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…

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…

Cuzin on Matisse

Today I visited ‘Matisse: Drawing Life’ to look at the interventions of Christophe Cuzin. A contemporary French artist who was brought on board when the Gallery first started thinking about the design of the Matisse exhibition, Cuzin was invited to work with the exhibition’s designers to conceptualise a colour palette for the gallery spaces and…

Emily Floyd’s ‘Steiner rainbow’ 2006

Just about everyone in Brisbane must have heard that we recently celebrated GOMA’s 5th Birthday on Friday 2nd December 2011! Melbourne sculptor Emily Floyd has very generously gifted to the Gallery the perfect birthday present for a youngster like GOMA — her Steiner rainbow 2006. Part of the weekend celebrations were a series of talks…