Secrets under Damask

A recent restoration was undertaken over four weeks to a parlour setting from c.1880 – 90s in the Gallery’s Collection, comprising a settee, two grandfather chairs and a grandmother chair. The setting is significant because it was constructed in Queensland from Silky ash (Ehretia acuminata), a native deciduous tree. My role as Conservation Framer is…

Rare book or time machine?

It’s not unusual for a book to show the expanse of an artist’s work but Henri Matisse: Dessins. Themes et Variations, published in 1943 and limited to 950 copies offers something more intimate. It is a portfolio of drawings consisting of 158 plates produced in lithography and presented on single loose leaf pages. Comprising 17…

Totally tapa: Installing Ngatu tā’uli 2011

Tapa cloths are usually much smaller than Ngatu tā’uli  2011. Its size required a specialised installation technique and system that could address its unique properties and needs. Following on from our previous post, conservation staff were key additions to the large team installing the Ngatu tā’uli 2011 tapa for ‘Threads: Contemporary Textiles and the Social…

Totally tapa: Conservation of Ngatu tā’uli

Conservation staff regularly devise unique solutions and techniques to allow large contemporary art works to be safely and elegantly displayed. Here is an insight into the behind-the-scenes work that went towards successfully displaying one of the special acquisitions for GOMA’s 5th Birthday celebrations. The arrival of the tapa was greatly anticipated, not only due to…

Yayoi Kusama, Japan b.1929 / The obliteration room 2002 to present

Before the first dot. Yayoi Kusama’s obliteration room

The installation of Yayoi Kusama’s popular interactive children’s project has taken the work to a new scale, filling our Children’s Art Centre at GOMA. This space has been transformed into a series of domestic—style rooms, reminiscent of the average Australian home, filled with furniture and objects painted entirely white. This functions as a blank canvas that…

Emily Floyd’s ‘Steiner rainbow’ 2006

Just about everyone in Brisbane must have heard that we recently celebrated GOMA’s 5th Birthday on Friday 2nd December 2011! Melbourne sculptor Emily Floyd has very generously gifted to the Gallery the perfect birthday present for a youngster like GOMA — her Steiner rainbow 2006. Part of the weekend celebrations were a series of talks…