George W Lambert’s ‘War composition’, a memory of World War One

Australian war artists have made a rich contribution to Australian art, while playing a significant role in Australia’s interpretation of its wartime history. One of Australia’s earliest and most respected was George W. Lambert, who produced a number of notable war works, including Walk (An incident at Romani) 1919–22, which was commissioned and gifted to…

Sidney Nolan, Australia 1917-1992 / Platypus Bay, Fraser Island 1947

Sidney Nolan’s Platypus Bay, Fraser Island is a dreamlike landscape

Sidney Nolan’s Platypus Bay, Fraser Island 1947 (illustrated) is an important work from this series, one of the works from Nolan’s 1948 exhibition at Brisbane’s Moreton Galleries, it allows QAGOMA to tell, in greater depth, the significant part that the state played in Nolan’s artistic development. In July 1947, Nolan travelled to Brisbane, eager to…

Ah Xian: Heavy Wounds

The Gallery holds 15 works from the 1991 ‘Heavy wounds’ series by Ah Xian, making it the largest public collection of his paintings. The series represents a formative moment for one of Australia’s most prominent artists, and marks an early stage in a career that would become one of the most poignant explorations of contemporary cross-cultural…

Cai Guo-Qiang ‘Heritage’ inspired by Queensland’s North Stradbroke Island

The major installation work Heritage (illustrated), a ‘last paradise’ inspired by Queensland’s North Stradbroke Island, moves visitors with the symbolism behind the work. On first encountering Cai Guo-Qiang’s 2013 installation, many visitors gasp in awe and surprise, a visceral response that is at once sensory and emotional. While many contemporary works of art evoke a…

Sounding out the Collection

The Gallery holds a number of artworks in which sound or music are significant. Recent gifts of music and pop culture ephemera, along with important multimedia Collection works, are the inspiration behind the new exhibition ‘Seen + Heard: Works and Multiples from the Collection’. ‘Seen + Heard: Works and Multiples from the Collection’ considers some…

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…