The banana cutters, a rare figurative work by Margaret Olley

The banana cutters, a rare figurative work by the much loved Australian artist Margaret Olley (1923-2011) is an intriguing and valuable addition to our Collection. Working in the second half of the twentieth century, Olley made traditional still life and interior subjects uniquely her own. It was in Brisbane in the 1960s that she first…

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 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 escape…

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

The major installation work Heritage, 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 sense…

Edmund Rosenstengel provided the benchmark of excellence in his field

Edmund Rosenstengel, the most highly regarded furniture maker in Brisbane from the 1920s to the 1950s, provided the benchmark of excellence in his field for several generations. This acquisition, purchased for the Collection with the generous assistance of Valmai Pidgeon, AM, is a piece that Rosenstengel made for himself. Edmund Rosenstengel (1887–1962) was born in Toowoomba,…

Marks on Hunt and Roskell’s ‘Presentation vase’

This magnificent Presentation vase 1864 is the most important example of Victorian silver in the Gallery’s Collection. Its elaborate decoration is unlike anything produced in the Australian colonies, though the beautifully cast and chased kangaroos and an emu (as well as a camel) around the base suggest that it was commissioned with an Australian connection…