Japonisme: Japanese aesthetics in France

The influence of Japanese aesthetics in France during the nineteenth century proved pivotal to a number of modern art movements.  To celebrate the artistic intersections between France and Japan, the Gallery presents screens and decorative ware alongside impressionist landscapes and modern works. Coined in 1872 to describe the influence of Japanese art on European artists…

Indigenous knowledge and our environment

Our current exhibition ‘Water’ sparks conversations about the environmental and social challenges we face today. In the discussion ‘Traditional responses to contemporary problems’, artists Megan Cope, Nicole Foreshew and Judy Watson spoke with ABC Radio National’s Daniel Browning, about their work in the exhibition as well as the importance and urgency of engaging First Nations’…

Megan Cope’s ‘Re Formation’ takes the oyster shell as its subject

Before colonisation, the coastal shellfish reefs in Brisbane’s Moreton Bay — fostered using aquaculture techniques — were a major source of food for Aboriginal people of the region. Over centuries of feasting, towering middens created from discarded shells and bones were impressive sights on the local islands and beaches of the mainland. Megan Cope’s RE…

Olafur Eliasson traces his artistic practice over 25 years

Renowned Danish-Icelandic artist and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Olafur Eliasson traces his artistic practice over the last 25 years in a keynote address while in Brisbane for the opening of ‘Water‘. From early works like Beauty 1993, seminal installations like The weather project 2003, to his monumental work Riverbed 2014 in our current exhibition – Eliasson’s…

Conserving Jon Molvig’s works on paper

Passionate and rebellious, Helge John ‘Jon’ Molvig (1923–70) was a relentless artistic innovator, who, in the 1950s and 1960s, attained national recognition. Newcastle-born, Molvig moved to Brisbane in 1955 and dominated the city’s art scene until his death just before he turned 47. With great energy, he created figure studies, portraits and landscapes, making radical…