Autumn breezes fortified for an abundance of winters to come

QAGOMA conservators collaborated with specialist East Asian Art Conservator Jennifer Loubser to assess the conservation repairs necessary to stabilise an unusual 8-panel Japanese folding screen, Scenes from Genji Monogatari to allow its safe handling and display – in assessing the condition of the work when it came into the Collection it was found that hundreds…

Conserving Japanese Scrolls

Emily Wakeling continues her conversation with Kim Barrett, Conservator, Works on Paper with a focus on displaying and caring for Japanese Scrolls. The exhibition ‘A fleeting bloom’ at the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) includes a number of hanging scrolls, and we prepared these delicate works for display. Japanese scrolls are long works on paper that…

Under a flowering cherry tree

The exhibition ‘A fleeting bloom’ focuses on the moments of distinct and transient beauty found in the portrayals of nature, history and spirituality in Japanese art. This display of historic works features screens gifted from the James Fairfax AC Bequest 2018. The wide planes of folding screens (byōbu) – a painting format at its peak…

Installing Aisha Khalid’s steel and gold-plated pin tapestry

Pakistani artist Aisha Khalid’s site-specific triptych Water has never feared the fire is a set of hanging textiles embedded with millions of long, steel and gold-plated pins commissioned for ‘The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT9). This remarkable sculptural textile presented unique unpacking and documenting challenges upon its arrival at the Gallery. Emily Gray takes us behind-the-scenes…

Conserving Japanese folding screens

‘A fleeting bloom: Japanese Art from the Collection’ is the debut exhibition for a number of historical folding screens that recently entered the QAGOMA Collection as part of the James Fairfax AC Bequest. The Curatorial team for Asian art worked closely with Conservation staff on this project and Emily Wakeling recently met behind-the-scenes with Kim…

Delve into the secrets of ‘A busy corner of the Brisbane River’

George Wishart worked as a professional photographer and was taught painting by Isaac Walter Jenner, Brisbane’s foremost marine painter. He mainly painted scenes of Moreton Bay and the Brisbane River. When A busy corner of the Brisbane River 1897 was first exhibited at the Queensland International Exhibition in 1897, it was highly praised as ‘decidedly one of…