We launch the 2022 program with a line-up including a solo exhibition in June of work by Japanese-born, Berlin-based artist Chiharu Shiota, and a summer blockbuster on air and its centrality to life.
Chiharu Shiota (18 June – 3 October 2022)
‘Chiharu Shiota: The Soul Trembles’ highlights twenty-five years of Chiharu Shiota’s practice across large-scale installation, sculpture, video performance, photography and drawing. Shiota is renowned internationally for her transformative installations constructed from millions of fine threads and works that express the intangible: memories, anxiety, dreams and silence.
QAGOMA is the exclusive Australian venue for ‘The Soul Trembles’, a major exhibition organised and toured by Japan’s Mori Art Museum. This exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) is the largest solo exhibition of the artist’s work to date.
Embodied Knowledge (13 August 2022 – 22 January 2023)
‘Embodied Knowledge: Queensland Contemporary Art’ will feature new commissions and recent work by artists including Robert Andrew, Burchill/McCamley, Megan Cope, Archie Moore, Ethel Murray, Ryan Presley, Obery Sambo, Vanghoua Anthony Vue, Rosie Ware, Jenny Watson, Warraba Weatherall and Justene Williams.
Transitions (20 August 2022 – 10 April 2023)
‘Transitions’ charts the evolution of significant historical Aboriginal art from 1940s to the present through early bark painting representations of the country’s ancestral creators and its fauna, to innovative contemporary explorations of materials and subjects.
Joe Furlonger (27 August 2022 – 29 January 2023)
QAGOMA will be presenting the first major museum survey of work by leading Australian painter, Queensland-born Joe Furlonger, well known for his expressive, painterly figurative images and vast landscapes. The exhibition ‘Joe Furlonger‘ will trace the Queensland artist’s career through an expansive presentation of more than 80 works across a range of media from painting to ceramics, sculpture and drawing.
Courage and Beauty (3 September 2022 – 18 June 2023)
‘Courage and Beauty: The James C. Sourris AM Collection’ celebrates the vision and generosity of Queensland art collector and philanthropist James C. Sourris AM will focus on key acquisitions of the past decade with major works by contemporary Australian artists including Vernon Ah Kee, Richard Bell, Gordon Bennett, Vivienne Binns, Jon Cattapan, Peter Cripps, Bonita Ely, d harding, Robert Hunter, Peter Kennedy, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Ross Manning, Rosslynd Piggott and Judy Watson.
Still Life Now (1 October 2022 – 12 March 2023)
‘Still Life Now’ considers the way artists today are drawing on the ideas of the still life tradition to create contemporary commentary on the nature of life and existence. The artists bring together themes of preservation, stillness, transformation and opulence across painting, sculpture and time-based media to engage with contemporary cultural and political issues and promote social change.
Air (26 November 2022 – 23 April 2023) Ticketed
The Gallery’s major summer exhibition ‘Air’, will showcase immersive and large-scale works by leading international and Australian artists exploring the cultural, ecological and political dimensions of air.
Presented across the entire ground floor of GOMA, ‘Air’ will feature Collection favourites In bed 2005 by Ron Mueck (England) and Crossing 2016, a solid-light installation by Anthony McCall (United Kingdom), along with major works by Dora Budor (Croatia), Jonathan Jones (Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi, Australia), and Carlos Amorales (Mexico), plus a significant new commission by Tomás Saraceno (Argentina).
The exhibition will be a journey through this invisible, ethereal and vital element, reflecting on awareness of our shared atmosphere as lifegiving, potentially dangerous and rapidly warming.
Featured image: Chiharu Shiota, Japan b.1972 / Uncertain Journey 2016/2019 / Installation view: ‘Shiota Chiharu: The Soul Trembles’, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, 2019 / Metal frame, red wool / © Chiharu Shiota / Photograph: Sunhi Mang / Photograph courtesy: Mori Art Museum, Tokyo