Commissioning ‘Heritage’: An installation by Cai Guo-Qiang

Over a period of six years from 2008, QAGOMA and New York-based Chinese artist Cai Guo- Qiang developed and realised the spectacular and meditative art installation Heritage 2013 — a beautiful, thought-provoking vision of our relationship with the earth and with each other. A highly collaborative undertaking, the artwork comprises 99 life-sized imitation animals from…

Pannaphan Yodmanee’s ‘In the Aftermath’ is a complex, immersive installation

From the age of ten, Thai artist Pannaphan Yodmanee was taught traditional Buddhist painting techniques by a monk at her local temple, and while she draws on this depth of knowledge, she moves beyond traditional conventions to connect the symbolic, the spiritual and the secular in exciting and experiential new ways. Through years of refining…

Watch our time-lapse as Qiu Zhijie creates his enormous wall painting

Internationally acclaimed Chinese artist Qiu Zhijie’s enormous five-storey wall painting Map of Technological Ethics 2018, has its origins in Chinese ink painting and calligraphy. Inspired while gazing across the Brisbane River, the map is influenced by Brisbane’s combination of ecological paradise and its technological integration. Painted directly on to the gallery wall, 18 metres in height and 38 metres long,…

Turning bats into fungi: Watch as we install Patricia Piccinini’s Grotto

Patricia Piccinini has terraformed her suite of immersive multisensory installations at GOMA during ‘Curious Affection‘ to resemble earth – however she has taken every freedom, turning flowers into flesh, torsos into trees, and bats into fungi – and vice versa. Brimming with fertility, Piccinini conjures a sense of how very different our world could be if…

The peace between lightning and thunder: Watch as we install Patricia Piccinini’s diorama

Known for her imaginative, yet strangely familiar, hybrid creatures, Patricia Piccinini uses sculpture, installation, and sound in her fantastical diorama to realise a compassionate vision inspired by science, and mythology. As you wander through ‘Curious Affection‘ you can hear Francois Tetaz’s wistful and wondrous soundscape before entering Piccinini’s The peace between lightning and thunder – an unexpected…

Watch as we install Patricia Piccinini’s multisensory field of flowers

The Field, a multisensory installation in ‘Patricia Piccinini: Curious Affection’ is both a great artistic, and engineering, accomplishment that captivates all who enter the exhibition. This ambitious new commission for the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) is populated with the enchanting and enigmatic creatures for which Piccinini is renowned, but uniquely they sit in a…