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…

Amanda Palmer performance at the Gallery of Modern Art

Dresden Dolls drop in

Today, GOMA received a surprise visit from Amanda Palmer of Brechtian punk cabaret duo the Dresden Dolls. In Brisbane ahead of the Dolls’ show at The Tivoli tonight, Amanda threw one of her impromptu ‘ninja gigs’ on the Maiwar Green, to the delight of fans, and possibly the bewilderment of unsuspecting passers-by. Armed with her…

From page to screen: Graphic novels, comics and comic strips

While often thought of as a modern Hollywood phenomenon, the adaptation of graphic novels, comics and comic strips to screen has roots buried further back in history. Among the earliest adaptations to screen was the British comic strip ‘Ally Sloper’ (above) — a tale by Charles H. Ross about a lazy lad who expended his…

Behind the scenes: Matisse ‘The Drawing Room’ 2011

Inspired by the studio interiors and the subject matter used by Henri Matisse throughout his artistic career, GOMA’s iconic Long Gallery has been transformed into an interactive drawing studio and lounge that offers Gallery visitor’s an invitation to create their own art work. The space is broken into series of staged ‘thematic’ tableaux whose content…

Artist tees

To commemorate GOMA’s fifth birthday the Gallery Store has produced a range of limited edition t-shirts by three of Australia’s leading artists. Artistic, stylish, provocative, and just downright stunning, these tees represent the coolest way to dress this summer and beyond. Wearing one will guarantee… you will be the envy of all your friends with…

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…