas / Triptych: 360 x 200cm (overall) / Purchased 2015. Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation Grant / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Gerelkhuu Ganbold

‘Bicycle (20) – 1996 no.15/20’

Wang Luyan, China b.1956 / Bicycle (20) – 1996 no.15/20 1996 / Enamel paint on bicycle / 97 x 168 x 58cm / Gift of Gordon Craig through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation 2018. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Wang Luyan

‘Aurora’

Edward Burne-Jones, England 1833–98 / Aurora 1896 / Oil on canvas / 178 x 76cm / Purchased 1954 / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art

‘Peasant land’

Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, France 1824–98 / Doux pays (Pleasant land) c.1880-82 / Oil on canvas / 24.6 x 47cm / Purchased 1990 with funds from the Miss N.S. Blane and Mrs J.R. Lucas Estates in memory of their father John Robertson Blane / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art

Mavis Ngallametta: Show Me the Way to Go Home

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Featured image: Boomerang by Ai Weiwei on view in ‘Errant Objects’ in the Queensland Art Gallery Watermall

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